Saturday, December 29, 2018

“Disciplined hockey is winning hockey.” — Wally LaCroix, head coach, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u.

By Lee Samuels

Las Vegas – The Wally Lacroix-coached AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights took a ride to the Sunday gold medal the hard way here at City National Arena last night.  Vegas won 2-0 after fending off a physical showdown against the AA Utah Golden Eagles 16u who had a very crowded penalty box during this ultra-heated game.

The win for the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u gives them a 3-0-0 record here during this super-chilled weekend and guess what – a rematch with the very same Utah Golden Eagles will be right here on Sunday 11:35 am.

The winner gets gold — the Vegas Confetti Tournament gold medal.

Vegas goalie Zackary Ortolano, who had two shutouts in this tournament, didn’t get caught up in the hurricane of physical activity at center ice and in those dark corners of the arena. And neither did Vegas goal scorers William Jacob and JJ Williamson who zoomed around the big ice arena.

The LaCroix-coached Jr Golden Knights have a certain blueprint to set up their defensive schemes and offensively as well on their precise attack runs. And all of this good stuff is happening without two of the Jr Golden Knights top players including star defenseman Trent Carter who is not available this weekend.

From the Blue Line – Somehow, someway Ortolano kept his temperature on low flame while hot physical action took place pretty close to the net…Your best players – like Vegas goal scorer Ian Williams – play best in the biggest of games and Ian did all of that….Vegas defensemen Sean Kedra and Ethan Parsons sure worked well together – they were awesome to track during the game while moving high-speed pucks to their forwards on outside lanes…..If you take your time and watch carefully, LaCroix has a defensive system which totally protects the net – take a hard look where his defensemen and other key players are stationed during the big Gold Medal game here Sunday…Maybe it’s just me – but the officiating in all of these games has been great – not sure who to thank….