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Big goal scorer Jeffery Morgan on the prowl for the WSHL Las Vegas Storm

 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

WSHL Playoffs

Glacial Gardens – Lakewood, California

Friday – Las Vegas Storm at Long Beach Bombers 7:15 pm

Saturday – Las Vegas Storm at Long Beach Bombers 5 pm

Sunday – Las Vegas Storm at Long Beach Bombers 1:30 pm

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By Lee Samuels

This is it. It doesn’t get any bigger.

Head coach Gabe Gauthier and his WSHL Las Vegas Storm are heading out to take on one of the great ones – the mighty WSHL Long Beach Bombers – in a Best of Three playoff series at the historic Glacial Gardens in Lakewood, California.

Win these games and Las Vegas advances.

Lose, the season is over.

And Las Vegas is taking on a team which is 25-1 on home ice this season.

But Gauthier is sending in his best Las Vegas team  ever – 29-22-5 overall – while setting a record for most goals and also for getting their first wins in playoffs in those two wins over the Fresno Monsters last weekend.

Las Vegas has plenty of firepower as Nikita Pintusov has a team-record 46 goals, Jeffery Morgan 34 goals, Isaiah Letendre 32, Ted Astrom 24, Jean-Christophe Lachapelle 21 and Sam Sykes 21. Melwin Thorsson is a tremendous dynamic skater with awesome speed and can be a game-changer. He’s that good.

Las Vegas Storm goalie Spencer Kozlowski plays best in the biggest of games. Defensively Nick Peck can be as rough as anyone in the league and All Heart Jake McKenna will be going into his club-record 151st game on Friday evening.

All of this is good. And there is a nice trendline showing the scores got tighter between these two teams later this season.

Long Beach Bombers vs Las Vegas Storm:

At Glacial Gardens Lakewood

Long Beach 10, Las Vegas 2

Long Beach 6, Las Vegas 0

Long Beach 4, Las Vegas 3

At Las Vegas Ice Center

Long Beach 8, Las Vegas 2

Long Beach 5, Las Vegas 3

Long Beach 4, Las Vegas 3

Historically, playoff scores are much lower than games played in the regular season.

“The Bombers are one of the best teams in the league with skilled and veteran players,” Gauthier said. “We had a good week going over some of their tendencies they have offensively and defensively.

“In practice the key was to keep upbeat at all times.”

There were hours of studying video too.

Gauthier said opposing team video is “viewable on a league database.”

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Hometown Las Vegas players skating for the Storm this weekend include Seth Bergeron, Brenden Fehlig, Jake McKenna and Kyle Molony.