Saturday, September 23, 2017

Special to Vegashockey.net

Las Vegas – In a high tension game with ultra heat Cody Williams – the massively great goal scorer for UNLV – hammered in a game-breaker goal late in the third period to help UNLV hold off and defeat a rough Colorado University team at the City National Arena on Saturday

It was a game UNLV dearly wanted to win, having lost to Colorado on Friday night.

Cody’s goal – the 73rd of his career with UNLV – was on a powerplay and helped give the Rebels a 3-1 with 2:46 left in the game.  Colorado came back to score to tighten it but UNLV’s star goalie Ben Giesbrecht held off late-game rushes to save the game.

Cody Williams, listed at 5’6, 150, is a hometown Las Vegas player who takes daring on-net rushes with the puck. Giesbrecht, 20, is a 6’1 210 lb goalie from Vancouver. He last played two seasons with AJHL Olds Grizzlys.

Elijiah Barriga and Mathew Painchaud scored earlier for UNLV which raised its record to 3-1-0 in its first season in ACHA D1.

“Gritty hard-nosed win,” said Anthony Greener, head coach UNLV. “Cody’s goal was a set play we run and he happened to get the rebound off a Kuzy (Joseph Kaszupski) shot and Cody finished it. Me, I was glad to see the powerplay was moving the puck the way we did. And Cody? He was solid again.”

UNLV scoring

UNLV – Matthew Painchaud

UNLV – Elijiah Barriga (assist – Riley Williams)

UNLV – Cody Williams (assist – Joseph Kaszupski)

UNLV goalie – Ben Giesbrecht (3-1-0 this season)

Shots on goal – Colorado 26, UNLV 19