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December 19, 2014

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Aces strike first, handing Wranglers another loss

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STEPHEN SYLVANIE / SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Andrew Sarauer streaks into the offensive zone as Aces defender Cory Syvret slides to cut off the passing lane during an Wranglers odd-man rush early in the first period of play between Alaska and Las Vegas on Friday night at the Orleans Arena.

Wranglers vs. Aces

Down by a goal, Wranglers head coach Ryan Mougenel, center, calls his team together to draw up a play during a timeout taken with just over a minute remaining in the third period of play against the Alaska Aces on Friday night. Launch slideshow »

The Las Vegas Wranglers’ slump continued as their losing streak was extended to four games, following a 2-1 loss to the Alaska Aces on Friday at the Orleans Arena.

The Wranglers dropped to 3-5-0-1 and find themselves in last place in the Western Conference early in the season. The Aces, on the other hand, improved to 7-4-0-0, and are two points behind the Idaho Steelheads and Ontario Reign.

Nick Mazzolini scored two goals to lead the Aces.

Per the continuing trend with the Wranglers, the opposing team drew first blood in the first period.

Mazzolini scored a power-play goal at the 8:56 mark. Garry Nunn and Kane Lafranchise assisted on the goal.

Then 11 minutes into the second period, the Wranglers snapped 172 minutes of scoreless hockey when Eric Lampe scored to level the game at 1.

The score remained tied for close to eight minutes before Mazzolini scored his second goal of the night.

Alaska’s Mark Guggenberger made 30 saves, while Las Vegas’ Joe Fallon saved 35 of 37 shots.

The two teams wrap up a three-game set Saturday at the Orleans Arena.

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