The Ticker – Thanksgiving Eve

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On Thanksgiving Day
Public Skate at
SoBe Ice Arena
3 to 5 pm
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

It wasn’t that long ago when Micah Sanford was jetting around on skates, a teenage scoreking in roller over at Crystal Palace on North Rancho Drive and in national inline tournaments throughout the USA. Then came his great run with the BCHL Chilliwack Chiefs in ice hockey. Hockey dad Larry Sandford always wore his bright yellow Chilliwack jacket at Crystal Palace.

Micah celebrated his 33rd birthday last week.

He now coaches the Las Vegas Storm bantam AA club which is playing in Riverside this holiday weekend.

The best statistic on Thanksgiving Eve? That would be Brendan Harris’ +9 on the ice for the NAHL Wenatchee Wild. Brendan, from Las Vegas, also has 5 goals, 10 assists and is tied for first on the cub for most points.

Beau McCue, who played bantam hockey here in town years ago with the Nevada Stars, has 10 goals, 10 assists for the WHL Tri City Americans. Those are awesome numbers.

Las Vegas goalie Chase Smith plays for the AA Mission Arizona Ice Red 18u team. He and the team are off to Minnesota to take on Shattuck St Mary’s, then during the Christmas holidays go to Chicago for four games, then get on a team bus and play five more games the following weekend in St. Louis. Yes, hockey mom Erin will make sure Chase gets his turkey tomorrow.

Mike Trimboli’s big week with Utah State went like this: 9-4 win over Texas A&M (Mike scored his 2nd goal of the season), 12-2 loss to #1 ranked ASU, 3-2 loss to Montana Tech. Then Utah State was up three goals vs #2 ranked Northern Arizona, then gave us four goals in third period to lose 5-4. That was a tough one. Mike, from Las Vegas, and Utah State take on Weber State Dec 5-6, then take a Christmas break.

Teenager Michael Cichy of Las Vegas will be having Thanksgiving dinner with his billet family tomorrow in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. He plays for the River Kings junior team. Michael likes a big plate of turkey and a nice helping of stuffing. That’s what hockey mom Pat tells us.

UNLV is taking a holiday break this weekend. Andrew Tamura (11 goals), Austin Shannon (8), Chris Jones (5), Demetri Culkar (4), Kendall Swanson (3), Drew Bryan (3) and Benjamin Scheuring (3) are the top goal scorers. Tamura is having an awesome season in ice and roller. JJ Hartmann is the UNLV head coach.

Coach Gabe Gauthier and his WSHL Las Vegas Storm are 11-9-1 in their first season of junior hockey at the Las Vegas Ice Center. Top goal scorers this season are Arrigo Burgener (11 goals), Beau Ricketts (11), Kyle Pacheco (10), Vincent Dekumbis (10) and Nikita Larionov (10). Pacheco has two short-handed goals, Ricketts one. Moritz Mazka leads the Storm with 3 game-winning goals. Goalie Patrik Jokela has a 5-3-1 record and leads the club with an 89.7% save percentage.

To Snooks: Yes, every Scott Zucker son and daughter has played hockey including Kimmie Zucker in roller.

On Thanksgiving Eve, the #1 most searched and read story here is ‘WSHL Las Vegas Storm Shocks Ontario Avalanche.’

Number two most read is Rob Pallin – Ten Questions</em>. That interview was written here over a year ago. Folks here never forgot what coach Rob did to elevate the game here in town.

We always begin each morning reading Woody on Hockey. Doyle Woody covers the Alaska scene.

That and this Alaska hockey site run by Talon Miller’s hockey dad Tim.

http://www.hometeamsonline.com/teams/?u=NORTHSTARSBANTAMB&s=hockey&t=c

Roy Henderson’s Global Las Vegas Showcase will be June 22-25 at the Las Vegas Ice Center.

Nominations for the 2014 Vegashockey Awards will begin next week. We will have a chart of nominated players and you can add your choices as well. Voting begins December 1 and the winners will be announced midnight December 31. Nominations include Player of the Year – Ice, Roller; Defenseman of the Year, Goalie of the Year, Coach of the Year; Prospect of the Year, Referee of the Year, plus many more awards including Best Rink Music and Best Snack Bar (Las Vegas Ice Center has won best hockey snack bar 10 straight seasons). It’s easy to nominate – send to leesamuels07@aol.com

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Happy Thanksgiving to our rinkboard pals – Steve Allen and George Kemper who talk hockey all three periods, no matter what the score.

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.

HOCKEY COACH ROB PALLIN OF LAS VEGAS – FROM SZEKESFEHERVAR, HUNGARY

“They do not have Thanksgiving Day in Hungary so I will be going to a few restaurants to look for a nice turkey dinner. My mom is cooking right now for my three brothers and sister Blanche in our hometown of Chisholm, Minnesota. Our Fehervar AV19 team in Hungary is 11-9-1 overall and in sixth place. The Top 8 teams go into the playoffs. We do not take a holiday break – we have games this weekend. I want to say Happy Thanksgiving to everyone back in Las Vegas.

JASON ALLEN, LAS VEGAS PLUS AAA SD JR GULLS, AAA L.A. JR KINGS

Hockey dad Steve says “..Jason will be with his two children, son Roman, daughter Ginella and I will be meeting with them after work for some after dinner turkey sandwiches and some hockey talk. Happy Thanksgiving to all.”

LAS VEGAS GOAL SCORER CHRIS FRANCIS, ECHL ALASKA ACES

“I am spending Thanksgiving up in Alaska. Going over to a friend’s house to spend Thanksgiving to get a good meal and get ready to play Idaho on Friday night.”

STAR DEFENSEMAN EDDIE DEL GROSSO

“I am going over to my uncle’s for Thanksgiving. He and his wife are cooking. I’m not too picky with the food. Usually, like a turkey leg and stuffing. Happy Thanksgiving to all.”

LAS VEGAS GOAL SCORER STEVEN HOERNICKE (AA LV JR WRANGLERS LAST SEASON)

Hockey dad Dave says “Steven is home for Thanksgiving. We are going to have a nice dinner with Steven and his girlfriend Morgan at the house. He will be heading back to CU Boulder the Saturday after Thanksgiving.”

KYLE CALLAHAN, LAS VEGAS ACES ROLLER

Hockey mom Wendy says “Kyle has been up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for ten days- deer hunting – got his first buck – 6 pointer. I think he’ll be celebrating with his girlfriend Shelby’s family- they fly back to Vegas. We are heading up to Michigan to have Thanksgiving with my parents – we should see them at the Appleton airport – we will be getting off the plane as they get on. Typically Mike grills a bird and everyone comes over. Kyle loves turkey and mash potatoes – and there always has to be Kings Hawaiian rolls- his favorite! Happy Thanksgiving to all!

THE VERY POPULAR LAS VEGAS DEFENSEMAN CONNOR HANEY

Hockey mom Lori says “I do all the cooking and Connor does all the eating. Also, his very favorite thing is pumpkin pie. He can eat an entire pie himself.”

LAS VEGAS GOAL SCORER CORY WARD, BEMIDJI STATE

Hockey grandfather Ivan says “my wife Roberta and I along with our son Peter and his wife just got back from Bemidji after spending the weekend with Cory, where the temperature never got above 10. That being said we understand that some longtime Bemidji State fans have opened their homes for Thanksgiving dinner to players who will not be going home.”

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

Andrew Tamura’s Dramatic OT/Shootout Goal Lifts UNLV Rebels Roller Team over Powerhouse Lindenwood

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Colorado Springs, Colorado – Andrew Tamura’s dramatic OT/Shootout goal lifted the nationally rated UNLV Rebels roller team to a 3-2 win over national powerhouse Lindenwood in a NCRHA Division 1 game. Both teams have season records of 10-1-0. UNLV goalie Terry Martin, who had 31 saves, was named the Star of the Game.

UNLV Rebels Roller Team
At Colorado Springs
0-11 to Lindenwood
7-1 over Colorado
5-1 over Lindenwood Gold D3
3-2 over Lindenwood

UNLV scoring in 3-2 Lindenwood game

UNLV – Anthony Robone (Emerson Lau)
UNLV – Austin Shannon
UNLV – Andrew Tamura OT/Shootout

Sunday – It’s a 2-0 Shutout for Goalie Patrik Jokela as WSHL Las Vegas Storm Gets Shock Sweep Weekend over Ontario Avalanche

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Las Vegas – Goalie Patrik Jokela got the shutout win as the WSHL Las Vegas Storm beat the Ontario Avalanche 2-0 for a three-game weekend sweep Sunday at the Las Vegas Ice Center. Moritz Matzky and Beau Ricketts scored for Las Vegas which is having an awesome season in its first season. Jokela, from Finland, is 5-4-1 this season. Ontario came into town with a 7-3-3 record and had played well previously against top teams.

THE VEGAS FIVE

The Top Five Las Vegas players away from home

THE VEGAS FIVE

Points…………………………………………………………Goals/Assists

24 – ETHAN MONTOYA, AAA ONTARIO AVALANCHE 18U  14/10

18 – VITO CARLO, AAA WEST COAST RENEGADES UTAH 9/9

16 – BRENDAN HARRIS, NAHL WENATCHEE WILD 6/10

10 – JOSEPH KASZUPSKI, NAHL KENAI RIVER BROWN BEARS 5/5

10 – GAGE QUINNEY, WHL PRINCE ALBERT RAIDERS 3/7

Saturday: WSHL Las Vegas Storm 4, Ontario Avalanche 3

Saturday, November 22, 2014
Las Vegas Ice Center
WSHL

ONTARIO AVALANCHE 3
LAS VEGAS STORM 4

Las Vegas goals

LVS – Nikita Tsvetov 1st goal this season
LVS – Jiri Ryyppo 2nd
LVS – Vincent Dekumbis 10th
LVS – Arrigo Burgener 11th – game winner, powerplay, 3:48 to play

LVS goalie – Gernot Wegerer

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Ethan Montoya of Las Vegas assisted on one goal for Ontario

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.

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