Kenny Brooks Helps Penn State Rock Michigan; Cory Ward Gets #4; Plus, Adrian Nicholas, Brendan Harris Updates

Friday, November 21, 2014

Ann Arbor, Michigan – Kenny Brooks of Las Vegas and Penn State beat Michigan 3-2 before 5415 at Yost Arena. It was Penn State’s 4th win in the last five meetings vs Michigan. Penn State is off to an awesome 7-2-2 start this season.

Bowling Green, Ohio – Cory Ward of Las Vegas scored his 4th goal of the season for Bemidji State in a 3-1 loss to Bowling Green before 2,503 at BGSU Arena. Cory has 4 goals, 2 assists this season.

Espanola, Ontario, Canada – Adrian Nicholas of Las Vegas scored for the CIHL Espanola Rivermen in a 6-3 win over the Greater Sudbury Royals tonight at the Espanola Regional Complex.

Kenai River, Alaska – Brendan Harris of Las Vegas dealt an early-game assist for the NAHL Wenatchee Wild who opened a weekend series with a 6-1 win over the Kenai River Brown Bears before 717 at the Soldotna Sports Complex.

LAS VEGAS STORM SHOCKS ONTARIO AVALANCHE IN OT – BEAU RICKETTS WINS IT

Friday, November 21, 2014

Las Vegas – Hometown skater Beau Ricketts scored two goals including the game winner in OT as the WSHL Las Vegas Storm stunned the Ontario Avalanche 4-3 at the Las Vegas Ice Center. Ricketts scored his 9th, 10th goals of the season and was selected Star of the Game. Felix Brunner and Kyle Pacheco also scored for Las Vegas. It was Kyle’s big third period goal which tied the game 3-3 in regulation. The Storm got a great effort from goalie Patrik Jokela. This was one of the Storm’s greatest wins of the season. Ontario came into town with a 7-3-3 record. The Storm, in its first season, is 9-9-1.

Thanksgiving

It’s the best time of the year – Thanksgiving week. Some Las Vegas players are heading home to be with their families while some skaters are off to holiday tournaments.

ARTURO CASTRO, UNLV REBELS

“I will be feeding the elderly in the morning at a home. In the afternoon I will be with family and friends. We will be having turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and of course, pumpkin pie.

LAS VEGAS HOCKEY DAD SCOTT ZUCKER

“Our family will be split up this Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving at our house will be Wednesday as Cameron has a tournament out of town and they leave Thursday morning.

Everyone will be there except for Jason and I.

I am currently out of town following Jason with the Minnesota Wild watching Lightning, Panthers and Kings games so I will be with Jason on Thanksgiving Day.

MATT EDLIN, PRESIDENT LAS VEGAS JR WRANGLERS

“Happy Thanksgiving to all. I will be with our family here in Las Vegas. I like sweet potatoes and Pop Overs.

ANTHONY GREENER, UNLV’S ALL-TIME SCORER AND HOCKEY COACH

“We will eat at my grandma and grandpa’s house this year. All of the guys are doing the cooking so they can relax and have a good Thanksgiving. Then after dinner we will play games, watch football and go see a movies.”


VITO CARLO, AAA WEST COAST RENEGADES 16U – UTAH

Hockey mom Rosie says “Vito is coming home to celebrate his brother’s birthday and to have an early Thanksgiving dinner with the family. His U16 AAA team will be traveling to Dallas the day after Thanksgiving to play a series of round robin games with Hockey Club Dallas.”

MIKE TRIMBOLI, UTAH STATE

Hockey dad Pete says …”Mike will get on a flight and head home Tuesday night Nov 25th. His older brother Joe will drive in from Anaheim also. Thanksgiving dinner is at my home and my sister and her family along with my dad and his wife will be here. My wife Terry will cook along with my dads wife. Looking forward to it. Happy Thanksgiving to all.”

MICAH SANFORD, COACH, LAS VEGAS STORM BANTAMS

“The family is going to my parents house for Thanksgiving. My mom and dad cook. It will be early afternoon since I have to leave for a tournament with our Bantam AA team later that day. My favorite foods are my Dad’s turkey and dressing and my mom’s homemade sweet potatoes.


NICK ROBONE, FIVE-TIME LAS VEGAS ROLLER PLAYER OF THE YEAR; HOCKEY COACH

“I will probably eat Thanksgiving dinner with the Sanford’s, then Micah (Sanford) and I will be the way to Riverside to be with the Las Vegas Storm Bantam AA team. My parents will be in California.”


ETHAN MONTOYA, AAA ONTARIO AVALANCHE 18U

Hockey dad Orlando says “Ethan is going to be home for Thanksgiving. His Nana will be cooking his turkey and his Tita (both are his grandmothers) will be making the sweet potatoes and green bean casserole. Then Ethan will head back to his team on Saturday for a Sunday game against the Anaheim Jr Ducks.

Where will you be celebrating Thanksgiving – send to leesamuels07@aol.com

ETHAN MONTOYA CALLED UP, WILL PLAY FOR WSHL ONTARIO AVALANCHE VS LAS VEGAS STORM

Las Vegas – Las Vegas goal scorer Ethan Montoya has been called up to play for the WSHL Ontario Avalanche junior team which is in town to take on the Las Vegas Storm this weekend. Ethan, playing for the AAA Ontario Avalanche 18u this season, is the #1 goal scorer among all Las Vegas players away from home.

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Philadelphia – Jason Zucker, on the right side of the net, slammed in a game-winning goal with 0:45.4 left in regulation to lift the NHL Minnesota Wild to a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. It was Jason’s 6th goal this season and the 4th straight win for the Wild.

‘MY FIRST GOAL’

MY FIRST GOAL

By Lee Samuels

The greatest players here
in the West – and primarily
Las Vegas – look back at their
very first goal in ice and roller.

ERIK FISCHER

Erik is a hard-skating
defenseman – first with the
AA Las Vegas Jr Wranglers
16u, then with the WSHL
Ogden Mustangs in Utah.

Like many Las Vegas
players, Erik scored his
first goal while playing
roller at Larry Sanford’s
Crystal Palace on North
Rancho Drive.  Erik
blasted a slapshot for a
goal. He raised his stick
to celebrate. He was
five years old.

CHRIS FRANCIS
One of the greatest goal
scorers in Las Vegas – now
playing for the ECHL Alaska Aces

“I was six years old playing
house league roller hockey
at the Boulder Highway rink
where they used to have
hockey. I played for the Vipers
when I scored my first goal -
a wrist shot, right in front
of the net.”

MATT EDLIN
Matt is the president of the
Las Vegas Jr Wranglers. He
was one of the top coaches
in town as well.

“My first goal was in Mite C
hockey at the Pilgrim Arena
in Hingiam, Mass. It was in
overtime, so that is the one
which really sticks out.”

ANTHONY GREENER
For years, the heart, soul and
a giant goal scorer for UNLV

“The first year I played was
second-year squirts – the Las
Vegas Flames with Earl Brady
and my dad Sean Greener as
my coaches. I scored in my
first game ever. I wasn’t the
best skater but I could score.
And, it was a breakaway.
Once I scored that first goal
I knew hockey was for me.”

ROY HENDERSON
Founder of the Global Showcases
and one of the owners of the
BCHL Langley Rivermen,
Roy years ago was a top player.

“I scored my first goal on a
team called the PNE All-Stars
in Vancouver BC in 1957.
I was 6 years old. It was my
first game.”

ZACK JEWBY
Zack is a rugged athlete,
who played last season for
the WSHL Salt Lake City
Moose Jr A

“I was real young, about 10,
playing for the Metro Maple
Leafs in Laurel, Md. I don’t
remember my first goal but
I do remember my first scrap.
There was a problem in front
of the net and I came charging
in to clear things out.

AARON KINSLOW

Aaron was a former coach
of the Salt Lake City Moose
in the WSHL. Previously,
he was an assistant in the
NAHL with the Bismarck
Bobcats.

“I was a goalie when I
started out. I was 13 when
I got into my first game
in 1992, playing for the
Fargo Patriots against the
Fargo South Bruins. We
won 6-1.”

TALON MILLER
Talon Miller wasn’t always an
all-star goalie. The Vegas Hockey
‘Goalie of the Year’ for the AAA
Las Vegas Storm 16u years ago
was a forward. His hockey dad
Tim explains how it all started.

“When Talon was a mite he played
for a house team in Anchorage called
the Lightning Raptors. They wanted
everyone to take a turn at being a
goalie and when it came to Talon’s
turn he played so well his teammates
and coach decided their best shot to
win was with him in the net. It’s been
that way ever since.”

WILL MUNSON
When Will played for the Billings
Jr Bulls he was called ‘Money’
by head coach Doug Johnson.
“Will always seems to score the
big goal when the game is on the
line,” Johnson said. A picture of
Will in a Bulls jersey that year was
on many billboards in Billings. He
is a very popular player who grew
up in the San Diego Jr Gulls
program.

“I was seven years old playing
for a team called the Ducks in
ball hockey on an outdoor rink
in Corona, California. I will
never forget my first goal -
wrist shot, top corner.”

JOHN PAUL MCNICHOLAS
One of the most popular
players in Las Vegas, JP
played the last four seasons
with the Cal Bears.
His father John recalls JP’s first
goal

“It took a few years for John
Paul to get his first goal. He
scored in a Mite B tournament
in 1996 at the Santa Fe Station
Ice Arena in Las Vegas. John
Paul played for the Las Vegas
Mustangs against the South
Coast Sabers. It was a shot
from outside the blue line.
The goalie never saw it. We
were so proud we framed the
scoresheet and today it sits
on JP’s dresser.”

MICHAEL MCNICHOLAS
Michael is a gifted young
player who initally played
in Las Vegas, then in LA.<br
His hockey dad John
recalls Michael’s very first
goal.

“Michael scored his first
goal in 1999 in a mite house
leage game at the Las Vegas
Sportspark rink. He was
playing on Bobby Burns’
Bluejacks. Michael had an
open shot in front of the net
and hit a backhander over
the goalie’s shoulder.”

NOLAN MATSEN
Nolan was a top defenseman
for the WSHL Salt Lake
City Moose.

“I was five years old playing
roller hockey for the
Savannah Super Goose in
Georgia. It was like rec
league hockey. I scored and
it was exciting.”

ETHAN MONTOYA
Ethan is a hard worker
on the ice who can score -
56 goals for the AA Las
Vegas Jr Wranglers 16u
two years ago. He is now
skating with the
AAA Ontario Avalanche 18u.
Like many Las Vegas
players, Ethan’s roots
are in roller hockey.
As hockey dad Orlando
Montoya says…

“Last year we were in Omaha getting
Ethan ready for school and
his billet family and I asked Ethan about his first
goal and he said it was in roller
at Crystal Palace – now known
as the Las Vegas Ice Center.
It was a wraparound shot.
He was six years old.”

ANGELO RICCI
Angelo is one of the top coaches
in the USA and hockey director
of the powerful AAA Colorado
Thunderbirds program.

“I was six years old when I scored
my first goal in my first ever game.
I was a mite playing for the
Franklin Park Jets in Illinois.
I was shocked as I was in the
clear not really knowing what to
do but went in to deke the goaltender
and scored with a deke to my
backhand.”

NICK ROBONE
Four-Time Vegas Hockey
Roller Player of the Year
Nick Robone has been a
star performer for years
with the Las Vegas Tour
Rebels travel teams and
with UNLV.

“My first goal was at
Larry’s house league in
Crystal Palace. My team
name was the Rattlers.
I was on a team with
Nick Dobranich. I think
Landon Kraige was the
goalie. Nick sent over a
pass in the slot area and
I put the puck in the
5-hole.”

EDDIE SAMUELS
Three-time Playmaker of the
Year when he played hockey
for the Las Vegas Mustangs.

“I was playing for the
Falcons squirt team at the
Santa Fe Station Ice Arena
when I got my first goal. I
was at the blue line and took
a wrist shot – the puck lifted
and went through the goalie’s
five-hole – pretty exciting
actually. I still think about
that goal.”

JIMMY SAMUELS

Jimmy two years ago played
for the Las Vegas Storm
bantam ice team. He also
plays house roller at
Crystal Palace.

“I was maybe 5 years old and
over at the Las Vegas Sports
Center on Rampart. A guy came
up to me and my mom and asked
if I would like to play in a hockey
league on Saturdays. Of course
I did and in the first weekend I
scored my first goal – I could not
tell you what kind of goal it was -
guessing low corner because I
was real young and didn’t know
how to shoot the puck that much.”

MICAH SANFORD
Micah is the all-time goal scorer
in Las Vegas in ice and roller and
the first to be inducted into the
Vegas Hockey Hall of Fame.

“I scored my first goal in house
league roller at my Dad’s rink.
I believe I shot a muffin on the
ground and it went in. Sometimes
it’s better to be lucky I guess. I
don’t remember the name of the
team but I think my Dad was
coaching me. I was 10 years old.”


JASON ZUCKER

A dynamic athlete, Jason is
the first Las Vegas player
to skate in the NHL. Jason
plays for the Minnesota Wild.
Jason’s hockey dad Scott
remembers Jason’s first
goal.

“Jason’s first goal was in a
house roller hockey at Dave’s
rink on Trop and Decatur.
His older brother Evan scored
his first goal when he was
5 years old, playing for
PMQT at the Santa Fe Ice
Arena.

The Ticker

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Happy birthday coach…Rob Pallin, coaching in Hungary now, is 48…

The Las Vegas Wranglers are determined to return to action here in town next season. They are working on it we’re told. The Wranglers website is active.

No NHL clubs will be coming here for awhile, like two or more seasons.

College of the Canyons is in town to take on UNLV this weekend. This is a popular team which skates out of the Valencia, Ca. Ice Station. But it’s been a rough season early, the team is 1-7-0 with a win over Santa Rosa College. Santa Clara shut them down last weekend. UNLV vs College of the Canyons games are this Friday and Saturday at the SoBe Ice Arena on North Rancho Drive.

So where are you next week for Thanksgiving. Who is cooking and who is coming for dinner. Many Las Vegas players are coming home, some cannot. The Storm junior players will be here. We are working on our annual Thanksgiving story this week. Send to leesamuels07@aol.com

Another Great Team – WSHL Ontario Avalanche – Coming into Town to Take on Las Vegas Storm

Ontario Avalanche vs Las Vegas Storm
Las Vegas Ice Center
Friday 7:30 pm
Saturday 7 pm
Sunday 10 am

MORE PRESSURE FOR LAS VEGAS STORM

By Lee Samuels

Las Vegas – Another good – if not great – hockey club is coming to town. The WSHL Ontario Avalanche, 7-3-3 overall, will head in to take on the Gabe Gauthier’s Las Vegas Storm here at the Las Vegas Ice Center.

Ontario plays an entire different style of game than the unbeaten Fresno Monsters who came here and won three times last week. Ontario is a great defensive team which will sit on its lead and gut it out the last minutes of a game. It’s a great challenge for the best skaters and the top goal scorers for the Storm. The games will be played on the Ice Center’s north rink

Here’s how the two teams match up:

ONTARIO AVALANCHE 7-3-3
Last Five Games

1-2 to Valencia Flyers
3-4 to Fresno Monsters
2-4 to Fresno Monsters
5-3 over San Diego Gulls
3-0 over San Diego Gulls

Top Goal Scorers
11 – Antoine Maillard
7 – Richard Thomas
7 – Nick Anderson
7 – Zechariah Roberts

LAS VEGAS STORM 8-9-1
Last Five Games

3-5 to Long Beach Bombers
6-5 over Long Beach Bombers
3-8 to Fresno Monsters
1-5 to Fresno Monsters
3-6 to Fresno Monsters

Top Goal Scorers
10 – Arrigo Burgener
10 – Nikita Larinov
9 – Kyle Pacheco
9 – Vincent Dekumbis
8 – Beau Ricketts

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