Friday, March 28, 2014

Gage Quinney, whose season just concluded with the WHL Prince Albert Raiders, will be home in Las Vegas today.  His hockey dad Ken, who coaches the very skilled Las Vegas Jr Wranglers bantam team, said the battle plan for Gage will be skating with Rob Pallin when he returns from Hungary in a couple of weeks.  “Skate, work out with best coaches,” Ken said.

The top line right now for the AA Las Vegas Jr Wranglers 18u is Mitchell Province, Ethan Montoya, Brandon Ladd who all wore bright green jerseys while blasting around the ice at practice last night at the SoBe Ice Arena. Logan Whitely, Steven Hoernicke and Chris Wojtowitz – who wore light blue jerseys at practice – will be a big scoring line too when the club heads out for the U.S. Nationals in Wayne, N.J.  The games will be April 2-6.  Las Vegas opens in his toughest game against the Utah Golden Eagles. Chase Smith and TJ Yocum are the Las Vegas goalies. Game two is against the Idaho Jr Steelheads and next is Team Wyoming.

The 18s skated the last couple of weeks in scrimmage games against some of the UNLV Rebels. Sam Braniff, one of the greatest Rebels goal scorers in club history, led the offensive attack for the Rebels.

And when was the last time 18s coach Anthony Greener pulled on the gear and skated in a midget-level tournament hockey.

“That was years ago when Rob Pallin was coach with the Las Vegas Rebels,” Greener said from the rink last night.

That was UNLV’s star goalie from a few years ago – Chris Tate – who walked into the SoBe Ice Arena last night to play in a men’s league game. We spotted UNLV grad Ryan Bowman there too with his hockey gear.

In the SoBe Pro Shop last night, Kyle Curry and Richie Crossley of UNLV said the best team – by far – they played all season was San Diego State.

Bet you didn’t know that 18s goalie TJ Yocum runs the 100 yard sprint and is on a number of sprint relay teams over at Faith Lutheran High School here in town.

For years, hockey dad Dave Hoernicke drove his son Steven to the big rink.

Not any more.

“Steven’s got his driver’s license now,” said one of the hockey dad on the north rinkboards.

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The ECHL Las Vegas Wranglers are down to their final four home games. Tonight, a three-game series begins with the powerful Alaska Aces, then the regular season finale against the Bakersfield Condors on Tuesday, April 1 at The Orleans Arena. From there, the Wranglers will go into the ECHL playoffs. Las Vegas should face either the Alaska Aces or the Ontario Reign in the first round.

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The BCHL in Canada is down to its Final 3 in playoffs which includes the Vernon Vipers and Michael McNicholas of Las Vegas. Tonight, Michael and the Vipers open a round-robin style series on the road against the Victoria Grizzlies.

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The No. 1 most-read story on Vegashockey.net yesterday was ‘My Greatest Goal – Micah Sanford.’

This morning, the most searched and viewed story is Joseph Kazupski Gets #4, #5 Goals