West Valley City, Utah - The Las Vegas Wranglers defeated the Utah Grizzlies 5-2 Friday night at the E-Center to clinch the National Conference Finals four games to none.
Las Vegas once again jumped up early taking a 1-0 lead 2:19 into the first period scoring with an extra-attacker on a delayed Utah penalty. The Grizzlies tied the game for the only time at 7:59 of the first period with Ryan Kinasewich scoring his team-leading eighth goal of the playoffs.
The Wranglers responded with three goals in 7:27 from 11:02 of the first to 18:29 of the period to take a 4-1 first intermission lead.
Utah added a James Sanford power-play goal 8:39 into the second to make the game 4-2 before Las Vegas got their three-goal lead back late in the second and 5-2 would be the final score.
Mike Mole relieved Nathan Lawson at the start of the second period and stopped 17 of 18 Las Vegas shots.
The Grizzlies open the 2008-2009 season Saturday, October 18 at Idaho. The 2008-2009 home schedule opens Friday, October 24 when Utah hosts Alaska.