Thursday, November 26, 2015
Innsbruck, Austria – Chris Francis of Las Vegas scored the OT game-winning shootout goal in a 2-1 win for the Rob Pallin-coached Sapa Fehervar AV19 on Thanksgiving Day. It was the 7th win in a row for coach Rob’s club. On Friday night Sapa Fehervar AV19 will be playing in Dornbirn which is on the border of Austria and Switzerland.
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Wenatchee, Washington – Brendan Harris of Las Vegas had one assist for the BCHL Wenatchee Wild in a 4-3 loss to the BCHL West Kelowna Warriors before 2510 at the Town Toyota Center on Thanksgiving Night. West Kelowna broke to a two-goal lead in the first period. Brendan, with 7 goals, 21 assists for 28 points, is the top scorer for Wenatchee which has a 16-7-2 record. West Kelowna is 15-9-2.
Wenatchee will take on the BCHL Trail Smoke Eaters here Friday night.
By Lee Samuels
We have covered and written about hockey in Las Vegas for over 20 seasons – first with Vegashockey.com, now with Vegashockey.net – and have seen the greatest hometown players and covered the biggest of games. We learned how the best coaches listen and deal with their player, parents and the little ones which brings us to this scene a few years ago at the SoBe Ice Arena Pro Shop. You will see how this hometown coach handled the biggest question of all during Christmas week…
THE COACH WHO BELIEVED IN SANTA CLAUS
It was Christmas week, icy cold outside the ice rink doors and skaters were getting set for the holiday and to gear up for the big Vancouver International Tournament that weekend. The Pro Shop at the Santa Fe Stations Ice Arena was crowded and busy two days before Christmas. Dave Francis, the best blade sharpener in town, had a blowtorch lit with a hot white blue flame crackling while working on a pair of skates. Hockey dad Steve Allen was over by the rack of hockey sticks looking for a gift for his son Jason. Gramps was at a small table wrapping holiday gifts for the UNLV players. Coach Rob was talking to a few parents about the big trip to Canada. Then….
Then skater Jimmy Samuels came in with his cousins first year skater Ryan, 6, and little sister Leah 4.
“Coach, you don’t believe in that Santa stuff do you,” Jimmy said. “I mean I know, but they are asking…”
Jimmy looked towards Ryan and Leah who looked back with kid excitement.
“Santa is on his way, right?” Jimmy asked.
That’s when the holiday music stopped and Dave Francis turned off the blowtorch, raised his protective goggles and looked towards coach Rob. Steve Allen put the Nike hockey stick back into the rack and looked over. Gramps stopped wrapping gifts and took a hard look at coach Rob. We were there with our blue line notebook and a peppermint mocha in a red holiday paper cup.
Of all the questions for the skipper…
All eyes were on coach Rob…..and there was something about coach Rob and the spirit of Christmas that no one knew, except for me.
(Continued tomorrow exclusively on Vegashockey.net — Lee is also the author of the holiday classic The Kid Who Never Scored a Goal)
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On Thanksgiving Eve there were three Las Vegas skaters in action
St. Paul, Minnesota – Jason Zucker and the NHL Minnesota Wild took an early one goal lead but the Vancouver Canucks got a huge game from goalie Ryan Miller and won 3-2 in a tightly played game at the Excel Energy Center on Thanksgiving Eve. Minnesota, 8-2-0 on home ice this season, had more shots 33-28.
Independence, Mo. – Zach Pochiro of Las Vegas had five shots on goal tonight for the ECHL Quad City Mallards who lost 4-1 to the Missouri Mavericks at the Silverstein Eye Centers Area. The crowd was 4276. Zach has 5 goals, 6 assists for 11 points this season. The Missouri Mavericks are a division leader with a record of 14-2-0; Quad City is 8-7-1
Huntsville, Alabama – Cory Ward and Bemidji State rallied late with a three-goal burst in the third period to beat Alabama-Huntsville 4-1 at the Von Braun Center on Thanksgiving Eve. Cory this season has one goal, six assists for seven points. Bemidji State is now 3-6-3, Alabama-Huntsville 3-7-1. The teams play the second game of the weekend series here Friday night.
Here is how Las Vegas players, coaches, alumni will spend Thanksgiving….
ZANE BRANSON, GOALIE, GMHL ORANGEVILLE ICE CRUSHERS
Hockey dad Steve: Zane doesn’t have much time this year for Thanksgiving as his team plays home Thanksgiving Eve and are away in Meaford on Thanksgiving Day. Zane is a big fan of his mom’s stuffing but usually makes a good run for everything on the table. All of that great eating must wait for a few weeks when Zane comes home for Christmas.
VITO CARLO, AAA WEST COAST RENEGADES-UTAH
Hockey mom Rosie: Vito is back on the ice, finally. His first games were a couple of weeks ago in South Dakota at a Super Series Showcase. He scored two goals that weekend. Vito will stay in Park City, Utah for Thanksgiving because one of his best friends is returning there from prep school. Dinner will be cooked and prepared by Vito’s billet mom. I know for sure she makes my Corn Casserole recipe which is a favorite of Vito’s. Although we will miss him terribly for Thanksgiving we get to have him home for Christmas.
MICHAEL CICHY, WISCONSIN RAPIDS RIVERKINGS
Hockey mom Pat: Michael will be with his billet family in Wisconsin. They plan to have dinner, then go to the Green Bay Packers game where they are retiring Brett Favres jersey. Michael’s favorite Thanksgiving meal is turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and my stuffing. He will get a lot of that too when he comes home for Christmas.
RICHIE CROSSLEY, DEFENSEMAN, LAS VEGAS
My Thanksgiving plans will be celebrating with my family. My mom usually cooks the turkey with stuffing. I like to keep it plain and simple.
EDDIE DELGROSSO, ALL STAR DEFENSEMAN – RETIRED
Hockey mom Patty DeGrosso – If Eddie sees a turkey leg he’ll try to grab it. Or anything that looks like dark turkey. Seriously, he likes it all. He just got engaged to Victoria so he will be heading to her place for Thanksgiving. I’m pretty sure some pasta will be on the menu. When Eddie was a little one we used to cook a cornish hen and tell him it was a baby turkey. Yes, he believed it. The fun we had. He won’t read this will he?
CHRIS FRANCIS, SAPA FEHERVAR AV19 – HUNGARY
Hello to all back home in Las Vegas. I will be in Innsbruck, Austria for a game. This is my first game back from an ankle injury. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in Las Vegas
ANTHONY GREENER, CO-HEAD COACH, UNLV REBELS
Our players will have a fun skate Tuesday and then the boys are off for an entire week. We plan to spend Thanksgiving with our family in Las Vegas and eat my grandma’s stuffing – it really is amazing. Also I may head down to Cali to visit my fiance’s family. As for Gramps, it’s grandma’s cheesecake he likes the most. She is an older Italian woman and all of her food is amazing.
GABE GAUTHIER, HEAD COACH, WSHL LAS VEGAS STORM
We usually have family come into town for Thanksgiving and both my wife and myself share the cooking. I am the carver every year. This year John Brooks and his family has invited us to his house on Thursday. Our players are also invited but I believe the ones who stay in town may have plans to have Thanksgiving with their billet families.
CONNOR HANEY, SERC FIREWINGS – GERMANY
Hockey mom Lori: Connor will celebrate Thanksgiving in Schwenningen, Germany eating a turkey schnitzel and potatoes with his American roomate Zach.
TALON MILLER, GOALIE, LAS VEGAS – HOMETOWN – BIRD CREEK, ALASKA
Hockey dad Tim: Talon’s favorite foods are pretty much everything. We will be in Bird Creek, Alaska for Thanksgiving and all will share in the cooking duties. Talon is playing hockey in an Anchorage men’s league and loving life in Alaska.
ROB PALLIN, HEAD COACH, SAPA FEHERVAR AV19 – HUNGARY
It’s snowing real heavy here in Innsbruck, Austria. It is about 28 degrees. But we’re all safe and we play Innsbruck tomorrow and then we have two more games. There is no Thanksgiving here as you can imagine. The good news though is that we have won 6 straight games and we have Chris Francis, who had an ankle sprain, back in our lineup. I want to wish all of our Las Vegas friends and families a great Happy Thanksgiving.
ZACH POCHIRO, ECHL QUAD CITY MALLARDS IN MOLINE, ILLINOIS
Hockey dad Steve Pochiro: Zach will be playing this Thanksgiving and he will be at a team dinner. I understand one of the players is cooking the turkey. Zach loves apple pie. I am planning to travel and see Zach but it looks like I may be dining on airport food. We want to wish everyone in Las Vegas a great Thanksgiving.
BEAU RICKETTS, STAR GOAL SCORER WSHL LV STORM LAST SEASON
Hockey Mom Charla: Beau will be celebrating in Minot, N.D. where he has been working. He will be home in Las Vegas for a few days beginning December 23. Beau’s father Tommy is in Utah taking care of his Dad who has been ill. He cannot be left alone so Tommy is his caretaker. Beau’s sister Tulsa and her hubby will be at my mother’s house in Utah. Our young skater Blade will be with us in Las Vegas. So we’re skattered but united of course for Thanksgiving.
NICK ROBONE, CO-HEAD COACH UNLV REBELS
After our Tuesday skate the players will be off for the rest of the week. Most of our players will go home and have Thanksgiving with their families. I will be heading to my parents house. My Dad does the cooking. My favorite is the stuffing.
MICAH SANFORD, COACH, LAS VEGAS STORM
We are are doing Thanksgiving at my brothers house this year. My mom cooks the turkey and my favorite foods are turkey, dressing and my mom’s sweet potatoes. My dad likes the turkey and dressing too.
CORY WARD, BEMIDJI STATE
Hockey dad Pete Ward: Cory and his team will be playing this week at Alabama Huntsville on Wednesday (Thanksgiving Day Eve) and on Friday.
JASON ZUCKER FAMILY IN LAS VEGAS
Hockey dad Scott: We will be relaxing at home on Thanksgiving Day. Our son Cameron has a game at the rink. His sister Kimmie will be keeping score. Natalie will be cooking the turkey
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Friday, Nov. 24, 2005
ANTHONY GREENER, AARON BACA SCORE 2 GOALS
AS UNLV GETS 4-GOAL BURST IN 3RD TO WIN 7-4!!
Provo, Utah – With time ticking down, coach Eddie Kawa’s UNLV Rebels turned it up, stepped on the accelerator and took off here Friday night.
The Rebels scored four times in the third period to rally and defeat Utah Valley State College 7-4 at Pikes Arena. The Rebels’ top goal scorer, Anthony Greener, got his 7th and 8th of the season and linemate Aaron Baca scored two more as UNLV won its fourth game in a row and raised its season record to 6-2-1.
UNLV scorched 54 shots in a game with a fiery third period. With 12:43 to go, Rebels defenseman Ryan Krametbauer locked up with an opposing skater in a scrap and both players were asked to leave the ice.
The two teams return here for a Saturday night game.
REBELS NOTEBOOK – In the last four games, UNLV in the third period has outscored opposing teams 13-2 — which really is an amazing statistic….
Elsewhere on Friday night: San Jose State, the #1 rated team in the West, beat #4 rated Colorado Buffaloes 4-1 before a large crowd at the LogicTech Ice Center in San Jose….Colorado led 1-0 early….San Jose, at 14-0-1, is off to its best start in club history and its lineup includes Alex ‘Blackjack’ Redmond of Las Vegas…
Since the two losses to UNLV, #5 rated UCLA has rebounded with two road wins – 8-0 and 10-2 over Stanford and is now 9-3-0….
LV-Joey Engle 1st (unassisted)
LV-Derek Koehler 6th (unassisted)
LV-Anthony Greener 7th (Joe Dramese)
LV-Danny Kaminski 2nd (Derek Koehler)
LV-Aaron Baca 4th (John McAslan)
LV-Anthony Greener 8th (John McAslan, Aaron Baca)
LV-Aaron Baca 5th (Derek Koehler)
Shots: UNLV 54-35
UNLV goalie – Chris Tate (3-2-0)
Monday, November 23, 2015
“Everyone really played very well for us in our two games at San Diego State. In the Saturday game we had 29 shots in the first period with a total of 56 in the game. We played the majority of the game in their end. I don’t think UNLV has won many games at the Kroc Center in San Diego in recent years so it was good to go there and get four points against one of our greatest rivals. We will skate Tuesday and our players have the rest of the week off. Most of our players will be spending time with their families
— Nick Robone, co-head coach, UNLV Rebels