Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WSHL Las Vegas Storm Gabe Gauthier fired up his laptop and took one last hard look at the standings.

He just wanted to make sure….

Then he gathered his players, got onto the deep blue Storm team bus and headed to Fresno.

There was no way, Gabe said, the sixth-place San Diego Gulls could skitter past fifth-place Las Vegas in the standings no matter what happens in Fresno on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Which means, Las Vegas will be taking on the WSHL Ontario Avalanche in a three-game playoff series beginning March 6.

Las Vegas is travelling light to Fresno –  top goal scorer Beau Ricketts is listed as not available and another big goal scorer, Vincent Dekumbis – is injured and still out. Both will be back in the lineup for the playoffs.

“I did look at the standings and yes, we are locked in to play Ontario in the first round of the playoffs,” Gabe said. “So we are not in a desperation situation trying to get team points. 

“However, it’s a benchmark weekend of how we match up with a top team in the league,” he said.

The Fresno Monsters are 35-7-1 overall, 16-4-0 on home ice. Evan Ingram has 35 goals, Mike Nolan 34. Goalie Nathan Churchhill has a 1.94 gaa and a 91.9% save percentage.

They have a lot of swagger skating on home ice.

Like all division champions have.

From the Blue Line –  Las Vegas goalie Jaedon McConnell will get the start in Game One on Thursday night…These will be the final regular-season games of the season for both teams.