Thursday, March 8, 2018
By Lee Samuels
Columbus, Ohio – Star goalie Ben Giesbrecht will get the start for the UNLV Rebels who take on #20-seed Drexel University in their opening game Thursday at the ACHA D1 Nationals. Giesbrecht is a premier goalie with a record of 10-4-0, 2.21 gaaa and a 91.6% save percentage.
Giesbrecht, 21, is from Vancouver. He is listed at 6’1, 220. He played previously with the AJHL Olds Grizzlys in Olds, Alberta, Canada. He played in 67 games in two seasons as a starting goalie with Olds Grizzlys.
UNLV in its debut season in ACHA D1 went 21-9-0 during the regular season to get a #13 seed in the 20-team Nationals. Minot State, a team UNLV beat during the regular season, is the #1 seed.
Faceoff for UNLV’s opening game here is 2:15 pm local time.
The winner of UNLV vs Drexel will take on #4 seed Ohio University.
The games this week will be played at the Ohio Health Chiller Rinks.
Here is how UNLV will line up on the ice against Drexel
UNLV Starting Lines
Kameron Fink, Elijiah Barriga, Cody Williams
Jake Saxe, Joseph Kaszupski, Sheldon Brett
Zach Lawson, Tristan Mayer, Viktor Brask
Colby Daniels, Jonah Pearson, Colin Robin
Bas Assaf, Chase Torontow
Jonas Gordon, Connor Hetzel
Trevor Ruiz, Sean Plonski, Zach Lawson
ACHA D1 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
2000 – Penn State
2001 – Penn State
2002 – Penn State
2003 – Penn State
2004 – Ohio University
2005 – Illinois
2006 – Rhode Island
2007 – Oakland
2008 – Illinois
2009 – Lindenwood
2010 – Lindenwood
2011 – Davenport
2012 – Delaware
2013 – Minot State – North Dakota
2014 – Arizona State
2015 – Central Oklahoma
2016 – Lindenwood
2017 – Central Oklahoma