Friday, February 10, 2017

By Lee Samuels

Las Vegas –  There he was UNLV goalie Erik Eidissen standing tall in front of the Rebels net facing all kinds of stormy weather – like intense Cal State Northridge players who were pushing, shoving, stick-fighting and making it real stormy in the shark waters of his net area.

Eidissen battled back, got his 3rd shutout of the season as the UNLV Rebels – the best Rebels team there has ever been – beat Cal State Northridge 5-0 in front of a very large crowd including a massive number of UNLV students who liked what winning is all about for the home team.

It was the third shutout this season for Eidissen, a 22 year old goalie from Upplands, Vasby, Sweden. He has a 12-5-0 record with a 2.45 gaa which is excellent arithmetic.

UNLV is 27-7-0 overall, 16-1-0 on home ice which include the friendly confines of the SoBe Ice Arena on North Rancho Drive.

It was obvious early that the West #2 ranked Rebels had more skilled players than the visiting team. Yet West #11 ranked Cal State Northridge gritted it out and fought the fight for all three entertaining periods.

The turning point was on UNLV’s second goal when the Rebels Trevor Ruiz launched a very long pass to a breakaway teammate Steven Scamorza who blazed towards the Cal State Northridge net and fired a shot and scored. It was fast, effective, dramatic and brought the big crowd to its feet cheering.

On Saturday night UNLV will close its regular season against Cal State Northridge here at the SoBe. Graduating goalie Terry Martin, the biggest star goalie the Rebels have ever had, will get the start in his final appearance in a regular season game.

UNLV scoring

UNLV – Jake Saxe 27th (Dion Antisin assist)

UNLV – Steven Scamorza 12th (Trevor Ruiz)

UNLV – Viktor Brask 24th (Tristan Mayer)

UNLV – Steven Terry 4th (Tristan Mayer)

UNLV – Dion Antisin 27th (Nicklas Giers, Trevor Ruiz)

UNLV goalie – Erik Eidissen 12-5-0, 2.45 gaa, 91.5% save percentage