Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009 | 1:18 a.m.
Less than one week from climbing atop the Pacific Division standings, the Las Vegas Wranglers find themselves riding a four-game losing streak with no end in sight.
The Wranglers squandered an early three-goal lead before falling 4-3 in overtime to the Idaho Steelheads in front of 3,060 fans at QWest Arena on Wednesday night.
After missing the last four games due to a neck injury, Peter Ferraro scored two consecutive goals in the first period to give the Wranglers a 2-0 lead. Hugo Carpentier added another at 17:01 in the first to send Las Vegas into the first intermission up 3-0.
That early scoring burst would prove inadequate as the Steelheads battled back. Former Wrangler Garett Bembridge scored the game-tying goal with 3:20 remaining in the contest to force overtime.
Another former Wrangler, Matt McKnight netted the game-winner just 1:13 into overtime.
Although he picked up the loss, Las Vegas goalie Matt Keetley made 43 saves as the Steelheads out-shot the Wranglers 47-23.
The Wranglers (26-20-6) will remain in Idaho for another shot at the Steelheads (28-16-3) on Friday at 6:10 p.m.
Steve Silver can be reached at 948-7822 or firstname.lastname@example.org.