Friday – Home, At Last. WSHL Las Vegas Storm’s Home Opening Games This Weekend

By Lee Samuels

Las Vegas – Home, at last. After 12 road games, coach Gabe Gauthier and his exciting WSHL Las Vegas Storm hockey club will be on home ice. The Long Beach Bombers, 7-2-0, are in town for three games this weekend at the Las Vegas Ice Center. The two teams get it on beginning Friday at 4 pm.

This is a first-year Las Vegas team which is off to a hot start. The Storm has already won seven games, has scored 21 times in its last three games and the players and the fans are thinking the team will be getting stronger and into a playoff situation this winter.

Coach Gauthier constructed the club the way the bigtime coaches do – from the net to the defense to the goal scorers.

“You need someone to make the big saves in the big games. It’s like having a star pitcher in baseball. You need it and you must have it,” Gauthier said from the ice rink last night.

That goalie is Gernot Wegerer who is from Austria. He is the #1 goalie on the club (Gauthier likes Patrik Jokela of Finland, as well) who is off to a very strong start.

Gauthier then tracked down defensemen like 6′ 5″ enforcer Braxton Davis of Hermosa Beach, California and then completed the roster with top goal scorers. One player, Quinn Travis of Colorado, came into town to try out for the USHL Tri City Storm. When he didn’t make that team, he went to Roy Henderson’s Global and then met coach Gauthier. When he signed, the Storm sent out its first press release during the summer.

There are 10 North American players, 10 European players on the Storm. Gauthier put into a ‘buddy’ system where an American and European player are together for one week going to the rink, talking hockey, hanging out. Gauthier says it’s all about chemistry which leads to better communication and performances on the ice.

Gauthier, 30, played on every level including the NHL. He said two of his coaches – Harvey Smyl of the BCHL Chilliwack Chiefs and George Gwozdecky of the University of Denver – were the best. Gauthier watched how they handled players in high tension games which were decided while precious seconds ticked down on the game clock.

It was Roy Henderson, famous with his Global Showcases, who steered Gauthier to play at Chilliwack saying the Chiefs “have a spot for a player like you.” At the same time, Henderson helped Micah Sanford, one of the greatest scorekings ever in town, make his way to Chilliwack. Gauthier and Sanford played on high-powered, dynamic Chilliwack teams. Now they are reunited coaching in the Storm program. Sanford will be on the Storm bench today.

Which brings us to Chris White, head coach of the Long Beach Bombers.

He and Gauthier are best friends.

“Years ago we played together on a South Coast Sabres Bantam AA team,” Gauthier said.

From the Blue Line – The Storm has a great penalty-killing team which is extremely aggressive. “We block a lot of shots,” Gauthier said….Las Vegas skaters on the Storm include Beau Ricketts, a star player in the biggest of games a few seasons ago with the Helena BigHorns and who played in the NAHL two seasons with the Minot Minotauros..Jake McKenna, Richard Prekop, Hunter Ladd are from Las Vegas as well….The weekend schedule with all games at the Ice Center on Flamingo Ave. – Friday, 4 pm; Saturday, 7 pm; Sunday, 10:15 am.

Dynamic Goal Scorer Cole Sweeney Returns to Town With Colorado Mesa vs UNLV Rebels at SoBe Ice Arena

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Las Vegas – One of the greatest, most dynamic goal scorers – Cole Sweeney – is back in town this weekend.

Cole has 7 goals, 3 assists this season for a Colorado Mesa club hockey team which is taking on the UNLV Rebels in a two-game weekend series at the SoBe Ice Arena. Cole is a phenominal skater who attacks the net from a variety of angles.

Colorado Mesa comes into town with a 2-4-0 record. UNLV is 1-4-1 with its own dynamic player in goal scorer Andrew Tamura. The game times are Friday, 5:45 pm and Saturday, 5:30 pm

Coach – JJ Hartmann
Record 1-4-1

3-7 to San Diego State
1-8 to San Diego State
6-3 over Cal State Northridge
6-8 to Cal State Northridge
7-8 OT to Santa Clara
1-4 to Santa Clara

Next Game
Friday, October 31
vs Colorado Mesa
at SoBe Ice Arena
Faceoff – 5:45 pm


Last Five Games

0-4 to New Mexico
1-9 to New Mexico
3-11 to Wyoming
8-3 over Wyoming
4-7 to Colorado School of Mines

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7-Goal Weekend for Andrew Tamura; UNLV Rebels Roller Team Opens Season 4-0-0

Sunday, October 26, 2014

San Jose – Andrew Tamura had a seven-goal weekend for the UNLV Rebels roller team which opened the season with 4-0-0 this weekend. Teammate Logan Sussman had 5 goals, Austin Shannon 3 and Darren Corsatea 2 in the four WCRHL games. Goalie Terry Martin won all four games and had an amazing 1.75 gaa this weekend. UNLV is skating in Division 1, the highest level in collegiate roller. Nick Robone and Adam Tamura are the coaches this season. The Rebels are skating out of the Las Vegas Roller Rink on Sahara Ave.

WCRHL Roller

5-2 over San Jose State
6-2 over Cal Poly
3-2 over UC Santa Barbera
4-1 over Arizona State

Weekend Scoring
10 – Andrew Tamura 7/3
8 – Austin Shannon 3/5
8 – Darren Corsatea 2/6
5 – Logan Sussman 5/0
1 – Axle Anderton 1/0
1 – Eddie Davis 0/1
1 – Anthony Robone 0/1

Terry Martin 4-0-0, 1.75 gaa, 91.4% save percentage

Chase Smith Update with AA Mission Arizona Red 18u

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Las Vegas goalie Chase Smith and the AA Mission Arizona Red 18u were in Chicago this weekend with league games. Chase was in the net for Mission Arizona in a 3-1 win over #14 nationally ranked Naperville Sabers. He faced 39 shots. Chase was also in the net in a 5-3 over the West Dundee Leafs. The Mission club went 2-1-1 this weekend. For the season Chase is 3-2-0 with a 2.40 gaa and 91.8% save percentage. The Rebels this season are skating out of the Las Vegas Roller Rink on Sahara Ave.


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Peoria, Arizona – Beau Ricketts scored 3 goals as the WSHL Las Vegas Storm beat the Arizona Redhawks 9-3 to a three-game weekend sweep. Ricketts, who played for the NAHL Minot Minotauros the last two seasons, was also a star player previously with the Helena BigHorns.

Las Vegas raised its season record to 7-5-0 with all of those games away from home. The Storm will make its home debut this Friday, October 31 against the Long Beach Bombers. Faceoff is 4 pm at the Las Vegas Ice Center.

Las Vegas goal scorers on Sunday:

Kyle Pacheco 5th this season
Nikita Larinov 7th
Beau Ricketts 4th
Vincent Dekumbis 8th
Moritz Matzka 3rd
Kyle Pacheco 6th
Quinn Travis 3rd
Beau Ricketts 5th
Beau Ricketts 6th

Las Vegas goalie

Gernot Wegerer 21 saves 3-2-0, 3.00 gaa, 91.4% save percentage


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