|Las Vegas Wranglers team captain Mike Madill (9) poses with the Taylor Trophy along with alternate captains Ryan Weston (52) and Barry Goers (6). Photo: Greg Martin|
After eliminating the Alaska Aces from the postseason and clinching the Western Conference championship last night, the Las Vegas Wranglers announced today the four home dates for the 2012 Kelly Cup Finals. The team will play the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals, between the Florida Everblades and the Kalamazoo Wings, and the three road games will be announced once that series is complete. The Everblades currently lead the series, 2-1.
The best-of-seven series begins in Las Vegas on Monday, May 14, and is as follows:
Game 1 – Monday, May 14, at 7:05 p.m. – Orleans Arena
Game 2 – Tuesday, May 15, at 7:05 p.m. – Orleans Arena
Game 3 – TBD
Game 4 – TBD
Game 5 – TBD (if necessary)
Game 6 – Friday, May 25, at 7:05 p.m. (if necessary) – Orleans Arena
Game 7 – Saturday, May 26, at 7:05 p.m. (if necessary) – Orleans Arena
The third-seeded Wranglers will have home-ice advantage over either team it faces by being a higher seed than Florida and having a better regular-season record than Kalamazoo. This will be head coach Ryan Mougenel’s first trip to the Finals with the Wranglers after advancing his team to the postseason in both 2010 and 2011. The Wranglers last went to the Kelly Cup Finals in 2008, falling in six games to the Cincinnati Cyclones.
Playoff tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through the Wranglers front office at 702-471-PUCK. Fans can lock in their seats by purchasing playoff strip tickets starting at $18 per game, and tickets for kids ages 12 and younger are just $8. Individual Wranglers playoff tickets are available at 702-284-7777, in person at all Coast Casino properties or the Town Square shopping center, or online at orleansarena.com.