#1 BRYDEN MARSH
#2 CODY WILLIAMS
#3 TERRY MARTIN
UNLV GETS THE BIG WIN, 7-4 OVER LONG BEACH STATE
By Lee Samuels
Las Vegas – In an electric setting UNLV’s Return to Glory campaign came one step closer to the ultimate goal: an ACHA D2 Western Top 10 ranking.
Bryden Marsh scored three goals, hometown skater Cody Williams scored and played his greatest collegiate game and goalie Terry Martin made the biggest of saves as UNLV wore down and beat a quality team in Long Beach State 7-4 before a packed crowd which roared each time the Rebels scored at the SoBe Ice Arena on Friday night.
It was UNLV’s 5th straight win in an important game. The Rebels top line of Cody Williams, Ethan Montoya and Bryden Marsh played with precision. There were many breakaways and the huge festive crowd was excited and stood each time the Rebels scored. They were really into the big game action.
“We’re rolling now,” said co-head coach Anthony Greener. “We are playing well, we have good chemistry and we are good in the locker room. This was a great win – and we can play even better than tonight.”
Long Beach State, which beat UNLV on its ice earlier this season, came out soft in the first period but that all changed in the second period when the hard skating and the big hits thundered. UNLV worked to a big lead midway but Long Beach’s forwards battled back and chipped at a Rebels three-goal lead to make it a one goal game – UNLV 5, Long Beach State 4 – with 3:35 to play.
Then Marsh, a big strong powerful right wing who skates hard down the right side, scored to make it 6-4, then defenseman Tyler Wilson scored to make it 7-4 with 0:01 left on the overhead Pepsi scoreboard.
Cody Williams last played in town with an AA Las Vegas Ice Cats 16u team. He moved on to the Russell Stover midget program in Kansas and later played in the NAHL with the Aberdeen Wings and the Witchita Falls Wildcats.
Yet, in all his games, he had never skated with hometown player Ethan Montoya.
“First time we’ve been on a line together,” said Cody.
And how good is the top line of Cody Williams, Ethan Montoya, Bryden Marsh line?
Arturo Castro, who played for UNLV and is now the President of the club, said afer the game “…as good as Anthony Greener, Mike Zenzola and Sam Braniff.”
That was UNLV’s greatest line.
Coach Greener said the Rebels team goals are big.
“Our players want to go to Regionals, then Nationals,” he said.
The two teams return here Saturday night 5:45 pm at the Sobe Ice Arena on North Rancho Drive.
LONG BEACH STATE……0….1….3=4
U – Bryden Marsh 9th goal this season (Ethan Montoya assist)
U – Bryden Marsh 10th (Austin Shannon)
U – Cody Williams 8th
U – Ethan Montoya 1st (Bryden Marsh)
U – Austin Shannon 1st
U – Bryden Marsh 11th (Cody Williams)
U – Tyler Wilson 2nd
SHOTS ON GOAL
1st Period – UNLV 11-10
2nd Period – UNLV 22-13
3rd Period – UNLV 17-14
Total – UNLV 50-37