This is It -UNLV Plays Its Final Home Games This Weekend at City National Arena

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UNLV Rebels head coach Anthony Greener on the bench sizing up on ice action

Tuesday, Feb 18, 2020

UNLV’s Top 5 Goal Scorers

Goals

16 – Paxton Malone – 32 career goals

12 – John Moeller

12 – Kane Toriumi

9 – Brendan Manning

7 – Jayson Dimizio

7 – Hunter Muzzillo

7 – Jared Turcotte

7 – Kirk Underwood

Special to Vegas Hockey

Las Vegas – Oh, how the time flies.

These will be the final regular season games for the nationally-ranked UNLV Rebels who take on #22 ranked Oakland on Friday and Saturday nights at the City National Arena.

UNLV, coached by Anthony Greener, is coming off two destructive wins over #14 ranked Arizona State.

The Rebels are 17-12-1 overall including their great 14-5-0 record on home ice at City National Arena. Each game this weekend has a 7 pm start time.

Following these games a field of 20 teams will be announced for the ACHA D1 Nationals

Heath Mensch 3 Goals – Zack Ortolano A+++ in Net – Defense ‘Tweaked’ – AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u – The Golden Ones – Win the Gold

Monday, Feb 17, 2020

Flash Final Score from Las Vegas Ice Center

President’s Day Tournament

AA 16u

Gold Medal Game

AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 7

AA Texas Tigers 2

//John Sinagra scored the first goal for the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights. Heath Mensch, who has been on an all-out scoring rampage for weeks, had 3 goals. Anthony Juric, Ian Williams and Micah Williamson each scored as well. This was an explosive performance for the Wally Lacroix-coached AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights who lost 2-1 to Texas earlier in this tournament at the SoBe Ice Arena.

//Zackary Ortolano was in the net today for Vegas.

//Coach Lacroix said “…our young men responded. The compete level was amazing. We changed a couple of things on the defensive side of the ice – but all the credit goes to to the young men for implicating the different system and structure we asked for. Coach Todd (Owen) and myself couldn’t be prouder….Texas was way better than what the final score showed. They were a solid structured team and we took them out of their game with our D.”

Austin Moline of Las Vegas Scores OT/Shootout Game-Winner for AAA L.A. Jr Kings Team 2005

Special to Vegas Hockey

Blaine, Minnesota – Austin Moline of Las Vegas and AAA L.A. Jr Kings team 2005 scored a dramatic game-winning goal in an OT/Shootout against the AAA Dallas Stars in a Tier 1 Elite League Final 4 playoff game. The Kings won 3-2. The win moves Austin and AAA L.A. Jr Kings in a gold medal game showdown Monday against big rival AAA Anaheim Ducks. Austin has 18 goals this season.

Monday – Get Ready for This One – AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u and High Octane AA Texas Tigers 16u Will Play for President’s Day Gold at the Ice Center

Sunday, Feb 16, 2020

Vegas Jr Golden Knights

5 Stars

#1 CHASE MCCROSSAN

#2 MICAH WILLIAMSON

#3 IAN WILLIAMS

#4 ZACKARY ORTOLANO

#5 WILLIAM JACOB

AA VEGAS JR GOLDEN KNIGHTS 16U SHUT DOWN AA NORTHWEST ADMIRALS TO ADVANCE TO GOLD MEDAL GAME ON MONDAY 10 AM

By Lee Samuels

Las Vegas – See what smart ultra skill play and tremendous goal-tending can do. 

That is what the Wally Lacroix-coached AA Jr Golden Knights 16u – the Golden Ones – found out when they battled through choppy waters at both ends of the ice to beat the larger hulking AA Northwest Admirals by 5-0 on the North Rink of the Las Vegas Ice Center on Sunday night. The Jr Golden Knights swarmed about in their organized structure to work past the physicality and roughness from the Admirals.

And just before this game the very skilled and fast AA Texas Tigers 16u had to work through a swamp of extremely rough play to beat the Palm Beach  Hawks to take a ride to the gold medal game.

So here we have what winning gold medals are all about – the best two teams AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights and the Texas Tigers will play for the President’s Day Tournament crown on Monday here at the Las Vegas Ice Center.

It was Las Vegas sniper Chase McCrossan who got it all started on Sunday night when skated hard toward the Admirals net and ignited an explosive top shelf blast of a shot which scored the first goal for the Vegas Jr Golden Knights.

Later Micah Williamson took off on a blue-streak high speed sprint to score a decisive goal.

And, the Jr Golden Knights got another tremendous game from big game goalie Zachary Ortolano.

It was all good for the home team.

Now the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights must deal with the explosive AA Texas Tigers on Monday, 10 am, for the gold.

From the Blue Line – Is it me or does Heath Mensch play an awesome game whenever he is on the ice – like, every shift….That’s Harris Whissel keeping cool when skating deep into danger zones on the ice….Zachary Ortolano is an awesome goalie. He has a big future in the sport of hockey. 

Vegas Jr Golden Knights Goals

VGK – Chase McCrossan from William Jacob

VGK – Heath Mensch from Anthony Juric, John Purdy

VGK – Micah Williamson

VGK – Anthony Mazza from Anthony Juric

VGK – Ian Williams from Micah Williamson

Goalie – Zackary Ortolano

Sunday – Gage Quinney and AHL Chicago Wolves Win 3-2

Flash Update – Chicago Wolves win 3-2 in OT. Gage had an assist and was +1 on the ice before a hometown crowd of 6840

Sunday, Feb 16, 2020

Rosemont, Illinois – Gage Quinney of Las Vegas and the AHL Chicago Wolves are in action tonight against the Cleveland Monsters here at the Rosemont Arena. Gage, who played youth hockey at the Las Vegas Ice Center, this season has 14 goals, 17 assists for 31 points. Outside the arena during the game it will be clear, very cold – in the 25-degree area.

Sunday – AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u Advance to Gold Medal Game on Monday

Sunday, Feb 16, 2020

President’s Day Tournament

Las Vegas Ice Center

FINAL FOUR

AA 16u

Sunday Evening 

Final

 Texas Tigers 7, Palm Beach Hawks 0

Final

Vegas Jr Golden Knights 5, Northwest Admirals 0

Sunday 

AA 16u

Final Score

AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 4, AHSHA Arizona Premier 16u 1

Las Vegas scoring

LV – Harris Whissel from Chase McCrossan 

LV – Ian Williams

LV – Chase McCrossan 

LV – John Sinagra from Chase McCrossan, Harris Whissel

LV goalie – Colton Miller

Final – UNLV Rebels 5, #14 Arizona State 1 — Rebels Sweep Weekend Series

Flash Update

City National Arena

ACHA D1

Final Score

#14 Arizona State 1

UNLV Rebels 5

UNLV – Bas Assaf from Paxton Malone, John Moeller – Assaf’s 100th point as a Rebel

UNLV – Colin Robin – 1st goal as a Rebel

UNLV – Nick Flanders from Jayson Dimizio

UNLV – Jayson Dimizio from Jake Saxe, Kirk Underwood

UNLV – Brendan Manning from Jayson Dimizio

//Arizona State came out with extremely hard checking which carried over into the second period…UNLV’s premier goalie Dave Anderson, a tranfer from ACHA D1 Jamestown, awesome in all three periods….massive hometown crowd…UNLV closes out its home schedule next weekend vs #23 Oakland University here at City National Arena.

 

VEGAS JR GOLDEN KNIGHTS WIN 3-0 AT THE FAMOUS QUEBEC INTERNATIONAL PEE WEE TOURNAMENT

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Quebec – Captain James Nehring, Rockland Babcock and Collin Spencer scored for the Vegas Jr Golden Knights in a 3-0 win over Evry-Viry Paris in an opening game of the Quebec International Peewee Tournament.

Clayton Stoner is the head coach of the Vegas Jr Golden Knights.

Goal-tending for this game was split for Las Vegas – Kameron Laskaska worked the first half, then was relieved by Varkis Baligian.

Nehring’s first goal of the game was in the second period, then the Vegas Jr Golden Knights peewees battled their way to the big opening game win.

Scoring

VGK – James Nehring from Kaden Israel

VGK – Rockland Babcock from Caden Grestini, Anze Gudino

VGK – Collin Spencer from Finn McNabb, Tommy Trent

 

JOHN PURDY’S ROCKET BLAST GOAL AMAZING – BUT TEXAS TIGERS GET 2-1 WIN OVER AA VEGAS JR GOLDEN KNIGHTS 16U IN A THRILLER AT THE SOBE

VEGAS JR GOLDEN KNIGHTS 16U

THREE STARS OF THE GAME

#1 ZACKARY ORTOLANO – GOALIE

#2 JOHN PURDY

#3 HEATH MENSCH

By Lee Samuels

Las Vegas – Hard-shooting John Purdy of the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u ignited a flame-shooting rocket-blast goal which got a got a standing ovation from the big crowd  – but the AA Texas Tigers’ high speed tricky-moving forwards did enough to win 2-1 in a thrilling President’s Day Tournament game at the Sobe Ice Arena on North Rancho Drive on Saturday.

Purdy and hard-worker defenseman Tristan Nelson are both wearing a ‘C’ on their jerseys this season for Vegas.

And little did anyone know but this was the final home game of the season for the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u who will play the rest of this tournament at the Las Vegas Ice Center and then will proceed later in the month to play in Arizona for weekend games while wiring in for the U.S. National Championships.

Either team could have won this game – both goalies were great including the great Zackary Ortolano of the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u. He made a dozen impossible glove saves to keep his team in this game.

Boden Jenson was the goalie for Texas. He was outstanding as well. 

So many of the Jr Golden Knights played well including big game goal scorer Heath Mensch who made fast moves to get positioned and fire off a number of hard shots at the Texas net. He is a big-game goal scorer.

From the Blue Line – There was a massive highly-energized crowd at this game – this is the first time in years so many fans have turned out to see a tier team like this Wally Lacroix-coached AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u….After the second period the goalies – Ortolano, Jensen – while switching sides – tapped gloves at center ice. Total respect for each other….When the game was moving to a super-heated finish Lacroix on the bench took a long drink from a bottle of cold mountain water….On Sunday the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u take on Arizona-based AA AHSHA Premier 16u at the Las Vegas Center. Game time is 9:20 am.

Las Vegas scoring

LV – John Purdy from Heath Mensch, Caden Berninger

LV goalie – Zackary Ortolano – 10-Star Game