Monday, March 24, 2014

Las Vegas – Mitchell Province of Las Vegas barrelled fast down the right lane at Crystal Palace roller rink last night. He turned it on, all of the burners flaming yellow, red and blue sparks and straight ahead in his direct path was big defenseman Ian Davis.  Somewhere imaginary red warning lights turned on, sirens sounded, anxious rinkboard folks got closer to the boards.

At the very last second Ian skated to his right, letting Mitchell pass through.

Wow, that was close.

Ian, wearing a red Tour Rebel jersey with a white number 30 on it, laughed it off.

“Wasn’t going to touch him,” he said later.

The two are teammates for the AA Las Vegas Jr Wranglers 18u ice hockey club which is about to leave for the U.S. Nationals in Wayne, N.Y.

On the ice, they are teammates.

On Monday nights, they war against each other in roller. Mitchell is the big scorer for the Snipers.  Ian, an imposing player, skates for Venom.

Ian’s team won something like 15-6. While skating off the floor, he turned to Mitchell and said “…that’s 10 wins in a row.”

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It was Awards Night for the Venom and Snipers in the 15 to 18 year old division.  The Venom’s Alex Wilson, who jets about and then angles hard to the net to score a lot of goals, was named MVP.  Mitchell got the trophy for High Scorer.  Ian got the Playmaker Award.

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That was the graceful Paige Nowag, who goes to Northwestern H.S. in Las Vegas, who was back on the roller floor with the Venom. Weeks ago she collided with her friend Kimmie Zucker in a game and wrenched her left ankle area. She wore a walking boot for what seemed for weeks. Last night she played very well and after the game, she and her hockey family talked hockey while eating at Wendy’s on North Rancho Drive.

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After the games were over Alex Wilson’s little sister Jordyn – a gymnast – went onto the wood roller floor and did cartwheels from one end of the rink to the other.

Everyone got excited, then someone told rink manager David Sanford.

He went into his office rooting around for a trophy.

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Hockey dad Rich Samuels, who for years was the webmaster of Vegas Hockey, was at the boards to watch his son Jimmy skate for the Snipers….The referee was Chris Raveling who has been in some huge UNLV roller games this season. He is about to skate with the Rebels at the NCAA Division One U.S. Nationals.

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