Monday, December 27, 2015
Chris Rial of Las Vegas had one goal, one assist for the SPHL Columbus Cottonmouths in a 3-0 win over the Huntsville Havoc on Saturday. Chris, listed at 6’5, 210, has 7 goals, 4 assists for Columbus which has a record of 9-9-4 in the Southern Professional Hockey League. The Cottonmouths play home games at the Columbus Civic Center in Georgia.
Sunday, December 27, 2015
Las Vegas – UNLV ticked upwards to #9 in the new ACHA D2 Western Rankings released this weekend. The Rebels, off to an awesome start with new coaches Anthony Greener and Nick Robone, were ranked West #10 in the first two ratings earlier this season. UNLV has a premier goalie in Terry Martin (90.3% save percentage) plus firepower in goal scorers Cody Williams (26 goals), Bryden Marsh (23) and Chris Jones (10).
The West’s Top 2 ranked teams in the final ratings will break off and proceed directly to the U.S. Nationals. Teams ranked #3 to #10 will go to the Western Regionals in February.
UNLV has eight games left on its 2015-16 schedule. The Rebels resume team workouts on January 4 to prepare for a three-game road trip to Texas on January 15-17. In order, UNLV will play Texas State, Texas A&M and Texas.
WESTERN ACHA D2 RATINGS
#1 ARIZONA STATE ELITE
#2 UTAH UNIVERSITY
#3 UTAH STATE
#5 ARIZONA STATE MAROON
#6 WEBER STATE
#7 MONTANA TECH
#8 NORTHERN COLORADO
#10 BOISE STATE
#12 LONG BEACH STATE
Saturday, December 26, 2015
St. Paul, Minnesota – Jason Zucker of Las Vegas scored from the left circle for the NHL Minnesota Wild in a 3-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins before a sold out crowd of 19,234 at the Xcel Energy Center. It was Jason’s 9th goal of the season. Sidney Crosby had one goal and dealt one assist for the Penguins.
Also on Saturday night:
//Chris Francis of Las Vegas scored one of his biggest goals of the season to help the Rob Pallin-coached Sapa Fehervar AV19 beat first-place Linz, 4-1, before a sold out hometown crowd. Sapa Fehervr AV19, which is in a playoff spot, raised its record to 17-14-4. Chris now has 9 goals, 12 assists for 21 points.
//The ECHL Indy Fuel broke open a very tight game scoring three times in the third period to beat Zach Pochiro of Las Vegas and the Quad City Mallards 4-1 before 6591 at the iWireless Center in Moline, Illinois
Voting Deadline is midnight pacific December 30
Major Awards will be announced New Year’s Eve
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Las Vegas – We are down to our final hours to vote for the 2015 Vegas Hockey Awards. It’s easy to vote for your favorite hometown player, coach, or hockey person. NHL Minnesota Wild goal scorer Jason Zucker of Las Vegas has won awards here for 12 straight seasons – a record for any player. Larry Sanford was a Seven Time Roller Coach of the Year and Rob Pallin, now coaching in Hungary, was a Six Time Coach of the Year. Gabe Gauthier, Matt Johnson, Micah Sanford, Evan Zucker, Ken Quinney, Anthony Greener and Nick Robone plus Adam Tamura with the nationally ranked UNLV Rebels roller team are among the top coaches in town. There are All Heart Awards, named after skater Spike Neely who gave it his all every shift no matter what the score when he played for the AA Las Vegas Mustangs from 1999-2001, on every level of play. You can vote here on Vegashockey.net or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, December 26, 2015
St. Paul, Minnesota – Jason Zucker of Las Vegas and the NHL Minnesota Wild will return to action tonight and will need to deal with Sidney Crosby, Evegeni Malkin and Phil Kessel of the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Xcel Energy Center. Jason has 8 goals, 8 assists this season and 37 goals in his NHL career. The Penguins have a new coach Mike Sullivan. Crosby is dealing with a lower body injury but it appears he may skate tonight. Minnesota is 18-9-6 overall, Pittsburgh 16-14-3.
Also on Saturday night Zach Pochiro of Las Vegas and the ECHL Quad City Mallards will be on home ice in Moline, Illinois against the Indy Fuel. Zach, drafted by the NHL St. Louis Blues, was assigned to Quad City. He has 6 goals, 9 assists. Quad City is an ECHL division leader with a record of 15-10-1; the Indy Fuel is 11-15-2.
Elsewhere this weekend…
In two Sunday games Gage Quinney of Las Vegas and the WHL Kamloops Blazers and his younger brother Landon with the WHL Moose Jaw Warriors will return from the Christmas break.
Gage, with 15 goals and 24 assists for 39 points, and Kamloops take on the #1 club Kelowna Rockets. Gage began the season with Kelowna, then was traded after five games to Kamloops. Gage is one of the best goal scorers in the WHL. Kelowna is 25-9-1; Kamloops, coached by the famous Don Hay, is 17-11-3. Gage is an amazing +26 on the ice this season. He has 4 short-handed goals. He is the #1 leader in goals and assists among all Las Vegas players away from home this season.
Landon Quinney is in his first WHL season with the Moose Jaw Warriors who are 17-12-4 and are in a road game Sunday against the Swift Current Broncos, 10-20-3. Landon starts practically every game for Moose Jaw. He has 3 goals, 7 assists. It will be brutally cold – minus 22 degrees – outside the rink doors when the game gets underway.
Thursday, December 25, 2015
On Christmas Eve we have readers from all parts of the USA, Canada, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Ireland and Switzerland – Lee
Thursday, December 24, 2015
Las Vegas coach Rob Pallin called on Christmas Eve from Hungary where he is head coach of Sapa Fehervar AV19. He follows all of the Las Vegas hometown teams and players here on Vegashockey.net.
“We are 16-14-4, in a playoff spot at 8th place. Chris Francis (from Las Vegas) is playing well for our team. We have a big game the day after Christmas, December 26, against the #1 team Linz.
“Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of our friends back home,” he said.
Thursday, December 24, 2015
Las Vegas goalie Chase Smith began this season with the Philadelphia Jr Flyers junior hockey club, then was injured and had hip surgery on November 6.
His hockey mom Erin emailed today “…Chase is doing well and getting stronger everyday. Physical therapy is is going faster and better than expected so hopefully he will have skates on in March. He is home for about a month for the holidays. Chase is looking for a new computer from Santa.
“Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of our friends in Las Vegas!”
Thursday, December 24, 2105
Las Vegas – Kenny Brooks of Penn State and Joe Sullivan of St. Lawrence University are Las Vegas players skating on Top 20 ranked NCAA Division One teams. Kenny is a senior with 5 goals, 11 assists for 16 points. Joe is a sophomore with 4 goals, 5 assists for 9 points.
Kenny Brooks – #14 ranked Penn State, 11-2-3
Joe Sullivan – #15 ranked St. Lawrence, 10-5-2