Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 | 5:37 p.m.
The Las Vegas Wranglers hosted the Bakersfield Condors at the Orleans Arena on Sunday afternoon, playing their fifth game in six days, thanks in large part to a quirky schedule that has them playing the majority of their home games in the final two months of the season. Bakersfield defeated the Wranglers 3-1 before 4,290 fans who came hoping to see a home win. Instead, they witnessed the Condors outshoot the home team 32-16 and Wranglers goaltender Mitch O'Keefe taking a loss despite his stellar effort in goal.
It was the Wranglers scoring the first goal, with defenseman Greg Coburn driving the puck, and himself, into the Condors goal for a short-handed tally.
Bakersfield tied the game on a power play goal from winger Chris Collins, his first of two goals on the day for the Condors.
The teams battled back and forth through a fairly even contest until the 15-minute mark of the third period, when Condors forward Andrew Carroll netted his sixth goal of the season to give Bakersfield the 2-1 lead.
With a faceoff in the Condors' end of the ice, the Wranglers elected to pull goaltender Mitch O'Keefe for an extra skater, and with four seconds left in the gam,e Chris Collins scored his second goal of the game, an empty netter, to give Bakersfield the 3-1 victory.
The Wranglers head to Ontario on Wednesday, then return to the Orleans Arena for games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.