Thursday, December 8, 2018

By Bethany Drysdale

Jamestown, N.D. – The #16-ranked UNLV Rebels traveled here to face the #10 ranked Jamestown Jimmies who came into the game 6-2-1. From the start of the game, it was all UNLV with their physical play and speed, taking the early shots against Jimmies goalie Tyson Brouwer. UNLV’s Kameron Fink and D’Andre John had good looks early but could not find the back of the net. Cody Williams of UNLV had a beautiful shot kicked away from the goal within the first five minutes of this game. It was Pax Malone who hit pay dirt first, up high with John Moeller getting the assist.

Starting UNLV goaltender Jesse Gordichuk faced a series of shots but stood solid, keeping the Jimmies scoreless in the first period. Zach Lawson of UNLV went to the penalty box 11 minutes into the game for tripping but the UNLV penalty kill was effective. Towards the end of the period Eric Williams of UNLV put one off the post just before the end of the first period. However the end of the first period did not end the action of the ice. The officials sorted out fights and a game misconduct. When it was cleared, Jimmies senior Cole Sonstebo was ejected for the remainder of the game. UNLV forward D’Andre John was also send off for the rest of the game.

The second period began with a 4 on 4, with Jamestown scoring in the first 30 seconds. Cole McKechney got the point with Garret Browning getting the assist.  UNLV played three more minutes on a power play. Eric Williams of UNLV stood in the slot, shooting and scoring his third goal of the year. Keeping the advantage for most the second period UNLV controlled the tempo of the game. Pax Malone had a fast shot off the crossbar but not to be denied of his prize. Pax came back down the ice with a wraparound pass to Trevor Pereverzoff who scored the third Rebel goal of the night. Jared Turcotte of UNLV went to the box at the end of the second period.

Starting the third period on a penalty kill, UNLV went right back to work, controlling the neutral zone and keeping the Jimmies to just two shots on goal. The physical dominance of the Rebels got stronger in the third period. As the Jimmies took penalties the Rebels made them pay by scoring an odd man rush by Jonah Pearson, assisted by Jordan Rea. Quickly striking again at the 8:59 mark Andrew Marshall of UNLV finished a rebound that was from a shot by teammate Jake Saxe – making the score five goals to one in favor of the Rebels.  The penalty box was kept warm again by both sides throughout the third period. Controlling the puck John Moeller scored the sixth goal during a power play. In the end it was UNLV winning 6-1, their third win in a row and improving to 9-2-0 on the season.

UNLV’s next game is Friday night at Minot State. Follow @UNLVRebels for live scores and a link to their broadcast.

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UNLV Goals in order – Paxton Malone (6th goal this season), Eric Williams (4th), Trevor Pereverzoff (1st) Jonah Pearson (3rd), Andrew Marshall (1st), John Moeller (4th)

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