After two relatively easy victories, the Ice Dogs had an early-season wake-up call Friday when they lost, 9-4, to the Las Vegas Thunder before 9,165 at the Thomas & Mack Center.
The Ice Dogs (2-1-0) played catch-up all night and whenever they started to get things going, the Thunder (1-0-1) would answer back with a quick goal or the Ice Dogs would find themselves in the penalty box.
Thunder left winger Ken Quinney took advantage of an early Ice Dog penalty for too many players on the ice and notched the first of his three goals at 3:18 in the first period.
He led the team in scoring, followed by Todd Simon with two goals.
The Ice Dogs, who got earlier goals from Mark Krys and Steve Bancroft, gave it a final push in the third period, outshooting Las Vegas, 16-7, and getting goals from Patrik Augusta and Dwayne Norris, but it wasn't enough.