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Florida still unbeaten after victory over Wranglers

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STEPHEN SYLVANIE / SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Las Vegas Wranglers goaltender Travis Fullerton attempts to control a loose puck as Florida Everblades forward Kyle Bonis (8) tries to tip it away during the second period of an ECHL game at the Orleans Arena on Tuesday night. Also pictured in the play is Wranglers forward Chris Francis (12).

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Las Vegas Wranglers right wing Cody Purves (47) gets tripped up by Florida Everblades defenseman Olivier Dame-Malka (44) during an ECHL game at the Orleans Arena on Tuesday night. Launch slideshow »

The Florida Everblades defeated the Wranglers 5-3 on Tuesday night before a crowd of 2,867 in Florida's first appearance in Las Vegas since the 2012 Kelly Cup Finals.

Wranglers goaltender Travis Fullerton stopped 29 of 33 shots in the loss, while Everblades netminder stopped 22 of 25 for his fourth win this season, which keeps Florida's unbeaten streak alive at 6-0.

Florida's John Henrion opened the scoring in the first period with a wrister that beat Fullerton in the first two minutes.

Florida scored two more unanswered goals in the second period — Henrion's second of the game, and a powerplay goal by Matthew Pistilli midway through the period — to give Florida a 3-0 lead. Matt Tassone got Las Vegas on the board with a short-handed goal near the end of a match penalty assessed to Adam Huxley for a hit to the head at the 10:55 mark of the second period. Florida's Brandon MacLean would score again just two minutes later to regain a three-goal advantage to close out the second period.

Wranglers defenseman Jeff May would score his second and third goals of the season in the third period to bring Las Vegas within a goal, though Florida would answer with an empty-net score with just under a minute remaining to seal the victory.

The Wranglers begin a three-game homestand on Friday night as the Fort Wayne Komets make their debut at the Orleans Arena.

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