Stephen Sylvanie/Special to the Sun
Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011 | 12:21 a.m.
Las Vegas scored three goals in the third period to capture its fourth consecutive victory with a 4-1 win over the Ontario Reign Friday night at the Orleans Arena in front of a crowd of 4,611 fans.
Wranglers forward Eric Lampe opened the scoring with an unassisted short-handed goal at the 5:56 mark of the first period as he slid the puck through the legs of Ontario goaltender Chris Carrozzi on a breakaway.
“I tried to chip it passed the defenseman and I just raced him. I beat him and just threw it towards the net and it tricked through his five-hole,” Lampe said.
Ontario tied the game less than four minutes later as forward Francois Brisebois scored a goal on a rebound in front of the Wranglers’ net with the assist credited to center Matt Tassone.
After a scoreless second period, Lampe picked up his 20th goal of the season with his second short-handed goal of the night just over 30 seconds into the third period for what proved to be the game-winning goal.
“The second one I just stole it from the defense and I faked like I was going to shoot and went backhand and the goalie bit and it went in,” Lampe said.
Wranglers forward Judd Blackwater sealed the game with his 12th goal of the season with 4:07 remaining in regulation. Blackwater fired a slap shot that deflected off Carrozzi and into the net for his 29th point of the year.
Newly returned center Pete MacArthur capped the scoring for the Wranglers with an empty net goal with 21 seconds left in the game to hand Las Vegas a 4-1 win.
Las Vegas goaltender Joe Fallon, who is being called up to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL on Saturday, was steady in front of the net as he stopped 31 of the Reign’s 32 shots.
Stars of the game: 1. Eric Lampe (2 goals, 1 assist); 2. Joe Fallon (31 saves); 3. Judd Blackwater (1 goal).
Lampe and Blackwater continue scoring surge: With three points, Lampe moved into sole possession of fourth place on the ECHL scoring list with 28 points on the season. Blackwater tallied another point to move into sole possession of third place on the list with 29 points.
Penalty Killers: Both teams were excellent on the penalty kill. Las Vegas killed all seven of the Reign’s power play opportunities and the Wranglers were held scoreless on their eight power play chances.
Next up: Las Vegas returns to the ice for the fourth time in five nights on Saturday as they travel across the border to Ontario for a 6 p.m. start. The Wranglers will then have five days off before returning home to host the Bakersfield Condors next Friday.
Final word: “We’re going to lose Joe Fallon tomorrow. He’s going up to Bridgeport, which is great for Joe,” Wranglers head coach Ryan Mougenel said. “He definitely deserves it. That’s what happens when you have a team that plays well in front of you. He can definitely be a difference maker at the next level.”
The Orleans Arena, a Boyd Gaming facility located just west of the Las Vegas Strip, is one of the nation’s leading mid-sized arenas, and was recently ranked No. 1 in the United States and No. 5 internationally among venues of similar size by Venues Today Magazine.
The Arena hosts more than 200 events each year, including concerts by top names like Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, Van Halen, Brooks & Dunn, Black Eyed Peas, Akon and Rihanna; family favorites like The Harlem Globetrotters and Circus Spectacular; and a wide variety of sporting events, including NCAA basketball tournaments, the West Coast Conference and Western Athletic Conference Basketball Championships, mixed martial arts with Superior Cage Combat, and major motorsports events.
The arena serves as home to the Las Vegas Wranglers professional ECHL hockey team, the Las Vegas Legends professional indoor soccer team, and the Lingerie Football League’s Las Vegas Sin. Stay connected to the Orleans Arena on Facebook (www.facebook.com/orleansarena) and on Twitter (@orleansarena).