Friday Final Score – UNLV 8, Utah 0 at City National Arena Las Vegas

//UNLV’s premier goalie Ben Giesbrecht got the shutout win in this game.

UNLV head coach Anthony Greener said “Overall I think this was the best we have been on the ice all season. Cody Williams and Kuzy (Joseph Kaszupski) played their hearts out. Words cannot express how proud I am of our team – Happy we could win for Nick and the City of Las Vegas.” UNLV, ranked 15th nationally in their first season in ACHA D1, had more shots 32-14. The Rebels were driven to win for their assistant coach Nick Robone. This was a monster-like Rebels performance on their biggest stage since the program was launched years ago

Next Game:

Saturday, October 7 – Utah University at UNLV, City National Arena, 7:30 pm

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By Bob Wright

Las Vegas – It’s been a tragic week for sure. UNLV assistant hockey coach Nick Robone is hospitalized, a victim of the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival across from Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.

Which is why the UNLV games vs Utah University here on Friday and Saturday nights are such a focal point – and not just for the game of hockey.

“We know why we are playing these games this weekend. There should be a packed arena to show support for (coach) Nick Robone,” said UNLV Anthony Greener.

The Utah vs UNLV games will be at the City National Arena on Friday and Saturday nights at the City National Arena at 7:30 pm each game.

Greener and Robone are best friends. They were both at the Festival when the rapid-fire shooting started. Nick was also with his brother Anthony, a paramedic, and long-time Las Vegas roller star Billy Tufano.

In the madness at the Festival on Sunday night Nick turned to his friends and said  “I’ve been shot.” He felt searing pain in his chest area and blood suddenly came out of his mouth. Anthony worked on stopping the blood flow. Together the frightened three desperately searched for help and moved Nick towards a Las Vegas police patrol car and then to another larger vehicle for transportation to a medical center. There Nick was taken in for life-saving surgery at 2 am.

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Since being in the hospital Nick has gotten a lot of visitors – legendary roller hockey coach Larry Sanford, his son the Las Vegas scoreking Micah Sanford and many, many others. The Las Vegas hockey community is very close and has always helped those in need. Nick knows who his visitors are but knows he has a lot of medical care ahead of him. His father, Tony, and family have been with Nick in his hospital room.  

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So the UNLV players plan to rally for their Coach Nick this weekend. It was Anthony and Nick who helped construct the power that UNLV appears to be in their first season of ACHA D1 – a 3-1-0 record and a #15 national ranking.

And Big Ben Giesbrecht, all 6’1, 220 of him, of Vancouver BC will be in the net for UNLV in the Friday night game. Ben has started every game this season for UNLV.

“It was Nick and I who heard about Ben last season when we contacted his head coach. Ben’s skill level in the net is at the top of what we’ve seen. Ben has such a great work ethic.”

Greener paused for a moment.

It was quiet time.

“But these games against Utah are for Nick,” Greener said.

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A Ceremony to honor coach Nick will be held 7 pm Friday just before UNLV takes on Utah at City National Arena

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UTAH Scores  (2-3-1)

1-0 over Weber State

5-4 over Utah State

1-4 to Eastern Michigan

1-8 to Colorado

4-3 over Colorado State

0-8 to UNLV

UNLV SCORES (4-1-0)

National Ranking:  ACHA D1 #15

3-1 over Arizona State

3-2 over Arizona State

0-3 to Colorado

3-2 over Colorado

8-0 over Utah