BOISE - The Las Vegas Wranglers scored three goals in the second period, two from Peter MacArthur, to rally past the Idaho Steelheads Friday night, 4-3, in Boise.
Idaho saw its six-game winning streak come to an end despite having a 3-1 lead in the second period.
The Steelheads let loose in the first with an offensive flurry late in the frame. Jacob Cepis started the scoring run with his ninth goal of the season. Less than a minute later, a Klassen putback gave Idaho their first lead of the game. Two minutes after that, Cepis found the back of the net for the second time to make it 3-1 Idaho.
The Steelheads two-goal advantage stood until the midway point of the second period. With the teams skating 4-on-4 with Jamie Fritsch and Marc Rancourt in the penalty box, Las Vegas struck twice in less than a minute. Adam Miller snapped a wrister past Kuhn from the slot and then MacArthur tucked home a rebound to tie the game at 3 at the 9:09 mark of the second. Las Vegas got the eventual game-winning goal from MacArthur at 14:58 of the second from Miller, giving the Wranglers a 4-3 lead.
The Steelheads couldn't generate any offense in the third period as a disciplined Wrangler team held Idaho to five shots on goal in the final frame as neither team found the net in the final twenty minutes.
The same two teams tangle on New Year's Eve in Boise with the puck dropping at 7:10 PM.