24 Feb 2009
Phoenix Roadrunners vs. Las Vegas Wranglers ECHL Hockey
This article reprinted with permission from the Phoenix Roadrunners.
By Alyson McCloy
The Phoenix RoadRunners outshot the Las Vegas Wrangler 46-23 as they defeated them 2-1 Monday night in front of 1,949 fans at US Airways Center.
The RoadRunners (24-24-3) got on the board first but not until the second period when Kimbi Daniels netted the puck past Wrangler goalie Matt Keetley at 1:47. Dan DaSilva and Merit Waldrop assisted. Ashton Rome gave Phoenix a 2-0 lead when he scored from the left circle off a rebound by Dane Crowley at 13:04 on the power play. Jeremy Swanson also assisted as the RoadRunners outshot the Wranglers 38-13 and took the two-goal lead into the locker room at second intermission.
“It’s been in our game plan to get pucks and bodies on the net,” RoadRunner Head Coach Brad Church said of outshooting the Wranglers. “We just need to work on finishing more.”
Las Vegas (26-23-6) came within a goal of Phoenix at 6:46 of the third period when Tyler Mosienkoscored glove side on RoadRunner goalie Kyle Jones on the power play. Mike Madill and Peter Ferraro had the assists as the Wranglers were unable to tie up the game despite pulling Keetley in the final minute.
“We had a good save by Jones,” Church said of the pressure Las Vegas put on the RoadRunners in the last minute of play. “Then Carefoot made sure the puck got out past the blue line.”
Jones had 22 saves on the night while Keetley had 44 saves. The RoadRunners’ next game is Thursday, Feb. 26 against the Ontario Reign at 7:05 p.m. at US Airways Center.
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