Saturday, October 1, 2016

By Lee Samuels

Las Vegas – Who ever knew Weber State had a dark side to its game.

After getting beat twice by UNLV, Weber State turned up its physicality by about one thousand degrees with scorching hard hits, pileups, jumping on a UNLV player near their bench on Saturday night at the SoBe Ice Arena on North Rancho Drive.

It was rough and it was dirty and Weber State got out of town with a 3-2 win, the first team to beat UNLV this season.

UNLV came into the game short-handed. Star goalie Terry Martin had a hand messed up in the series of games last week in Utah. UNLV’s top goal scorer Dion Antisin, a powerful force on the ice, is listed as unavailable – for how long, we don’t really know.

Yet, UNLV again got a top effort from goalie Erik Eidissen from Sweden. Top defenseman Niklas Giers gave his usual 5-Star effort.  UNLV defenseman Steve Terry fired off his precision tape to tape passes. Cody Williams, one of UNLV’s all-time goal scorers, skated hard all night long.

But anyone close to either net got pounded, like real hard.

Before this series began UNLV head coach Anthony Greener said “Weber State is quick, skates real hard and finishes their checks.”

Boy did they ever….

From the Blue Line –  Nicklas Giers scored from the slot area for the first UNLV goal….Then on a power play Jake Saxe, on the right side of the Weber State net, fired off a shot which rebounded onto the stick of Axle Anderton who was in the high slot area on the left side. Axle launched a blue-streak low liner which scorched into the net to ignite the UNLV fans….UNLV is now 6-1-0…ASU is coming into town next week, the first game Friday night at the Las Vegas Ice Center (8:05 pm facebook), then on Sunday at the T-Mobile Arena (12:05 pm faceoff).

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Sunday, October 2 ACHA D2 Scores

Cal State Northridge 3, San Jose State 2

Utah State 12, Grand Canyon 0

Saturday, October 1 ACHA D2 Scores

Utah State 9, ASU 2

San Jose State 4, Cal State Northridge 4 OT/Tie

St. Francis Xavier 4, UCONN 3

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Friday, September 30 ACHA D2 Scores

Cal State Fullerton 7, Long Beach State 6

Denver 6, Wyoming 5