Saturday, March 24, 2018

By Lee Samuels

Las Vegas – When it was over – a 16-4 win for the Las Vegas Cavalry, big goal scorer Cody Milligan was in the City National Arena lobby leaning on his hockey stick when a little one – maybe six or seven years old – asked him “can you give me your hockey stick.”

“Sure,” Cody said as he handed the stick to him. 

“I learned that from playing with the (NAHL) Corpus Christi IceRays, to always promote the sport of hockey. If he wants my hockey stick, I will gladly give it to him,” said Milligan after he scored 4 times from a variety of distances while teammate Richard Prekop had four goals as well.

Milligan, 24, is out of junior hockey where he was such a star player and is now a big, composed scorer for the Adam Stio-coached Las Vegas Cavalry in the Mountain West League. Cody made goal scoring look easy against the Orange County Checkers who came to the City National Arena with a party of eight players and two goalies.

Orange County Checkers coach Tom Brown said “Eleven of our players are either Marines or U.S. sailors,” he said. “They had mandatory manuvers and training exercises and were not available to play. When you are a coach you work with the hand that is dealt to you. We did the best we could.”

The season ended for both teams in this game. 

“We finished 10-10-0 in our first season. Very, very happy with that,” Stio said as the Cavalry players crowded together and posed for a team photo in the arena lobby area.

Las Vegas goal scorer Spencer Poscente just finished playing for the USPHL Atlanta Knights. He started in this game and scored his first goal for the Cavalry.

“Now my focus will be going to college and playing hockey there,” Spencer said.

From the Blue Line – OC Coach Tom Brown “teams such as the ones in Vail and Breckenridge are now getting 1,500 or so at home games.”….The Orange County Checkers play their home games at the historic Iceoplex in Escondido, California….

Great game – again – for Las Vegas defenseman Richie Crossley who played such a composed style during the most maddening situations on the ice…Kody Holmes had a great blast-like skate -like he always seems to have for the Cavalry…

Cody Milligan mentioned his first tier hockey coaches in Las Vegas were Pokey Reddick, Micah Sanford when he played for the 2009-10 AAA Nevada Stars at the Las Vegas Ice Center….

Richard Prekop of Las Vegas is just 22. He played earlier with the WSHL Las Vegas Storm here in town at the Ice Center and two seasons with the South Muskoka Shield in the Greater Metro Jr A League. He has a smooth way of angling towards the net and then lasering  goal-scoring shots.

Las Vegas hockey dad Steve Poscente was the game announcer and he did it so professionally great.

The Cavalry swept the weekend series winning here 5-2 on Friday night.

Mountain West League playoff games will be here at the City National Arena in early May….Outside of the City National Arena after the game it was very cold, windy….

Las Vegas goals – Cody Milligan 4, Richard Prekop 4, John Albanese 2, Justin Battaglia 2, Tyler Bush 1, Kody Holmes 1, Spencer Poscente 1, Zack Smith 1

Las Vegas goalie – Kenny Miller