UNLV Rebels Playoff Update

Friday, February 24, 2017

ACHA D2 Western Regionals – Greeley, Colorado

Flash Score – First Period –  UNLV 2-2  

UNLV – powerplay goal by Dion Antisin one minute, four seconds into the game

UNLV –  Tristan Mayer scores – assists Viktor Brask, Niklas Giers

Metro State Denver scores – UNLV leads 2-1

Metro State Denver scores to tie game 2-2

End of First Period


Second Period

No scoring in second period


Third Period



Greeley, Colorado –  UNLV’s top line today will be Cody Williams, Tristan Mayer and Viktor Brask.  Defensemen Bas Assaf and Nicklas Giers are listed as starters. The goalie will be Alex Feese for UNLV which takes on Metro State Denver in a ACHA D2 Western Regional playoff game.


Live Updates – How ACHA D2 Teams Are Doing at the Western Regionals

ACHA D2 West Regional:
Greeley Ice Haus
900 8th Ave.
Greeley, Co. 80631
Contact: Ken Fikis 

Thursday, Feb. 23 – Final Score –  #9 San Diego State 11, #12 UCLA 3

Thursday, Feb. 23 – Final Score – #11 Metro State Denver 5, #10 Cal State Northridge 2

Friday, Feb 24 – Final Score –  #6 Denver 4, #7 Texas El-Paso 3

Friday, Feb 24 – Final Score  – #4 Utah State 6, #9 San Diego Jr Gulls 5 OT

Friday, Feb 24 – Second Period  – #11 Metro State Denver 2, #3 UNLV Rebels 2

UNLV goal – Dion Antisin

UNLV goal – Tristan Mayer


Friday, Feb 24, 9:00pm #5 Northern Colorado vs. #8 Weber State

Saturday, Feb 25, 10:00am, Second lowest remaining seed vs. Second highest remaining seed

Saturday, Feb 25, 1:00pm, Lowest remaining seed vs. Highest remaining seed

ECHL Alaska Aces Shutting Down Operations

Friday, February 24, 2017

Anchorage – In a stunning announcement the ECHL Alaska Aces – once a powerful force and one of the greatest rivals ever for the ECHL Las Vegas Wranglers – are shutting down operations after this season. The Aces management cited a drop of attendance over over 1,500 fans per game the last two seasons and a loss of $600,000 in corporate sponsorships due mostly to a loss to jobs in greater Alaska. For years the Aces have been playing home games at the Sullivan Arena.

There were many loyal Aces fans who used to travel to Las Vegas and ring cowbells when the Aces scored against the Las Vegas Wranglers at The Orleans Arena on Tropicana Avenue. Rob Murray is the long times Aces head coach.

Brenden Harris: 23 Goals, 75 Assists = 98 Points

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Langley BC – Brenden Harris of Las Vegas dealt two assists for the BCHL Wenatchee Wild in a 4-2 road win over the BCHL Langley Rivermen before 423 at the George Preston Arena. Brendan, listed at 5’9 and 171, raised his season totals to 23 goals, 75 assists for 98 points. He is the BCHL scoreking for this season. Wenatchee, coached by Bliss Littler, is 44-9-4 and will be the #1 seed in the upcoming BCHL playoffs. Wenatchee has one more regular season game to go vs Langley on Friday evening.

Flash Final from Long Beach

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Glacial Gardens, Lakewood Ca

Final Score



Las Vegas goal – Jean Christophe Lachapelle – 13th goal this season – (Melwin Thorsson, Jeffrey Morgan assists)

Las Vegas goal – Nikita Pintusov 37th (Isaiah Letendre, Sam Sykes)


Thursday WSHL Final Score

Valencia Flyers 6, San Diego Sabers 1

UNLV Rebels Looking for Historic Run at Western Regionals, Take on Metro State Denver on Friday

Friday, February 24, 2017

By Lee Samuels

The UNLV Rebels are looking to make a historic run at the ACHA D2 Western Regionals in Greeley Colorado and advance to the U.S. Nationals – going where no UNLV Rebels team, and there have been many great ones – have been before.

Game time is 4 pm local time.

UNLV needs two wins to advance. The Rebels, 28-7-0 and the top seed at the Western Regionals, take on Metro State Denver in their first game. Metro State eliminated a very good Cal Northridge team 5-2 on Thursday.

“We are ready to go. The boys are very excited,” UNLV head coach Anthony Greener reported during a team dinner on the eve of their first eliminator game.

UNLV was constructed to win this season as coaches Greener and Nick Robone worked hard in the off season and added two elite goalies in Erik Eidissen and Alex Feese and recruited and signed top defensemen including Niklas Giers who is one of the Rebels all-time d-men. With three goalies including Terry Martin and an elite defensive corps UNLV had a huge run and was ranked West #2 during much of the season.

Yet, bigtime teams like UNLV must win when it counts and all games here are eliminators.

Win, you move on. Lose, the season is over.


Let’s look at UNLV vs Metro State this season:

November 20 – UNLV 10, Metro State 1

January 16 – UNLV 5, Metro State 3


Here are Metro State’s last five games

5-8 to San Diego State

4-5 to Northern Colorado

0-5 to Northern Colorado

5-2 over Denver University

Western Regionals

5-2 over Cal State Northridge


Here is more on Metro State

Season Record 10-14-3

Home 3-8-2

Away 7-6-1


Metro State’s Top goal scorers

#6 Robert Valdez 14 goals

#7 Hunter Behrens 12

#13 Kevin Behrens 10


Metro State’s Best Goalie

#34 Austin Borchert 7-11-0, 3.79 gaa 88.4% save percentage



Zach Pochiro of Las Vegas Reports to the AHL Bakersfield Condors

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Zach Pochiro of Las Vegas

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Bakersfield –  Zach Pochiro of Las Vegas today reported to the AHL Bakersfield Condors. Zach began this season with the ECHL Norfolk Admirals where he had 4 goals, 20 assists. He 22 and listed at 6’1, 181.  Zach was a NHL draft pick in the 4th round by the NHL St. Louis Blues in 2013.  He now plays in the NHL Edmonton Oilers organization.

GM Jimmy Samuels: 4,000 Expected for ‘Border War’

Final Score – Kansas University scored three times in third period to beat Missouri 5-2 before a massive excited crowd.  At the end of the game Kansas U players raised the Border War Cup at center ice. KU finished its season with a best-ever record of 16-3-0.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Independence, Missouri – GM Jimmy Samuels of Las Vegas with the ACHA D3 Kansas University hockey club expects a crowd of “4,000 or more” for KU’s annual Border War with Missouri. It’s the biggest, most physical and most heated game for both teams of each season. The game will begins 7 pm local time at the Silverstein Eye Center Ice Arena.

Watch the Border War right here:



WSHL Las Vegas Storm Adjusts Roster, Gets Ready for Huge Series vs WSHL Long Beach Bombers

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Special to Vegashockey.net

The best-ever WSHL Las Vegas Storm club made some deadline roster moves to wire in for a big three-game road series against the Western Division leader Long Beach Bombers on Thursday night at the Glacial Gardens in Lakewood California.

Storm GM/Head coach Gabe Gauthier said Michael Behl, a forward from Minnesota, and Brandon Bell, a defenseman from Manitoba, have joined the team.

Ted Astrom, a big goal scorer, is still injured and not available this weekend.

Las Vegas has set a club record for most wins (22) and most goals (221). The top goal scorers include Nikita Pintusov with 36, Isaiah Letendre 29, Jeffery Morgan 28, Astrom, 20, Alex Roth 18 and Sam Sykes 17.

The three games will be on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

“Long Beach is big and strong. They have veteran players who make a difference,” Gauthier said, sizing up the 41-5-1 Bombers who are 20-1-0 on home ice at the Glacial Gardens.

From the Blue Line –  The Storm is down to its final six games in the regular season, then the playoffs get underway….The Storm is now in 6th place in the Western Standings meaning they would open the playoffs against the WSHL Ontario Avalanche.


Derek Sutliffe’s Greatest Collegiate Game – 3 Goals to Help St. Scholastica Advance in NCHA Playoffs

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Duluth, Minnesota – In a staggering performance Derek Sutliffe of Las Vegas scored all three goals for St. Scholastica-Minnesota in a 3-1 over Northland in a NCHA first-round playoff game before 695 at the Mars-Lakeview Arena. It was Derek’s greatest performance in a NCAA lll game. St. Scholastica advances to the next round and will take on the #4-ranked team in the nation St. Norbert in Wisconsin on Saturday. Derek, 24, has 11 goals, 10 goals this season. He played junior hockey with the BCHL Langley Rivermen. Derek is in his 4th season with St. Scholastica.