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December 19, 2014

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Wranglers lose physical game in final moments

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STEPHEN SYLVANIE / SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Wranglers forward Adam Hughesman is interfered with on a partial break away by Colorado Eagles forward Kevin Ulanski late in the third period of play on Tuesday night at the Orleans Arena.

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Las Vegas Wranglers goaltender Mitch O'Keefe covers the post with a pad to stop a scoring attempt by Colorado Eagles forward Kevin Ulanski during the first period on Tuesday night. Launch slideshow »

The Las Vegas Wranglers looked to put back-to-back wins together against the Colorado Eagles on Tuesday night after shutting them out during the Midnight Circus game in the wee hours of Monday morning.

The Wranglers put together another hard-checking, spirited game against the Eagles, yet fell short by 0.3 seconds, thanks to the quick wrist of Colorado defenseman Mark Nemec.

Wranglers forward Robbie Smith scored his second goal in as many games after deflecting an Adam Hughesman shot past Eagles goaltender Dustin Butler to give the Wranglers the 1-0 first period lead.

With 14:40 to go in the second period, Eagles forward Kyle Kraemer found himself open near the right faceoff circle and beat Wrangler goaltender Mitch O'Keefe's glove to tie the game 1-1.

Both teams traded big checks and prime scoring chances into the third period. Adam Hughesman ripped a shot into the Colorado net to give Vegas a short-lived 2-1 lead early into the third stanza.

Kraemer would score his second goal of the night for Colorado minutes later in the third to tie the game up, 2-2.

With seconds remaining in the third period, and a face-off taking place to the side of the Wranglers goal, Colorado would win the draw, and the game, when Nemec would find the puck on his stick and quickly shovel it past O'Keefe with 0.3 seconds remaining to give Colorado the 3-2 victory at the end of regulation.

Next up for the Wranglers will be a quick trip to Bakersfield on Saturday then back home to Las Vegas to host the Condors on Tuesday.

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