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Wranglers score three power-play goals in 5-4 win over Bakersfield

Wranglers vs. Bakersfield

Stephen Sylvanie / Special to the Sun

Wranglers newcomer Tomas Petruska sweeps the puck along the boards behind him as Bakersfield’s Eric Burdoerfer closes in during the second period at the Orleans Arena on Friday night.

Wranglers vs. Bakersfield

Wranglers winger Mick Lawrence stretches out to help deflect a puck away from goaltender Jimmy Spratt as defenseman Matt Deschamps (6) prepares to clear it from danger during the first period as Las Vegas hosted Bakersfield at the Orleans Arena on Friday night. Launch slideshow »

Friday night, the Las Vegas Wranglers picked up where they left off.

Powered by three power-play goals, the Wranglers defeated the Bakersfield Condors, 5-4, for their second straight victory.

“It was a big win,” head coach Ryan Mougenel said. “We found a way tonight.”

Wranglers right-winger Alex Bourret scored the game-winning goal, assisted by Adam Miller and Mike Madill on the power play at the 6:24 mark of the third period.

Facing an early one-goal deficit, defenseman Jason Krischuk set the pace with a power-play goal from the point for the tie.

“Krischuk’s had eyes tonight,” Mougenel said. “He’s done a good job of getting the puck to the net.”

The other power-play goal came courtesy of Mick Lawrence to tie the game at 3 early in the second period. Madill, who collected an assist on the goal, recorded three on the night.

“Our power play is clicking like it was in the beginning of the year,” Mougenel said. “I think when you simplify things and get good net presence, good things happen.”

Jimmy Spratt earned his second straight win, stopping 31 of 35 Bakersfield shots in the win.

“He’s going to keep getting better,” Mougenel said. “The more he plays, the more I like him.”

Coupled with losses from the Stockton Thunder and Ontario Reign, the Wranglers (28-26-7) jump into the sixth spot in the conference with 63 points.

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