Friday, September 18, 2015
UNLV 3 STARS
#1 TERRY MARTIN
#2 TYLER WILSON
#3 TREY JOHNSON
#4 ETHAN MONTOYA
UNLV GOALIE TERRY MARTIN’S GREATEST GAME
By Lee Samuels
Las Vegas – Pucks rocketed from all directions and UNLV goalie Terry Martin, with a Reebok goalie stick his brother Trevor gave him a year ago, played his greatest game in a very tough 3-1 loss to powerful nationally-ranked Utah before a sold out crowd Friday night at the Las Vegas Ice Center.
It was a 1-1 game late when Utah scored to go ahead, then added an empty-net goal to win the game. It was the first game of the season for both teams.
Martin, who grew up in Canada initially came to UNLV to play roller hockey a few seasons ago, said it wasn’t just his effort which nearly shut down the waves of Utah forwards who crashed into his net area.
“It was our defensemen who did the work, making sure the Utah shots went to the outside of the net – either side of it,” said Martin.
He was talking about a Diamond Defense chalkboarded and installed by UNLV coaches Anthony Greener and Nick Robone. It’s a triangular shaped D which includes three UNLV players who set up close to the net to keep enemy forwards out of the hot scoring zone area.
It almost worked, but Utah’s relentless furious attack of four lines was too much. With the score tied 1-1 with 8:50 to play in the game, Utah’s Josh Dangel got deep inside and cut loose a low liner of a shot which blasted into the lower left corner.
That made it 2-1 Utah who later added an empty net goal it win it.
As coach Greener pointed out, Utah had plenty of high powered skaters.
“Four lines, all great and 10 healthy scratches,” he said. “They brought in 30 players.”
Utah is a national power, ranked #6 in the nation last year. They played in the ACHA D2 U.S. Nationals last winter.
UNLV, with new coaches and nearly a dozen new players, played hard in an action game which got super heated and took a physical twist as the game wore on. Two UNLV players – Ethan Montoya (cut on his neck) and Chris Wojtowitz (collarbone) had to leave the game. Both played very well during this game but are not expected to skate in game two here Saturday night.
From the Blue Line – The North Rink was jammed – the biggest crowd we have seen there with all seats taken in the bleachers and fans were wrapped tight around the rinkboards…Hockey dad Scott Zucker was there (“I read about the game on Vegashockey.net and had to see this one,” he said) as was long-time roller coach Oren Galor whose daughter Kendell is an UNLV athletic trainer and was on the bench..So many UNLV players had great games but no one blocked more shots than #7 Tyler Wilson, a very skilled, tough defenseman who performs at a high level in big games….Defensively, UNLV freshman and future star Ian Davis had a very strong game…UNLV’s freshman Ethan Montoya very, very solid in his play and will be a major force in future games…The Utah fans at the boards said their No. 1 most-hated rival is BYU with Utah State a close second. Utah vs BYU games are tremendously heated, like to the boiling point….The Ice Center parking lot was jammed with fans pouring in…There were long lines at the snack bar….After the game Utah players boarded a huge, gleaming 12-wheel team bus …Game two here is Saturday night 8:30 pm.
Las Vegas Ice Center
UNLV – Trevor Ruiz (1st goal) from Chris Jones
Shots on Goal
1st Period – Utah 19-4
2nd Period – Utah 16-8
3rd Period – Utah 13-5
Total – Utah 48-17
UNLV goalie – Terry Martin