Here is What Hockey Scouts Will Look For at the Las Vegas Global @ LV Ice Center and the Great Western Futures Super Camp at the SoBe Ice Arena; Vegas D-Man Connor Haney Now in Riverside, California

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Friday, April 3, 2020

By Charles V Reilly

Las Vegas – Here is what hockey scouts will be looking for when the two biggest summer Showcases – Las Vegas Global June 22-25 at the Las Vegas Ice Center and the Great Western Futures Super Camp July 8-11 at the Sobe Ice Arena.

First and most important …

Skate Speed. Scouts like to see a lot of speed from forwards and particularly from defensemen. The D-Men should skate as fast at those lightning-like forwards who dart about in deep attack areas.

Hockey Sense – When pressured, how quickly do you react and fire off a pass to a teammate. Or on a 3 on 1 break who are you passing to….

Do not bark at the officials – The top coaches in hockey do not fuss with the officials. When a penalty is called go right to the penalty box. Top coaches in games will deal with what they are dealt with – getting the right players on the ice in say a very tough spot like defending against a 5 on 3.

Scouts watch what you do on the bench – After a tough shift scouts will look at your behaviour on the bench. Did you slam or throw your stick there – that is a no.

Make sure your hockey equipment is good. Skates sharpened and working properly. Bring several hockey sticks.

There are top coaches at all levels of play. The WSHL, NA3HL, NAHL each have solid programs. Eddie Samuels of Las Vegas was a captain with the NAHL Fairbanks Ice Dogs coached by the great legend-like Rob Proffit. Home games were always sold out.

If you get an offer to play on a certain team, consult with a coach or hockey person you trust to review it.

When you make a team always report to practice on time.

There are different sort of hockey coaches outlined perfectly by the great Las Vegas hockey star Micah Sanford. He played for coach Brad Buetow with the AAA Vail Avalanche in Colorado who had put together tremendous practices with awesome strategy-making for the next game. Micah then played with the legend Harvey Smyl-coached BCHL Chilliwack Chiefs and said “Harvey was great managing his bench, knowing all about late-game situations and who exactly to put onto the ice.”

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One of the best ever Las Vegas hockey coaches – Rob Pallin – will be at the Great Western Futures Super Camp at the SoBe Ice Arena on North Rancho Drive. Rob is the head coach at HC TWK Innsbruck.
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From the Blue Line – Connor Haney, a top goal scorer for years from Las Vegas, is in Riverside, Ca. “When this coronavirus thing comes to an end, we will go to a new job we have in the Bay Area.” Connor, 28, was captain of the WSHL Seattle Totems in 2012-13 – tremendous player.

Will ‘Money’ Munson, who played with Eddie Samuels of Las Vegas with the NAHL Billings Jr Bulls, plays house hockey at the IceTown Arena in Riverside,Ca.

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Friday, April 3, 2020

SNIPER GOAL SCORER KYLE QUINN OF CANADA SIGNS WITH UNLV REBELS

Special to Vegas Hockey

Las Vegas – Big UNLV news today. UNLV Rebels head coach Anthony Greener announced today that sniper goal scorer Kyle Quinn – 17 goals, 19 assists last season with the NOJHL Blind River Beavers in Ontario, Canada – will play for the Rebels this fall.

And, there is more big news.

The UNLV Rebels will open their season on the road against #2 ranked 33-4-0 Liberty University in September. Liberty was 23-0-0 on home ice in Lynchburg, Virginia last season.

“Yes, we’re going to open up our season against a great team,” Greener said. “We will play Grand Canyon University next, then home against Utah in our first three weekends.

“Kyle Quinn is a very big forward (6’2”, 185) and he is definitely going to help us in the center of the ice. He’s a looming tough forward on the ice and we’re very happy to have him here.

“Nick Robone (assistant coach) has been talking to the NOJHL coaches for the last two years. Nick’s done a good job of staying in touch with Kyle and he got him to commit. He has a good linemate who we also like – Caleb Serre.”

Utah, which always plays a hard ultra-heated physical game, will be coming into City National Arena for UNLV’s first home games.

From the Blue Line – UNLV last season was 22-13-1, ranked #15 and qualified for the ACHA Nationals for the 4th straight season….The Rebels home games were sold out each time at the City National Arena on Charleston Avenue, next to the Red Rock Casino.

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Las Vegas hockey dad Steve Allen said he likes the UNLV Rebels season opening game against #2 ranked Liberty College. “UNLV should play the toughest teams out there if they want to be the best – every single person in the UNLV program has done a great job.”

#1 Most Searched Today – the dynamite and explosive Ian Williams, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

DEREK SUTLIFFE’S GREATEST SEASON CUT SHORT FOR EVANSVILLE THUNDERBOLTS

Evansville, Indiana – Derek Sutliffe of Las Vegas was having his greatest pro goal scoring season ever – he had 22 goals, 33 assists – for the SPHL Evansville Thunderbolts when the coronavirius epicdemic shut down the season.

Evansville had a 25-14-7 record in the regular season in the Southern Professional Hockey League and Sutliffe, 28, was a big part of it. Evansville had a awesome season with hometown fans jammed in on game nights at the Ford Center.

Head coach Jeff Bes said “we had a special group of players and we could have had a long run in the playoffs. Our players really believed in each other.”

Sutliffe, who grew up playing tier hockey over at the Las Vegas Ice Center on Flamingo Avenue, was a star player earlier with the BCHL Langley Rivermen and also at NCAA St. Scholastica College in Appleton, Wisconsin.

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#1 Most Searched Today – Big goal scorer Heath Mensch, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

Today’s readers are from all parts of the USA and Canada plus France, South Korea

Coming tomorrow – UNLV Rebels sign a sniper-like goal scorer for extra firepower next season.

leesamuels07@aol.com

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Quote of the Day
“Life is Difficult Without Hockey” – from Nancy Whissel, mother of Harris Whissel who plays for the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u.

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ALL LAS VEGAS ICE ARENAS ARE CLOSED

Las Vegas – The historic Las Vegas Ice Center on Flamingo Avenue earlier announced it was shutting down beginning March 18 for 30 days due to the coronavirus epidemic. Also, City National Arena – home of the UNLV Rebels – is closed as is the SoBe Ice Arena – home of the Wally Lacroix coached defending National Champions AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u on North Rancho Drive. It is uncertain what exact dates these three great hometown arenas will re-open.

There have been searches today for the dynamic goal scorer Ash Printzen of Las Vegas. She played for AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u last season. There are also searches for Vincent Dekumbis, the electric-like goal scorer a few seasons ago with the WSHL Las Vegas Storm junior team at the Las Vegas Ice Center. Good times for hometown fans when Vincent Dekumbis was blasting about on the ice. Vincent, 22, is going into his junior season at NCAA Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.

SoBe Rink Rat reminds Las Vegas hockey dad Steve Allen to “keep washing your hands, stay home in isolation and do what the hometown health officials say.” Rink Rat is trying to patch up Steve and hockey star The Genius when the SoBe re-opens.

The Fairbanks Arctic cam, which we check daily, was at 15 degrees this morning.

To send in your hockey updates send 24/7 to leesamuels07@aol.com

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LEGENDARY AAA LA JR KINGS HOCKEY COACH JACK BOWKUS PASSES

Hockey Dad Charles Moline, father of Las Vegas’ Austin Moline who played for the AAA LA Jr Kings 14u team said on Sunday “….Jack Bowkus was an unbelievable coach, the team and the hockey community has lost a great man.”

Former Kings player Brandon Underwood texted “This is a very sad day for the sport of hockey. Jack taught me the game of hockey beginning at the age of 11. He moved me to defense, began calling me ‘Woody,’ a nickname we still have.”

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Reports came in Sunday – and were confirmed on the AAA LA Jr Kings hockey website – that legendary AAA L.A. Jr Kings coach Jack Bowkus has passed. According to Elite Prospects this past season Jack was the head coach of the AAA L.A. Jr Kings bantam team which included Las Vegas goal scoring phenom Austin Moline. This Kings bantam team won CAHA gold, Pacific District Region gold and was set to advance to the US Nationals which were unfortunately cancelled because of the coronavirus epidemic.

Jack was a former head coach of the USHL Indiana Ice. He was also the owner of the Cali Prospects Camp which ran each year in El Segundo, Ca.

Jack was born in Lansing, Michigan on Feb 19, 1967. He was widely respected as one of all-time best ever tier hockey coaches in the USA.

Las Vegas hockey Dad Steve Allen said “…what a tragedy…Jack was a legend in all of youth hockey.”

Brian McDonough, writing on the AAA LA Kings hockey website, wrote …”Jack passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Saturday after a courageous battle with cancer.”

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Monday, March 30, 2020

//There are searches today for Ash Printzen and Ryan Pavlinsky of Las Vegas

//In Canada Gregg Drinnan writes that former assistant coach Brock Sawyer is the new head coach of the BCHL Powell River Kings. He replaces Tyler Kuntz who stepped down noting there are family reasons for his decision to leave the program. Powell River Kings were 29-23-6 last season.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

//Las Vegas goal scorer Kyle Callahan of Las Vegas is now working as a utility designer for Nevada Power. Years ago he played for AA Las Vegas Outlaws bantams, AA Las Vegas Ice Cats 18u and then played played for famous coach Kurt Goar with AA Arizona Hockey Union 18u…Years ago when we wrote Just in Time for Christmas the Unstoppable Johnnie Gold it was Kyle’s younger brother Gunnar – an outstanding artist – who drew tremendous very creative images of Johnnie Gold which we posted with the story here on Vegas Hockey. We thank you Gunnar and yes so does the unstoppable Johnnie Gold and his head coach Jack Black.

//More good news here today – it looks like our star writer Bethany Drysdale may be soon sending in one of her very very good Vegas hockey stories….We want to say hello to one of the great ones – Las Vegas hockey mom Patty Del Grosso……

Friday, March 27, 2020

Las Vegas – Seventeen seasons ago the Rob Pallin-coached AA Las Vegas Mustangs 18u won the Southwest League gold medal. Las Vegas beat a very strong and fierce AA San Jose Jr Sharks 18u team on their home ice by 4-2. After the game Justin Grossman, Sean Darby, Steve Novotny and Paul Lowden of Las Vegas went to center ice to get the golden trophy. “They first played together on a 4-31 Vegas team. They played hard this season and earned the right to go get that trophy,” Pallin said that day. It was the very first banner this team won.This Las Vegas team included the famous Triple Threat Line of Travis Roseberry, JC Caron and Spike Neely. A year later this AA Vegas Mustangs 18u team won many golds and played in the U.S. Nationals.

//And how and why did Rob Pallin teams do so much. Spike Neely, at Eddie Del Grosso’s wedding, said “…coach Rob made us believe we were better players than what we really were. When we went over the wall and onto the ice in big games we knew we were going to win.”

//For the 4th straight day there have been searches here for awesome goal scorer Heath Mensch who plays for the Wally Lacroix-coached AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

//In his last two seasons Chris Francis of Las Vegas has awesome numbers with Salle Bulls Halle Germany3. Chris has 43 goals, 67 assists for 110 points.

//Former AA Las Vegas Ice Cats 18u hockey coach Matt Stang is home in isolation with family in Prince Albert, BC. He is now a top scout for the WHL Prince Albert Raiders – Lee

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Friday, March 27, 2020

BIG GOAL SCORER AUSTIN MOLINE OF LAS VEGAS DRAFTED IN 1ST ROUND BY WHL SWIFT CURRENT BRONCOS

Special to Vegas Hockey

Defenseman Austin Moline, a goal scoring force from Las Vegas, was selected by WHL Swift Current Broncos in the first round of the WHL Top Prospects Draft. Austin, 14, had 18 goals, 14 assists for the Jack Bowkus-coached AAA LA Jr Kings bantam team this past season. Austin is listed at 6’2, 150. Dean Brockman is GM/Head Coach of the Broncos. Dean noted that Moline has a hard right-handed shot and led all AAA Jr Kings bantam defensemen in scoring this season. Moline was scouted when he scored three times for the Jr Kings at the famous John Reid Memorial Bantam Tournament in Canada. The WHL Swift Current Broncos play home games at the Innovation Credit Union iPlex in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada.

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More on Austin Moline – He grew up playing hockey here in Las Vegas. When he was 4 1/2 he learned to skate at the Las Vegas Ice Center. He played for a number of Las Vegas ice hockey teams and his coaches (who Austin wants to mention) included Tom Lackas, Bo Lackas, Jeff Bruckner, Dell Truax, Matt Johnson and with the Faith Lutheran HS Crusaders where Austin was coached by Pokey Reddick, Craig Thornton and Shane Hnidy…

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Wednesday, March 25,2020

THE JERRETT OVERLAND, ROB PALLIN, FRANK SERRATORE CONNECTION

By Lee Samuels

See hockey miracles do happen.

Las Vegas defenseman Jerrett Overland, who played for the BCHL Wenatchee Wild last season, will play for the Frank Serratore-coached NCAA Air Force Academy this fall.

Serratore, 62, is same hockey coach who Rob Pallin of Las Vegas played for in 1984-85 with the USHL Austin Mavericks in Minnesota. At the time Rob, from Chisholm, Minnesota, was just 16, the youngest player on the Mavericks. Mike Hastings, a top coach now with St. Cloud State, was also on that Mavericks team.

“I will always think of Rob Pallin that season as that up and coming youngster with such wonderfull skills,” Serratore told writer Joe McCauley in his 2003 book Puck Dreams and Other Stories

Coach Rob knows Jerrett Overland very well working with him during off-season skate sessions. When you take an overlook look at this it’s an amazing connection we think.

Overland, 18, is a very gifted defenseman who earlier played in the AAA Anaheim Jr Ducks program.

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Flash Update

Tuseday, March 24, 2020

Las Vegas – One of UNLV’s greatest-ever defensemen Eric Williams of Las Vegas is predicting big things – like alot of pure gold – for the Anthony Greener-coached Rebels in the upcoming 2020-21 season.

“We have a lot of great players coming back next season, we have a great exciting fan atmosphere whenever we play home games at City National Arena and we’re going to pick up where we left off – we’re going right for a National Championship.”

UNLV has qualified to play in the ACHA D1 Nationals four straight years.

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Roy Henderson’s Las Vegas Global Showcase with lots of Western scouts set for June 22-25 at the Las Vegas Ice Center on Flamingo Avenue.

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Monday, March 23, 2020

Buffalo, NY – Michael Yochum, a Las Vegas goal scorer at every level of the game, will return and play for ACHA D1 Canisius Golden Griffins in the 2020-21 season. Michael, a sophomore, had 17 goals, 7 assists this past season. Michael, 20, has a dual major in economics and sports management. Canisus went 17-11-0 this past season.

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Most Searched Today –
Heath Mensch, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u – tremendous high action goal scorer
Hamilton Whyte, Las Vegas goal scorer who played years ago at Las Vegas Ice Center
Hunter Toms, Las Vegas, AAA LA Jr Kings 14u

For The Love of Hockey – Bethany Drysdale interviews Colin Robin of UNLV

Today’s readers are from all parts of the USA and Canada plus India, South Korea

To SoBe Rink Rat – Skitters, the baby rink kitten who appears in all of our Christmas stories here on Vegas Hockey, is not real – She was created by Las Vegas hockey dad Jay Zurfluh. During the games Skitters usually hangs with Gramps behind the bench over where the sticks are. She is, judging by emails sent here, one of the most enduring unforgettable characters we’ve ever had. Gramps is the legend, the late great grandfather of UNLV Rebels Anthony Greener who kindly gave us permission to use Gramps in our Christmas stories here.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Las Vegas hockey coach Rob Pallin of HC TWK Innsbruck, wife Dora and daughters Emily Charlotte and Lina Rose, have returned safely to Las Vegas.
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Also Today….
Jimmy Samuels of Las Vegas played youth hockey in Las Vegas, then went to Kansas University where he majored in Film. He played one season for the ACHA D3 KU hockey team, then became the team’s GM for two seasons. Now Jimmy is graduating with a major in Film. He and Vito Carlo are best friends. The late great Las Vegas hockey dad Tommy Ricketts whose hockey son Beau Ricketts was an all-out goal scoring force for many teams including the WSHL Las Vegas Storm – gave Jimmy lots of hockey cards when the two met over at the Las Vegas Ice Center. Jimmy is our grandson, for those who may not know….Best to all reading here today, Lee….

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Las Vegas – After taking a season off the very popular star defenseman Vito Carlo of Las Vegas plans to return to the game and play for NCAA Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire this coming season. Vito, whose dear hockey mom Rosie passed last year, went to classes at Franklin Pierce but decided to take off a season from the game. Vito was a star performer for the NA3HL Atlanta Capitals where he won many awards as a defenseman. Vito had 7 goals, 36 assists in his final season with the Atlanta Capitals. He earlier played in a key defensive role for Gabe Gauthier’s WSHL Las Vegas Storm which practiced and played home games at the Las Vegas Ice Center. Vito, 21, is listed at 6’1, 180.

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Special to Vegas Hockey

UNLV REBELS SIGN PREMIER GOALIE VINCE BENEDETTO OF SIJHL CHASE HEAT

Las Vegas – UNLV coaches Anthony Greener and Nick Robone know how to construct championship teams – you start building at the net, then signed premier defensemen and then go after the best available sharpshooters. Which is why the UNLV Rebels signed premier goalie Vince Benedetto of the KIJHL Chase Heat who play home games in Chase, BC Canada.

Benedetto, 20, last season in 30 regular season games had a 2.69 gaa and a 92.0% save percentage. In five playoff games Benedetto had a 2.87 gaa and a 90.2% save percentage. Benedetto, who is from Edmonton, is listed at 5’10, 180.

Coach Greener said “…we’re coming off a great season and adding Vince Benedetto will give us even more depth in the goalie spot. We are looking to have 4 goalies on our roster for next season.

Robone noted Benedetto was first spotted on HockeyTV where Rebels coaches watch to track down available players who have a great skillset.

“Benedetto is a very athletic goalie, he had great numbers last season with the Chase Heat and is a good person as well.

“Our blueprint to to have 4 goalies on our roster leading into the new season,” said coach Robone.

UNLV has had top teams who have qualified for the ACHA D1 Nationals for four straight years – a club record.

Rebels Notebook – On the Rebels twitter feed it was noted that “95% of Rebels players are recruited from junior hockey teams.”

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JOEY ALLEGRINI OF LAS VEGAS COMMITS TO NCAA NICHOLS COLLEGE
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Breaking news – Captain Joey Allegrini of Las Vegas and the NAHL Atlanta Capitals has committed to NCAA Nichols College in Dudley, Massachusetts. Congratulations to Joey – a hard working team leader who had a huge season with 15 goals, 39 assists….Gregg Drinnan in Canada reporting former Yale assistant coach Ryan Donald will be head coach of a new team – the BCHL Cranbrook Bucks….The WHL season has come to a close. Erik Atchison of Las Vegas is a strong, top player for the Spokane Chiefs…..Rob Profitt’s NAHL Fairbanks Ice Dogs announced that goal scorer Adam Eisle – 18 goals, 15 assists – has committed to NCAA Minnesota State…City National Arena off of Charleston Avenue near the Red Rock Casino – and the home of the UNLV Rebels – has shut down due to the coronavirus situation…The Genius, a goal scorer from parts unknown, texts that he was surprised Las Vegas hockey dad Steve Allen was quoted here. The Genius accidently vaporized Steve in a rinkboard incident last July 4 in one of our summertime hockey adventure stories over at the SoBe Ice Arena.

Contact Vegas Hockey @ leesamuels07@aol.com

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UNLV’s Top 15 All-Time Goal Scorers
Goals
138 – Mike Zenzola
100 – Cody Williams
96 – Anthony Greener
83 – Sam Braniff
67 – Chris Jones

59 – Robbie Silvernail
55 – Jake Saxe
54 – Josh Jasek
40 – Drew Bryan
39 – Tristan Mayer
38 – Paxton Malone
35 – Zach Richards
34 – Bryden Marsh
31 – Viktor Brask

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

WHEN IN DOUBT, GIVE THE PUCK TO UNLV’S MIKE ZENZOLA

By Lee Samuels – Flashback Story

Las Vegas – UNLV alum Chris Tate peered through his goalie facemask and saw trouble coming. At mid ice three red-jersey UNLV forwards broke through the pack and were heading his way on Saturday night at the SoBe Ice Arena.

Chris looked to his left, then to the right.

Not a defenseman in sight or was on his radar.

He looked again and leading the attack run was #18 Mike Zenzola, the greatest goal scorer in the history of UNLV Rebels hockey.

The three forwards arrived, sprayed ice at the net, the puck was quickly shot and rocketed into a far corner of the net. The three forwards then turned as a unit and sped back down the ice.

It was a quick strike and score, the way Mike Zenzola of UNLV used to do it so many times when the big teams rolled into town.

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It was the annual UNLV Alumni Game at the SoBe Ice Arena on a warm Saturday night. Zenzola looked the same – tall, lean, ready to rock down the ice and unleash blasts of shots from a variety of distances.

Officially he is 6’2, 200.

He scored 138 career goals and the only other Rebel remotely close to that was Anthony Greener who played a different kind of game. Greener usually played much closer in the shark waters around enemy nets when big teams like Michigan, Texas, San Diego State and yes, even UCLA got into UNLV’s grill.

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Mike Zenzola said he couldn’t have scored all of the goals without his longtime linemate Sam Braniff. They played on the same AA midget team, the Inland Valley Coyotes in the Riverside area, then with the Fort Vancouver Pioneers in junior hockey, then together with UNLV. It was Rob Pallin, Mike said, who recruited he and Sam.

Biggest goals ever? Zenzola, like most great athletes, laughed and said he had just a few. Well he scored over a hundred of them, including six goals in one game against Cal State Fullerton. Zenzola said he had a big game against Colorado and he mentioned one or two more.

His best line? Zenzola, Braniff and Greener or with the explosive goal scorer Josh Jasek.

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Practically all of the top UNLV alum players were in the game. Tate, who was in the net in the very first UNLV game in 2005-06 season, wore a powder blue jersey. Years ago he said he never looked at the Pepsi scoreboard during the closest of games at the SoBe Ice Arena. “My only concern was keeping any eye on the puck and keeping it out of out net,” he said.

Greener, whose #96 jersey is framed and hanging on the south wall at the SoBe, was handed red jersey #3 to start the game.

“Never wore a #3 before,” he said. “But here we go.”

Moments later his hockey mom Sue, in the cold bleachers, told everyone “Anthony is now wearing number 20 red.”

Greener had a great game, chipping passes, setting up linemates. Ryan Krametbauer, whose #13 jersey is also framed and hanging on the wall at the SoBe, is an attorney now. He gave me his card, just in case, you never know when you need a good attorney he said. He plays in a men’s league on Sunday nights. A former Rebel, Danny Kaminski, is on the team.

Arturo Castro wanted to play but didn’t. He is still recovering from a serious back and neck injury in a game against Long Beach State. Will he play this fall? Doesn’t think he can do it. Too much at risk in the health area. He now works in UNLV Rebels hockey promotions. He is very popular and the players call him Arty.

Even UNLV defensemen like Doug Wenglare got into the goal scoring. He made it look easy, getting to the net, feinting and scoring.

UNLV enforcer Kyle Curry was prowling around on the ice. He had a great skate, just like his former teammates. Kyle’s temperature never red-lined, so that was good for all.

No one skated harder than an active Rebel, Trey Johnson. He went up and down the ice high speed.

Just the way he always does in the real Rebels games.

The game? It was a scorefest. Final score was 14-14. No goals were announced. Rock music blasted during the game, not just during timeouts.

We asked one of the goalies Katie Scheafer who was the most dangerous goal scorer out there.

She said didn’t track many of the jersey numbers who were at the net.

But she said #18 was pretty good.

That was the Great One, Mike Zenzola.

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Today’s #1 Most Read Story
For the Love of Hockey – A Look at UNLV’s Brendan Manning by Bethany Drysdale, Kat Craner and Christina Oka

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Las Vegas – Back in 2015-16 the Gabe Gauthier-coached WSHL Las Vegas Storm was a mighty force over at the Las Vegas Ice Center. Hometown skaters Beau Ricketts, Vito Carlo, Joey Allegrini, Steven Avalone and Jake McKenna were on this team.

And then there was Vincent Dekumbis from Fribourg, Switzerland.

During that season Vincent blazed about and had 31 goals, 15 assists for 46 points. He was selected to the WSHL All-Star team and, while accompanied by coach Gauthier, won the WSHL Fastest Skater Award.

Vincent was voted by our readers as the 2016 Vegas Hockey Player of the Year

And where is Dekumbus now?

Vincent will be going into his junior season with the NCAA D3 Lawrence University hockey team in Appleton, Wisconsin.

WSHL Las Vegas Storm
All-Time Goal Scorers

Goals
49 – Isaiah Letendre
48 – Vincent Dekumbis
43 – Nikita Pintsuv
32 – Jeffrey Morgan
30 – Beau Ricketts
29 – Arrigo Burgener
22 – Teddy Astrom
20 – Sam Sykes

Sam Sykes had 34 goals this season for the WSHL El Paso Rhinos

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Las Vegas hockey dad Steve Allen notes that practically all adult league ice hockey games have come to a halt here in Las Vegas. “Very sad,” he said.

Steve added “We also feel very sad for the UNLV Rebels and for Wally’s AA Jr Golden Knights 16u teams who could not go to their tournaments.”

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Today’s readers are from all parts of the USA, Canada, Austria, Germany and South Korea

Coming tomorrow – When in doubt, Give the Puck to Mike Zenzola

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Monday, March 16, 2020

Las Vegas – For these great UNLV Rebels seniors there are no U.S. Nationals. UNLV qualified for the 20-team ACHA D1 Nationals but the cornonavirus epidemic took it down for this season.

UNLV Seniors
#7 Connor Hetzel – 0 goals, 3 assists, 3 points
#13 Jake Saxe – Assistant Captain – 16 goals, 13 assists, 31 points
#23 Tristan Mayer – 3 goals, 4 assist, 7 points
#27 Erik Eidissen, goalie – 9 games, 3.23 gaa, 87.6% save percentage

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Transaction of the Day – Rhett Rakhshani, a massive 54-goal scorer for the AAA Cal Wave 16 in 2003-04, has re-signed with Frolunda HC in Switzerland.

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Sunday, March 15, 2020

The historic and very famous Las Ice Center on Flamingo Avenue is shutting down for two weeks from March 16 to March 29 as a result of the coronavirus epidemic. The biggest stars from Las Vegas including Jason Zucker, Gage Quinney, Cory Ward, Kenny Brooks, Zach Pochiro, Joe Sullivan, Derek Sutliffe, Beau Ricketts, Vito Carlo, Vincent Dekumbis, Steven Avalone, Rhett Bruckner and many others played on youth teams at the Ice Center. Pokey Reddick for years was a top tier hockey coach there.

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The NAHL, which includes the famous Fairbanks Ice Dogs, has “paused its playoffs – but has not cancelled it.”

Saturday, March 14, 2020

It was announced that Rob Pallin of Las Vegas will return as Head Coach of HC TWK Innsbruck in Austria for 2021.

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TOP FIVE GOAL SCORERS
UNLV REBELS
22 – Paxton Malone
16 – Jake Saxe
13 – John Moeller
12 – Kane Toriumi
10 – Brendan Manning

WSHL LAS VEGAS THUNDERBIRDS

20 – Joe Terrana
18 – Anthony Rodriguez
16 – Mikhail Gerasin
13 – Joe Wheeler
8 – Gleb Schlyaiger
8 – Egor Khomyakov

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To SoBe Rink Rat – Yes, coach Rob Pallin of Las Vegas will return as Head Coach of TWK Innsbruck in Austria 2020-21 season.

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Four more leagues – the NHL, AHL, ECHL and SPHL

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    More Breaking News – The WSHL has shut down operations for this season – meaning the season has come to an unexpected close for the WSHL Las Vegas Thunderbirds who practice and play home games at the SoBe Ice Arena on North Rancho Drive.

    Thursday, March 12, 2020

    Special to Vegas Hockey

    The UNLV Rebels who worked so hard to get eligible for the ACHA D1 Nationals – their 4th straight time playing in the Nationals – were told the 20-team tournament is shut down as result of the coronavirus epidemic. Anthony Greener is the head coach of the Rebels who were ranked #15 and scheduled to take on big rival Arizona State in Texas. The Rebels tweeted “…we cannot wait to begin prepping for next season.”

    At the same time the Wally Lacroix-coached AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u – defending National Champions – and who were called The Golden Ones this season – will be not be able to defend their gold. USA Hockey has shut down the Nationals in all ages of youth hockey.

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    THE VEGAS FIVE

    2019-20

    PRO, NCAA, WHL, ACHA, JUNIOR HOCKEY

    Goals

    22 – CHRIS FRANCIS, SALLE BULLS HALLE, GERMANY3

    22 – DEREK SUTLIFFE, SPHL EVANSVILLE THUNDERBOLTS

    20 – ASH PRINTZEN, AAA MEIJER WESTERN MICHIGAN GIRLS 19U

    19 – BRENDEN FEHLIG, NA3HL COULEE REGION CHILL – WISCONSIN

    17 – GAGE QUINNEY, AHL CHICAGO WOLVES

    17 – MICHAEL YOCHUM, ACHA D1 CANISIUS GOLDEN GRIFFINS

    AAA/AA/High School

    Goals

    40 – MATTHEW GROSS, AAA PHOENIX JR COYOTES 16U

    39 – FUZZY ATCHISON, AAA ARIZONA BOBCATS 13U

    22 – JACK LACKAS, AAA ARIZONA BOBCATS 13U

    21 – CHASE LAURIE, AAA ARIZONA BOBCATS 13U

    21 – TRISTAN TOTH, VEGAS JR GOLDEN KNIGHTS HIGH SCHOOL TEAM

    19 – AUSTIN MOLINE, AAA L.A. JR KINGS 2005

    For revises or additions send to leesamuels07@aol.com

    THE TICKER….

    Wednesday, March 11, 2020

    ACHA D1 CANCELS 2020 NATIONAL TOURNAMENT IN TEXAS

    Anthony Greener, head coach of the UNLV Rebels, learned today that the ACHA D1 cancelled the 2020 National Tournament in Texas. ACHA Director Craig Barnett said he had deep concerns about the worldwide coronavirus epidemic. UNLV, ranked #15 nationally, was scheduled to take on Arizona State in their opening round elimination game.

    USA HOCKEY CANCELS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS INCLUDING YOUTH HOCKEY

    In a staggering announcement USA Hockey has canceled all their National Championships for 2020 – including High School, Youth, Girls, Adults and Sled. Jim Smith, president of USA Hockey, said “the safety of our participants has always been our top priority.”

    Wednesday, March 11, 2020

    BIG ROAD WIN FOR JOE SULLIVAN OF LAS VEGAS AND ECHL INDY FUEL

    Kalamazoo, Michigan – Joe Sullivan of Las Vegas and the ECHL Indy Fuel held off the hometown Kalamazoo Wings to win 1-0 here at the Wings Arena. Joe, who wears jersey #18, had one shot on goal. He has seven goals, eight assists this season. As a tier hockey player Joe played for a number of teams over at the Las Vegas Ice Center. The crowd for this game was 1552. Indy Fuel is an affiliate of the NHL Chicago Blackhawks.

    ERIK ATCHISON OF LAS VEGAS AND WHL SPOKANE CHIEFS WIN 3-0

    Spokane, Washington – Erik Atchison of Las Vegas and the WHL Spokane Chiefs beat the Kamloops Blazers 3-0 on Tuesday night before 4159 at the Spokane Memorial Arena. Erik this season has 6 goals, 8 assists, 14 points and is +3 on the ice. Erik and Spokane close out their regular season with games vs the Portland Winterhawks here Friday and Saturday nights.

    NEW RULES FOR UNLV REBELS AND OTHER TEAMS AT ACHA D1 NATIONALS IN TEXAS

    When the UNLV Rebels hit Texas and take on Arizona State in a first-round game in the ACHA D1 Nationals on March 19 there will be new rules and regulations –including (a) no hand-shake line after a game; gloved fist bumps will be ok and (b) each player will have an individual bottle of water on the bench. The games will be played in Austin, Texas. UNLV vs ASU is set for March 19. The winner of UNLV/ASU gets to tangle with 31-4-0 Liberty College. And yes, UNLV played ASU twice during the regular season – in fact the opening games of the 2019-2020 season. On the road UNLV lost 3-1 to ASU at the Oceanside Arena in Tempe, Az. In Game Two UNLV beat ASU 4-2. Oh, get this – this will be the 4th straight year UNLV will play in the ACHA D1 Nationals. You can congratulate Rebels head coach Anthony Greener, #1 assistant Nick Robone, GM Zee Khan and the rest of the great coaches who guide the way.

    It was just announced that Grand Valley State University in Michigan will compete in ACHA D1 next season. There will be 72 teams in ACHA D1 in 2020-21.

    Fairbanks Arctic Cam – It’s on 24/7 and as we write this it is 6 degrees and going down to minus-13 degrees overnight. Many Las Vegas teams for years have played in Fairbanks. And it’s the home of legend GM Rob Profitt and the NAHL Fairbanks Ice Dogs hockey team…

    BREAKING NEWS – JOEY ALLEGRINI OF LAS VEGAS TO NCAA D3 NICHOLS COLLEGE IN MASSACHUSETTS IN 2020-21

    Joey Allegrini of Las Vegas and the NA3HL Atlanta Capitals has committed to NCAA Nichols College D3 in Massachusetts for the 2020-21 season. Joey has 15 goals this season. Joey played for the Gabe Gauthier-coached WSHL Las Vegas Storm in 2016-17 at the Las Vegas Ice Center. Joey had 16 goals while playing for the Storm.

    GAGE QUINNEY DEALS GAME-WINNING OT ASSIST FOR CHICAGO WOLVES

    Chicago – Gage Quinney of Las Vegas dealt an OT game-winning pass to Dylan Coghlan whose powerplay goal clinched a 3-2 OT win for the AHL Chicago Wolves over the Rockford Ice Dogs at the All State Arena on Sunday night. The crowd was 9808. Gage this season has 17 goals, 19 assists, 36 points and is +6 on the ice for Chicago – an afffiliate of the NHL Vegas Golden Knights.

    COUNTDOWN CLOCK TICKING FOR UNLV REBELS AND ACHA D1 NATIONALS

    It’s crunch time for UNLV Rebels head coach Anthony Greener as his team is wiring in for the ACHA D1 Nationals in Texas. On March 19 the Rebels will take on Arizona State in a first-round game. The Countdown Clock is ticking, like loudly.

    So what’s the blueprint now?

    We asked coach Greener exactly that.

    “Monday we have a team workout. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday practices with film mixed in. Saturday we have a team building activity. Next Monday and Tuesday we practice again. We take a flight next Wednesday and practice again this time in Texas.”

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    AUSTIN MOLINE OF LAS VEGAS AND AAA L.A. KINGS 2005 GOING TO USA NATIONALS

    Austin Moline, a premier defenseman from Las Vegas, scored in the gold medal game this past weekend to help the AAA L.A. Jr Kings 2005 team win in the gold medal game and advance to USA Nationals.

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    Arch Ecker, the voice of the BCHL Wenatchee Wild, is one of the best ever at doing game broadcasts for hometown hockey teams. We asked Arch what other teams has he called games for and he replied…”the AWHL Butte Irish in 1996-2002, Helena BigHorns 2002-06, Santa Fe Roadrunners 2006-7 and then we went to Topeka with them where they played through 2015-16 and from 2016 we’ve been on the BCHL Wenatchee Wild broadcasts.”

    FLASH SATURDAY, MARCH 7 SCORE
    WSHL
    Final Score
    Las Vegas Thunderbirds 1, Fresno Monsters 7
    Las Vegas goal – Linus Lomander (Sweden) – 2nd goal of season – from Egor Khomyakov, Joe Terrana
    Shots on goal – Fresno 38-19
    Las Vegas goalie – Owen Kennedy

    FLASH FRIDAY MARCH 6 SCORES
    BCHL
    Friday Final Score – Vernon Vipers 8, Wenatchee Wild 3
    //Season comes to a close for premier defenseman Jerrett Overland of Las Vegas and the BCHL Wenatchee Wild. Vernon Vipers win the Best of of Five series, 4-1. The great Bliss Littler is the GM/Head Coach of the Wenatchee Wild for eight seasons. The Wild has a great play by play broadcaster in Arch Ecker. The crowd for this game was a big one – 1,979.

    WSHL
    Friday Final Score – Las Vegas Thunderbirds 1, Fresno Monsters 5

    //Joe Terrana scored his 20th goal of the season for the T-Birds in 3rd period; Mikhail Gerasin with the assist
    //Las Vegas had more shots 37-32
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    WSHL LAS VEGAS THUNDERBIRDS VS FRESNO MONSTERS SATURDAY

    The WSHL Las Vegas Thunderbirds are on the road Saturday, March 7 taking on the Fresno Monsters at the Gateway Ice Center. Top goal scorers for the T-Birds are Joe Terrana 20, Nikolas Sotiriou 19 and Anthony Rodriguez 18. Fresno’s season record is 33-13-2. The T-Birds in their debut season are 26-21-2. Game time is 6 pm.

    http://www.wshlstats.com/live_scoreboard.php

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    Las Vegas Weekend Goal Scorers – March 6-8, 2019
    1 – Brenden Fehlig, NA3HL Coulee Region Chill – La Crosse, Wisconsin
    1 – Linus Lomander, WSHL Las Vegas Thunderbirds
    1 – Austin Moline, AAA L.A. Jr Kings 2005
    1 – Joe Terrana, WSHL Las Vegas Thunderbirds

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    Down 3-1 in a Best of Seven playoff series premier defenseman Jerrett Overland of Las Vegas and the BCHL Wenatchee Wild are in a must win game tonight — Friday — against the Vernon Vipers at the Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee, Washington. The great Bliss Littler is the GM/Head Coach of the BCHL Wenatchee Wild. There will be $1 hot dogs and $1 soft drinks at this game.

    The Anthony Greener-coached UNLV Rebels are seeded 15th in a field of 20 teams and will take on big rival Arizona State in a first-round game in the ACHA D1 Nationals which is set March 19 at the Comercia Center – formerly known as the Dr. Pepper Center – in Frisco, Texas. ASU is seeded #18.

    Coach Greener said “…little upset winning the last three games and dropping two spots in the rankings but there is nothing we can do about it. We can use it as ammo. ASU is going to be tough for us for sure. They are a rough team with a lot of energy. We will have to play them tough and stick to our game plan. We definitely have our hands full.”

    Today’s #1 Most Read Story – A Look at UNLV’s Brendan Manning by Bethany Drysdale, Kat Craner and Christina Oka. This has been the #1 most read story for three straight weeks. Bethany Drysdale is a two-time Vegas Hockey Writer of the Year and the interviewing/writing team of Bethany, Kat and Christina is the best all-time on Vegas Hockey.

    Ash Printzen of Las Vegas scored for AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u in a big 3-2 OT win over Honeybaked girls 19u in a Michigan State Playoff Game..

    The Golden Ones – the Wally Lacroix-coached AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u – will take on the AA L.A. Jr Kings 16u in Las Vegas on March 21 (9:15 am Sobe Ice Arena, 3:30 pm Las Vegas Ice Center) and March 22 9:15 am faceoff at the Sobe Ice Arena…Jimmy Samuels, who played youth hockey in Las Vegas and later played a season with ACHA D3 Kansas University, will graduate from KU this spring with a degree in Film….. The Ticker is told that Las Vegas goal scorer Vito Carlo, out since the loss of his dear hockey mom Rosie, will be back onto the ice next season….Michael McNicholas of Las Vegas during the weekend scored his 10th goal of the season and dealt an assist for the ECHL Maine Mariners in a 6-4 loss to the South Carolina Stingrays…..It looks like the new AHL Golden Knights minor league team will play at The Orleans Arena here in town next season. The Golden Knights bought the AHL San Antonio Rampage franchise..RIP to #88 Sean Fox, a tremendous Las Vegas player in his era for Rob Pallin-coached tier teams. There is an family rememberence for him – Sean passed in 2018.

For The Love of Hockey – a Look at UNLV’s Brendan Manning by Bethany Drysdale, Kat Craner and Christina Oka

By Bethany Drysdale, Kat Craner and Christina Oka

With the UNLV regular season coming to a close, the playoff picture is coming into focus for the Rebels. One reason for their continued success this season has been a freshman forward from Victor, New York. Not far from Lake Placid, where the 1980 Miracle on ice pushed USA hockey into the spotlight, Victor is a small town just outside of Rochester. A place where hockey and lacrosse are popular sports; Brendan Manning started playing hockey with his older brother. At age 3 or 4, Brendan started ice skating. He credits his love of hockey to his family. His father grew up playing hockey and his mother was a big supporter of both her sons playing on the ice.

This season, as a UNLV forward, Manning has played 28 games, tallying 10 goals and 6 assists. Last season, the 20-year-old Manning spent his time in the EHL, playing 29 games with 12 goals and 13 assists, keeping up a consistent presence on the ice.

His most memorable hockey moment, “I would have to say, probably, playing hockey for one year with my brother. My brother was always one grade ahead of me, and he played high school hockey growing up, but I never did, because my team, when I was playing youth hockey, was always full season for travel, and it wasn’t half a season for travel AND high school, so I never had that chance to play with him until one year, finally, my team was a split team, it was travel AND high school, so I had the ability to play with my brother, which I did, and it was really fun.

“We won our high school championship and everything, and it was a really fun year. I would say that was probably, like, the best memory. But I would say probably that playing for a Canadian league when I was a sophomore was probably one of the most exciting moments of my hockey career because not every kid gets the opportunity to play in a really profound league like that. I was 15 years old, and I was going to Toronto on a Tuesday to have a game at 7:00 at night, and then I would have to drive, 4 hours back home, and I would literally get home at 3 in the morning and have to get up and go to class the next day. It kind of separated me from others, in terms of a normal school life, and, like, a normal teenager’s life, so, I would say that was probably one of the things I will always remember is the dedication I needed to have at 15 years old to play hockey.

We asked Brendan what advice he has for young kids in Las Vegas who are now catching on to hockey now.

“I would say that, if you’re young, I don’t think that you should go 100% into hockey, that you should try other things. Other sports are going to compliment hockey as well. I don’t think a kid should play one sport when he’s young. I think a kid should play more sports because, you know, if you play baseball, if you play soccer, all of those things are going to compliment hockey. If hockey is your favorite thing, that’s fine. But as you get older you can start to fade away from your other sports and take hockey a little more seriously. But you have so much time, and, you know, when you’re that young, it doesn’t really matter. Everybody, you know, hits a growth spurt at a different age, and that’s the best thing you can do is stay active when you are young. It’s just going to make you a better hockey player, in 5 or 10 years.

“I don’t think training and lifting weights at 10 or 12 years old is going to be beneficial when you’re 20. I think that everybody should just be active, be a kid. Don’t take it so seriously. You don’t have to live the life of an NHL kid when you’re 10 years old. There’s no point in that, it’s not going to make you any better. It’s just really demanding, and I don’t think that kids realize that when they’re that young, and the same with parents. It can be a lot, and it just catches up to you so quick. So, just, there’s so much time for hockey, and you’re going to be playing it for so long. When you’re young, those are the things that you’re going to enjoy the most, so just go with your friends and school, just playing baseball, playing soccer… You want to have three sports in the year. That’s the goal, to be active year-round. That will make you a better hockey player.”

As for his Brendan’s long-term plans, “In 5 years, I will hopefully be graduated from UNLV, but I think I’m going to try to play a year or two, or maybe more than that, in Europe. I’m not sure where. I just know that I’ve always kind of wanted to see something different and play in an area I’ve never seen before. I think playing in Europe is always something that I’ve wanted to do because it’s something different.

“I’ve never even been to Europe, so I feel like my first time to go play hockey there would be special. I also know that hockey in Europe is a little bit different of a style of game. There’s nothing for sure yet. I’m just trying to kind of go with the flow, and I’m going to try to enjoy UNLV while I’m here, and then whatever happens, happens after that.”

Manning is an International Business major and thinks the idea of commercial real estate is a possibility for a career outside of hockey.

For now, The Rebels are focused on bringing home a division 1 ACHA title to Las Vegas. Follow Brendan’s team the Rebels as they make their way to Frisco, Texas and fight it out March 19-24 for a National title.

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Saturday, February 29, 2020 – The Anthony Greener-coached UNLV Rebels went 3-for-3 in Colorado including a 5-4 win over Colorado University on Saturday night in Boulder, Colorado. The Rebels will now return home and gear up for the upcoming ACHA D1 20-team US Nationals. – Lee
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SATURDAY SCOREBOARD

FINAL SCORE
UNLV REBELS 5
COLORADO UNIVERSITY 4

UNLV goal – Paxton Malone from Jayson Dimizio
UNLV goal – Kirk Underwood from Jake Saxe
UNLV goal – Kirk Underwood from Jake Saxe, Orion Linnehan
UNLV goal – Paxton Malone from Jared Turcotte, Liam Gentile
UNLV goal – Eric Williams – long blast – powerplay goal

UNLV goalie – David Anderson
Colorado goalie – Grant Payne – his final game as a great graduating CU goalie

With the 5-4 win over Colorado the Rebels are now 22-13-1 this season – ACHA D1 Ranked #13

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1st Period Notebook….

Only one senior in CU lineup tonight

Muzzillo wide left with a shot for Rebels

Muzzillo crashes net, shoots – shot is blocked

48 fans on the stream right now

CU’s David Mitchell blasts down the ice, fires on Anderson – no goal

McIntosh scores for CU

Paxton Malone scores for UNLV

Scrap, not a great one, on the ice

End of 1st Period – Game is tied 1-1

2nd Period

Zamboni issue – we’re in a delay….one Zamboni broke down, the second Zamboni needed water in its tank….however it is back onto the ice…..players are back onto the ice….

50 fans on the stream right now……

CU long blast goes in – Colorado takes 2-1 lead…..

Getting physical on the ice…

UNLV leads 4-2 near end of second period…

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CU broadcaster Chase Howell calling the game tonight

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FRIDAY FEB 28 FINAL SCORE
UNLV Rebels (21-13-1) 8
Colorado University 2
Colorado goalie – Grant Payne
UNLV goalie – David Anderson
Shots on Goal – UNLV 33-25

1st Period
UNLV goal – David Lenzin from Adam Nishino and Daniel Fisher
UNLV goal – Eric Williams from Paxton Malone and Jared Erickson

UNLV goal – Paxton Malone 20th from Bas Assaf
UNLV goal – Orion Linnehan from Sean Plonski, Kirk Underwood
2nd Period
UNLV goal – Daniel Fisher from Hunter Muzzillo, David Lenzin
UNLV goal – Jared Turcotte
3rd Period
UNLV goal – Jake Saxe – late-game powerplay goal from right side – from Jake Berry
UNLV goal – Jared Turcotte – his 2nd goal this game

Anderson stops breakaway shot in 3rd period
CU puts together a hard skating late-game attack run at Anderson
UNLV on powerplay with 4:40 left in the game
That is it – game is over…

CU had no broadcasters calling this game – we only saw the video

UNLV is down to its final regular-season game here Saturday night

Friday, Feb 28, 2020

Boulder, Colorado – This is it – the final two games of the regular season for the Anthony Greener-coached UNLV Rebels who take on ACHA D1 Colorado. The games will be at the Williams Village Recreational Center. Both of the games – Friday, Saturday nights – will begin 6 pm local time. After these games the field of 20 teams will be announced for the ACHA D1 Nationals.

Escondido, Ca. – The WSHL Las Vegas Thunderbirds will open a weekend series of games tonight on the road vs the San Diego Sabers here at the famous Iceoplex. Faceoff, 7:45 pm.

BREAKING NEWS – UNLV REBELS VS ARIZONA STATE – THURSDAY, MARCH 19 – ACHA D1 NATIONALS IN FRISCO, TEXAS

BREAKING NEWS – THE ANTHONY GREENER-COACHED UNLV REBELS HAVE QUALIFIED FOR THE ACHA NATIONALS FOR THE 4TH STRAIGHT TIME AND WILL TAKE ON ARIZONA STATE IN AN OPENING ROUND GAME ON MARCH 19 IN FRISCO, TEXAS.

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Thursday Flash Update
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Final Score
UNLV Rebels (20-13-1) 4
Colorado State 1

UNLV goal – Daniel Fisher (4th goal of season) from Jared Turcotte and Eric Williams

UNLV – Jake Saxe (14th) from Jayson Dimizio and Kirk Underwood

Third period

CSU breakaway shot high right

CSU net pressure

UNLV – Jake Saxe (15th) scores from left side – short-handed goal – from Kirk Underwood

UNLV – Paxton Malone (19th) short-range blast from Jake Saxe and Jayson Dimizio

Wild, frantic finish as CSU turns up the heat

UNLV goalie – David Anderson

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Flash Update – 

Rebels head coach Anthony Greener said “….this is a huge weekend for us. We stayed at number 13 in the ratings but we have to take care of business by winning all 3 of these road games to move up in the rankings. We need to to be really focused and buy into this weekend – we are beat up and hurt, but so is everyone else. We have to go to battle and get onto a win streak before The Nationals get underway.”

Special to Vegas Hockey

Fort Collins, Colorado – It’s Crunch Time for the Anthony Greener coached #13-ranked UNLV Rebels who close out the regular season with three road games this week in Colorado. These are ulta-important games for UNLV which is trying to heighten their national ranking. In order – UNLV opens the weekend on Thursday at Colorado State at the EPIC Arena in Fort Collins, Colorado, then go to Colorado University to finish the season with two games – the first on Friday, the second on Saturday night. The games at Colorado are at the Williams Village Rec Center. The Thursday game begins 8:30 pm local time.

UNLV’s top line will include Brendan Manning (10 goals), Jared Turcotte (7) and Paxton Malone (18). Bas Assaf and Eric Williams will be the top defensive pair. Star goalie David Anderson – 2.32 gaa, 90.6% save percentage – will start in Game One vs Colorado State on Thursday.

Team records:

UNLV Rebels are 19-13-1 overall; 4-7-1 overall on road

Colorado State is 7-16-1 overall; 7-10-1 on home ice (all wins at home)

http://csuhockey.pointstreaksites.com/view/csuhockey/

Colorado is 1-23-2 overall; 0-12-2 on home ice

http://cuhockey.pointstreaksites.com/view/uofc

After these games the ACHA D1 Final Rankings will be released – the Top 20 teams head to The Nationals.

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Meanwhile in other important updates…

After two games it was annnounced the Vegas Golden Knights have returned Gage Quinney to the AHL Chicago Wolves.

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Gage Quinney of Las Vegas got his first point – an assist – on the first goal of the game scored by Patrick Brown for the Vegas Golden Knights in a 6-5 OT road win over the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday.

In Austria, Las Vegas coach Rob Pallin and his HC TWK Innsbruck stunned the hometown Dorbirn Bulldogs 2-1 when Tyler Spurgeon scored in OT. That keeps coach Rob and HC TWK Innsbruck still alive in the playoffs.

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Special to Vegas Hockey

Big goal scorer Gage Quinney of Las Vegas who played much of his tier hockey at the Las Vegas Ice Center, was called up from the AHL Chicago Wolves. He was in action for the NHL Vegas Golden Knights tonight – Saturday. He had one shot on goal for the Golden Knights in a 5-3 win over the Florida Panthers.

Gage, 24, is listed at 5’11” and 185.

He last played in Las Vegas for an AAA Las Vegas Storm 18u team in 2012-13. He had 24 goals, 16 assists that season.

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Also on Saturday..

//Caleb Herbert, John Lammers, Miha Zajc and Joel Broda scored the first four goals as the Rob Pallin-coached HC TWK Innsbruck stayed alive in the Austria League playoffs with a 5-2 win over Fehervar AV19. Now coach Rob faces a ‘must win’ playoff game vs the Dorbirn Bulldogs to keep the season going.

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Joey Allegrini of Las Vegas had two goals for the NA3HL Atlanta Capitals in a big 6-0 win over the Louisana Drillers. Those were Joey’s 14th, 15th goals this season.

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WHAT A SEASON FOR VEGAS GOALIE LUKE FUNDATOR

Las Vegas goalie Luke Fundator won his 12th straight game while staying unbeaten for the NA3HL Sheridan Hawks in a 10-0 win over the Gillette Wild last night. Luke, 17, told the Sheridan Press newspaper “..every game I play my game and play it as hard as I can- and hopefully we come out with a good win and some good statistics as well.” Luke has a 12-0-0 record with a 2.25 gaa and a 92.1% save percentage. The team has three goalies and Luke is now the number two goalie on the club.

https://thesheridanpress.com/118306/gaining-experience-on-and-off-the-ice/

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No one has scored more goals this season than Fuzzy Atchison of Las Vegas and the AAA Arizona Bobcats 13u. Last weekend in Las Vegas Fuzzy had three goals, Jack Lackas had three and Chayse Laurie two as the Bobcats upset the AAA Dallas Jr Stars and the Colorado Thunderbirds before losing to eventual gold medal winner the legendary Burnaby Winter Club.

Sunday – Mikhail Gerasin Gets 2 Goals – His 15th, 16th – for the WSHL Las Vegas Thunderbirds in Tough 6-4 Loss to Ontario Avalanche

Sunday, March 1, 2020 – Big game goal scorer Mikail Gerasin of the WSHL Las Vegas Thunderbirds scored two goals – his 15th, 16th of the season – in a tough 6-4 loss on home ice against the Ontario Avalanche at the Sobe Ice Arena. The T-Birds, in their debut season, are now 26-20-2.

Mikhail, 18 , is having his best goal scoring season since he played youth hockey in Russia.

Final Score
Ontario Avalanche 6, Las Vegas Thunderbirds 4
Las Vegas goal – Mikail Gerasin 15th goal this season from Kiel Nance
Las Vegas goal – Egor Khomyakov 8th from Nikolas Sotiriou
Las Vegas goal – Nikolas Sotiriou 19th from Egor Khomyakov, Yevgeni Govorushko
Las Vegas goal – Mikhail Gerasin 16th goal

Ontario goalie – Romi Huuonan
Las Vegas goalie – Rhett Bruckner, Jesper Ahlberg

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Saturday, Feb 29, 2020

Escondido, Calif – The hometown WSHL San Diego Sabers had a strong start enroute to a 4-0 win over the Las Vegas Thunderbirds here at the famous Iceoplex Ice Arena.

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Friday, Feb 28, 2020

Final Score – San Diego Sabers 3, LV Thunderbirds 2

LV goal – Mikhail Gerasin
LV goal – Egor Khomyakov
LV goalie – Jesper Ahlberg

http://www.wshlstats.com/live_scoreboard.php

Saturday -The Final Home Game of the Season for the UNLV Rebels; Plus the ACHA D1 Weekend Scoreboard

Sunday ACHA D1 Scores
Lindenwood 3, Iowa State 2 — Lindenwood wins OT/Shootout 2-1

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Saturday ACHA D1 Scores
Villanova 8, Penn State Berks 4
Navy 9 Towson 2
Robert Morris Illinois 4, Illinois State 1

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Saturday, Feb 22, 2020

Final Score

Oakland 5, UNLV Rebels 2

UNLV goals
Tsalafos from Fisher
Turcotte from Malone

Special to Vegas Hockey

Las Vegas – This is it – the final home game of the season for the UNLV Rebels will be tonight 7 pm at the City National Arena.

This will also be the final home game for the great senior sharpshooter Jake Saxe who has 50 career goals in four seasons with the Rebels.  It is also the final home game for Tristan Mayer, an extremely hard worker on the ice with 39 career goals, and the very popular goalie Erik Eidissen from Sweden.

The Rebels will take on Top 25 ranked Oakland. Then next weekend UNLV will go onto the road and play Colorado State, then two games vs Colorado to close out the regular season.

Super Friday in Las Vegas – UNLV Beats Oakland 6-3; Las Vegas Thunderbirds Rocket to a Big 10-0 Win

Super Friday in Las Vegas

February 21, 2020

ACHA D1

City National Arena

Final Score

Oakland 3, UNLV Rebels 6

UNLV goals

UNLV – Paxton Malone from Jared Turcotte

UNLV – Paxton Malone from Jared Turcotte, John Moeller

UNLV – Jake Saxe from Hunter Muzzillo

UNLV – Jared Erickson from Angelos Tsalafos

UNLV – Jake Saxe from Hunter Muzzillo, Jake Berry

UNLV – Eric Williams from Paxton Malone, John Moeller – powerplay

UNLV goalie – David Anderson

UNLV Rebels raise season record to 19-12-1; 15-5-0 on home ice

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WSHL 

SoBe Ice Arena, Las Vegas 

Final Score

Valencia Flyers 0, Las Vegas Thunderbirds 10

Thunderbirds Scoring

Joe Terrana from Niklolas Sotiriou, Darion Conaway

Austen Kerridge from Joe Wheeler, Yvengeni Govorushko

Joe Wheeler from Austen Kerridge

John Macdonald from Joe Wheeler

Yvengeni Govorushko from John Macdonald

Anthony Rodriguez from Jerry Gus, Joe Wheeler

Austin Kerridge from Yvengeni Govorushko

Yevgeni Govorushko

Austen Kerridge from John Macdonald, Joe Wheeler

Austen Kerridege from Joe Wheeler

Thunderbirds goalie – Owen Kennedy

 

 

 

T-Birds Goalie Jesper Ahlberg Signs With Adrian College

Special to Vegas Hockey

Las Vegas – Goalie Jesper Ahlberg, who has a 94.0% save percentage this season with the WSHL Las Vegas Thunderbirds in their debut season, has signed with Adrian College in Michigan for next year. Jesper, 20, is from Sweden. He was a goalie for 16 games this season with the USPHL Florida Eels, then was signed by the T-Birds.

The Thunderbirds, 25-17-2, will play this weekend in a home weekend series against the Valencia Flyers. Game time Friday is 7 pm at the SoBe Ice Arena.

UNLV Rebels Coach Anthony Greener – ‘We’re Peaking at the Right Time”

Friday/Saturday – Oakland at UNLV Rebels, City National Arena, 7 pm

Special to Vegas Hockey

Las Vegas – With Top 20 ranked Oakland University invading City National Arena this weekend UNLV head coach Anthony Greener said he doesn’t plan any special tweaks or brand new blueprints for his players.

“We are peaking at the right time,” he said. “Everything is staying the same.

“Why try to fix something if it’s not broke.”

The two weekend games on Friday and Saturday nights close out the regular season for UNLV. After this weekend the field of 20 teams for the U.S. Nationals will be announced.

And, UNLV is coming off two explosive wins over Top 20 Arizona State here last weekend.

“We just need to continue doing the little things. We are playing good hockey right now. I am excited to see how we will respond to all of that this weekend,” coach Greener said.

FEB 26 BREAKING NEWS – UNLV KEEPS #13 SPOT IN NEW ACHA D1 RANKINGS

2019-2020 ACHA Men’s Division 1 Ranking #17

Rank

School Name

M1 Record

Previous

1

Adrian

25-2-0

1

2

Liberty

29-4-0

2

3

Lindenwood

23-7-0

3

4

Ohio

22-8-4

6

5

Minot State

15-4-3

5

6

Michigan-Dearborn

25-6-2

4

7

Stony Brook

20-9-1

9

8

Arizona

23-4-3

7

9

Indiana Tech

25-7-1

8

10

Central Oklahoma

26-9-2

12

11

Jamestown

20-5-0

11

12

Davenport

16-11-0

10

13

Nevada-Las Vegas

19-13-1

13

14

Drexel

25-2-5

15

15

Illinois

19-10-3

17

16

Calvin

15-5-2

14

17

Arizona State

23-9-1

20

18

Pittsburgh

26-4-0

18

19

Aquinas

22-10-2

16

20

Oklahoma

18-11-0

19

21

Robert Morris Illinois

17-14-4

22

22

Delaware

20-14-1

21

23

New York

10-12-2

25

24

Iowa State

18-15-3

23

25

Oakland

19-9-2

24