Stephen R. Sylvanie / Special to the Sun
Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013 | 5:55 p.m.
The Las Vegas Wranglers were handed a 4-1 loss Sunday afternoon by the Fort Wayne Komets in a penalty-riddled match to close out a three-game weekend homestand. The Wranglers fall to 3-6 on the season and will embark on a nine-game road trip that will not see them return to the Orleans Arena until Dec. 6.
Three minutes into the first period, the Komets took the lead on a power-play goal by forward Chris Auger, his first of two goals in the game. At the 10:49 mark of the first period, Wranglers forward Geoff Irwin crashed the Fort Wayne net to chip in his second goal of the season, tying the game at 1-1. Later in the period, the Komets would score another power-play tally, this one by defenseman Jace Coyle.
The second period saw 54 minutes in penalties assessed to players on both sides, including game misconduct infractions dealt to Coyle and Wranglers defenseman Charlie Cook for separate incidents of being the third man into an altercation as fights broke out on the ice.
The Komets would score 44 seconds into the third period on Auger's second goal of the game and again near the end of the period as Brandon Marino roofed a loose puck into an open net above a prone Wranglers goaltender Travis Fullerton.
In the final minute, Komets captain Nick Tuzzolino and Wranglers forward Matt Tassone were assessed spearing major penalties and game misconducts. Both will likely result in suspensions from the ECHL upon their review.
The Wranglers' road trip starts Friday in Bakersfield and will take them through Alaska, Colorado and Idaho.