AA Las Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u in President’s Day Tournament Gold Medal Game in a Major Matchup on Monday at the Las Vegas Ice Center

Monday, Feb 18, 2019

Las Vegas – Coach Wally Lacroix’ AA Las Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u are in the President’s Day Tournament gold medal game taking on the AA Hockey Central Panthers of Alberta, Canada, on Monday 12:30 pm at the Las Vegas Ice Center. Both teams are 2-0-1 after battling to a 2-2 tie yesterday at the Sobe Ice Arena. Colton Miller and Zackary Ortolano are the goalies for Las Vegas.

AA Hockey Central Panthers came into this tournament with a season record of 24-1-5.

Lacroix said “we played a great game against the Panthers, a very good team. We were down two goals, came back to tie. One thing is for sure, we will compete and do our best on Monday.”

AA Las Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

9-0 over Ontario Moose

6-0 over OCHC2

2-2 vs Hockey Central Panthers

Gold Medal Game – Monday

Las Vegas Jr Golden Knights vs Hockey Central Panthers – Alberta, Canada


Las Vegas goal scorers include:


5 – Ian Williams

3 – Jacob Underhill

3 – JJ Williamson

2 – Trent Carter

2 – Tristan Toth

1 – William Jacob

1 – Anthony Mazza



For The Love of Hockey – UNLV’s Mighty Win on Senior Night Thrills All – Particularly Seniors Cody Williams and Joseph Kaszupski – By Bethany Drysdale

Saturday, February, 16, 2019

By Bethany Drysdale

Las Vegas – Senior Night at City National Arena brought all of the intense action one might expect with a team that wanted to give Captain Cody Williams and Alternate Captain Joseph Kaszupski a final win on home ice. Starting his third night in a row was goaltender Ben Giesbrecht who held a shutout for the full 60 minutes, saving 27 shots. The Rebels brought their fast, energized pace to start the first period. Fittingly, it was Cody Williams who scored the first unassisted goal at 11:20 to give the Rebels a 1-0 lead. Finding an opening above Jimmie’s goaltender Brouwer’s shoulder, this was Williams’ third shot in a five minute time period. Kane Toriumi scored the Rebels second goal at the 4:50 mark near the end of the first period. He came in fast to the slot, with a forehanded shot which handcuffed Brouwer who could not control the puck. At the end of the first period the shots on goal favored the Rebels with 13 to the Jimmies 7.

The second period was full of action, but no scoring. The two teams traded penalities throughout the period, but neither could score. The frustration led to some heated tempers. With 7:14 left in the second, UNLV’s Jared Turcotte was hit from behind, late, knocking his helmet off. Fists were thrown by both teams. It should be noted that it was the game against Jamestown in November that UJ defenseman Cole Sonstebo reportedly yelled something at Rebel D’Andre John. When the fight here in the second period was sorted out Cole was ejected from the game, as well as D’Aandre John for matching game misconducts. The game resumed with more Rebels shots on goal, but no scoring change to end the second. Shots on goal still favored the Rebels at 23 to the Jimmies 16.

Starting the third the teams traded power plays. Coming in on a three on one rush, the Rebels pounded a rebound home on a backbreaking power play. A fight ensued after the goal. Senior Joe Kaszupski scored the Rebels third goal of the game, keeping the momentum in favor of UNLV. Paxton Malone, on a two on zero breakaway, buried one behind Brouwer, over a shoulder to give the Rebels a 4-0 lead with 9:38 left in the game. Another scrum in the Rebels end led to a five minute major to the Rebels Tommy Harrison with 6:52 left to play. This gave the Jimmies a five on four. A Jamestown tripping penalty evened up their advantage to a four on four with 3:20 left in the game. The victory was sweet and very much earned by UNLV.

The Rebels travel to Colorado State University on February 21 and then to University of Colorado on February 22 and 23. All games can be viewed on You Tube Live. Follow the Rebels on social media to get the link and you will never have to miss any action, as the Rebels finish up their regular season in two weeks.

Bethany Drysdale was voted by our readers as Best Writer here on Vegas Hockey

UNLV’s Cody Williams Scores His 98th Career Goal; Ben Giesbrecht Very Strong in Net – #10 Rebels Crush Jamestown Jimmies 4-0 in Ultra Heated Game – Final Home Game of Season

Saturday, Feb 16, 2019

UNLV’s All-Time Goal Scorers

136 – Mike Zenzola

98 – Cody Williams

96 – Anthony Greener

93 – Sam Braniff

67 – Chris Jones


City National Arena, Las Vegas

Saturday Night



#17 Jamestown Jimmies 0

#10 ranked UNLV Rebels 4

UNLV goal – Cody Williams – 14th goal of season – 98th career goal

UNLV goal – Kane Toriumi 2nd goal of season

UNLV goal – Joseph Kaszupski 10th goal of season

UNLV goal – Paxton Malone 16th goal

Ben Giesbrecht very strong in the net tonight for UNLV.

Bethany Drysdale’s full and complete game report is on the way here…


For The Love of Hockey – UNLV in Very Tough OT Loss – By Bethany Drysdale

Saturday, February 15, 2019

By Bethany Drysdale

Las Vegas – Game Two of the final homestand for the #11 UNLV Rebels put them head to head against the University of Jamestown. Their last meeting was on November 8, with the Rebels winning 6-1 in South Dakota. Tonight the Rebels looked good, not only in their new sweaters but their game play was more like we expect to see from this group of athletes. Getting the start for the second game in a row was goalie Ben Giesbrecht. An early power play got them going in the right direction. Jared Turcotte scored the first goal of the game with 11 minutes left in the 1st, assisted by D’Andre John.

A loose puck in front of the Jimmies net was centered and shot top side by Turcotte. Captain and senior Cody Williams gained control of a turnover in the neutral zone and tried a shot on goal but caught by Jimmies goalie Tyson Brouwer. With 8:05 left in the first, a cross crease pass in front of Giesbrecht was tipped in by the Jimmies tying the game 1-1. At the end of one UNLV dominated the shots on goal 14-4.

Still struggling to score on the power play, UNLV could not take advantage of Jamestown penalties. Two minutes into the second, Dylan Haney scored the Jimmies second goal as he settled a puck in slot and put it over Giesbrecht’s shoulder. The Rebels Zach Lawson scored on a centering, cross ice pass from Jordan Rea to tie the game 2-2 five minutes into the second period. UNLV was given two more power play opportunities to go up on the Jimmies but much like yesterday the goals were not happening. At the end of two the Rebels were clearly winning the shots on goal at 25 to the Jimmies 13. 

Neither team dominated the third period. Keeping the puck in the offensive zone was not the problem for the Rebels, it was the strong goaltending effort from Jamestown’s Brouwer. Registering more shots on goal each period, the Rebels were determined to win. The Rebels were winning the faceoffs throughout the game. With 3:42 left in the game, the Rebels went onto a power play and called timeout to set up their scoring chances but could not find the back of the net. With 34 shots on goal at the end of the third the Rebels were clearly putting the puck on target, but not getting the number where it matters the most. The Jimmies ended the third with only 19 total shots on goal for the game. Tied 2-2, the game went into overtime to determine the winner. With 3 on 3, Cameron Todd found a lane through the Rebels defense and scored the winning goal between the legs of Giesbrecht, with the final score 3-2 Jimmies.

Tomorrow night, the two teams will battle in the Rebels last home game. Come out to City National Arena at 7:30 pm and salute the seniors who have made UNLV successful over the past 4 years.


Bethany Drysdale was voted by our readers as the Best Writer on Vegas Hockey



Michael McNicolas of Las Vegas 2 Goals Including OT/Game Winner for ECHL Maine Mariners

Friday, Feb 15, 2019

Norfolk, Va – Michael McNicholas of Las Vegas scored his 13th, 14th goals — including a dramatic OT/game winner — for the ECHL Maine Mariners in a 5-4 road win over the Norfolk Admirals here at the Scope Arena.  

//Also on Friday…

Derek Sutliffe of Las Vegas got his 16th goal of the season for the SPHL Macon Mayhem in a very tough 3-2 road loss to Quad City before a crowd of 3014.

Las Vegas Weekend Goal Scorers – Feb 14-16

February 14-16, 2019



5 – Ian Williams, AA Las Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

3 – Jacob Underhill, AA Las Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

3 – JJ Williamson, AA Las Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

2 – Michael McNicholas, ECHL Maine Mariners

1 – Trent Carter, AA Las Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

1 – William Jacob, AA Las Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

1 – Joseph Kaszupski, UNLV Rebels

1 – Zach Lawson, UNLV Rebels

1 – Paxton Malone, UNLV Rebels

1 – Anthony Mazza, AA Las Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

1 – Derek Sutliffe, SPHL Macon Mayhem

1 – Kane Toriumi, UNLV Rebels

1 – Tristan Toth, AA Las Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

1 – Jared Turcotte, UNLV Rebels

1 – Cody Williams, UNLV – 98th career goal for Rebels

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For the Love of Hockey – Minot State 4, UNLV Rebels 0 – By Bethany Drysdale

Thursday, February 14, 2019

By Bethany Drysdale 

Las Vegas – On Thursday night the #11 UNLV Rebels played their first of three final home games. Despite being Valentine’s Day there was no love lost between the Rebels and their opponent. Facing off against #9 Minot State Beavers (14-5-2) for the third time this season the Rebels hoped to win the final matchup. Starting in the Rebels net was Ben Giesbrecht who was tested quickly by the Beavers. Minot State scored first at 3:12 in the first period on a fast pass up the middle, where Gejdos’ back-handed shot passed Giesbrecht on the glove side. UNLV’s power play unit struggled all night to find the net, going 0 for 6 on the power play. It was an uphill battle for much of the game for the Rebels. Facing a team that was bigger and faster, the Rebels needed to play smart hockey. A task that is normally their key to victory, but sloppy passes and some lingering injuries slowed all of their scoring efforts. At the end of one shots on goals favored the Beavers with 7 while the Rebels had 4.

The second period picked up tempo as the Rebels were on three power plays in the period. A solid defensive effort on both sides kept the score the same through the second period at 1-0. UNLV caught up to the Beavers on shots on goal at the end of two. Minot had 13 shots on goal to UNLV’s 12.

The third period started with 32 seconds left on a UNLV power play. Then Minot’s Founier found linemate Carter streaking to the net scoring the second Beaver goal with 15:59 left in the game. The third Beaver goal came a fast 39 seconds later, when Sheldon scored on a breakaway, going top shelf glove side with 15:20 to play. Cody Williams, for the Rebels, tried to spark the offense with a breakaway short-handed shot, but was stopped by Beaver goalie Effertz. With a four minute, double minor, the Rebels had the advantage and pulled Giesbrecht off for an extra attacker in the final moments of the game. With 40 seconds left on the clock the Beaver’s Metcalf scored an empty net goal to seal the victory for the away team.

It was a tough loss for the Rebels on home ice against a quality ACHA Division 1 team. The Rebels need to put this passed them and focus on the Friday night game against the Jamestown Jimmies. Puck drop is 7:30 pm. There are only two more chances for the Rebels on home ice this season, so come out and support the seniors as they try to end their careers with two more home wins. It should be noted that the Rebels faces the Jimmies on November 8 and cruised to a 6-1 victory.


Bethany Drysdale was voted by our readers as the Best Writer on Vegas Hockey