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April 19, 2014

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Road-weary Wranglers return home with win over Bakersfield



Las Vegas Wranglers defenseman Eddie DelGrosso braces for a hit from Bakersfield forward Ryan Watson after dumping the puck into the offensive zone during the third period of play at the Orleans Arena on Friday night.

Las Vegas vs. Bakersfield

Las Vegas Wranglers defenseman Nolan Julseth-White lifts his skate as a shot comes in from the point towards Bakersfield Condors goaltender Chet Pickard during an ECHL game at the Orleans Arena on Friday night. Launch slideshow »

More than 7,000 fans greeted the Las Vegas Wranglers back home to the Orleans Arena on Friday night after a monthlong road trip, and they were not disappointed. Backed by the goaltender Travis Fullerton's performance of stopping 33 of 34 Bakersfield shots, the Wranglers gave the home fans a 3-1 victory over the Condors.

The first goal of the game was driven home by Condors captain Joel Broda, as the Wranglers appeared a bit sluggish during a period with three stoppages due to faulty plexiglass behind the Bakersfield net.

Wranglers forward Adam Huxley got Las Vegas on the board with a wrist shot midway through the second period.

Geoff Irwin tallied the second Wranglers score of the period that would stand as the game-winner near the end of the second on a slap shot from the point.

The third period was tightly played by both teams, though the Wranglers would add an insurance goal late with Bakersfield goalie Chet Pickard pulled for an extra attacker as Adam Hughesman fluttered an empty netter the length of the ice for his fourth goal of the season, icing the win for Las Vegas.

After a quick trip to Bakersfield on Saturday, the Wranglers will return home to the Orleans for a 2:05 p.m. Sunday matinee game against the San Francisco Bulls. That game will feature the annual Teddy Bear Toss as well as a limited post-game skate with the team.

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