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September 17, 2014

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Wranglers don special Rebel gear but suffer shootout loss

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STEPHEN SYLVANIE / SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Wranglers forward Adam Hughesman shoots the puck while being covered by Utah Grizzlies defenseman Martin Lee during the third period on Friday night at the Orleans Arena.

Wranglers vs. Grizzlies

Las Vegas Wranglers goaltender Travis Fullerton keeps his eyes on the puck as it bounces into the corner during the second period of play against the visiting Utah Grizzlies on Friday night at the Orleans Arena on Friday night. The Wrangler players wore special sweaters inspired by UNLV Rebels jerseys that were to be auctioned off during the game to fans with the proceeds benefitting the Dave Rice Foundation. Launch slideshow »

The Las Vegas Wranglers were looking to shake a home losing streak Friday night with the Utah Grizzlies coming to town. Wearing special jerseys inspired by the UNLV Rebels, the Wranglers managed to earn a point despite continuing their losing ways before a raucous crowd of 5,572 at the Orleans Arena.

Utah scored the first goal of the game at 9:36 of the first period, but Wrangler Chad Nehring quickly answered with the first of two goals on the night, tying it up with his sixth goal of the year.

Utah would score the next two goals as Kris Hogg scored at 11:26 of the second period and Mathieu Aubin netted a five on three power-play goal to give Utah a 3-1 lead.

Wrangler center John Armstong breathed life into Las Vegas after he scored his ninth goal of the year on the power play with just 35.8 seconds left in the second to bring the score to within a goal.

The third period was largely a balanced battle until Wranglers center Chad Nehring scored his second goal of the night to tie the game 3-3.

Regulation time expired with the score tied, and the teams engaged in a five-minute sudden-death overtime period. Despite having to fend off the remainder of a Utah power play at the beginning of overtime, the Wranglers weathered the storm, and the score remained tied through the overtime period.

The Utah Grizzlies prevailed in the shootout, earning a 4-3 victory.

The same two teams will face off Saturday night at the Orleans Arena at 7:05.

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