Saturday, Feb 9, 2019

By Bethany Drysdale

Las Vegas – One word to sum up this Saturday afternoon game between the #6 Arizona Wildcats and the #10 UNLV Skatin’ Rebels would have to be PASSIONATE. The Rebels played with all heart and it paid off with a huge victory in front of a sold out home crowd. From the first faceoff win, to the puck possession, shots on goal, power plays and speed, it was all Rebels, all day.

Scoring first for the Rebels was Bryce Woodward. Putting on some Karlsson-esqe moves, Woodward put the puck 5 hole, scoring 1:27 into the 1st period, assisted by Cody Williams. Forward Jordan Rea has been seeing more ice times this semester and played a key part in the Rebel forecheck. Even short-handed, the Rebels were trying to make things happen. Jared Turcotte tried for a short-handed goal, barely missing up high. Then it was the nearly 6 minutes of Rebel power plays, as Arizona watched from the penalty box. Back to even strength, Arizona took advantage of a neutral zone turnover to even the score at 1-1 just before the end of the 1st period.

The second period began with a 4 on 4 carried over penalty for each team. Tommy Harrison played excellent defense, keeping the puck in play, and away from the Wildcats. Full strength did not last long, as both teams managed offsetting 2 minute minors. D’Andre John added his name to the score sheet with a nice centering pass, getting assists from Cody Williams and Joe Kaszupski. Shortly after this goal, both teams went at it for a few punches, giving the referees a mess to sort out. UNLV’s John Moeller was ejected, given a game misconduct penalty too. Fired up and back in action, D’Andre John scored his second of the night, bringing the score 3-1 in favor of the Rebels. He was assisted by Eric Williams. With the crowd fully into the game, our Lucas started a “Let’s Go Rebels” chant that echoed through City National. The end of the second period produced more penalties and a Wildcat player ejected for a game misconduct.

The third period began the same way as the second, with a 4 on 4 carried over penalty. Once over, the full strength play was short lived, as Arizona found themselves down a man, once again, for back to back penalties. It was during a 5 on 3 power play that Eric Williams buried his own rebound in the back of the net to put the score up 4-1. Assisted by Pax Malone and Kameron Fink, the Rebels were in control of the game from here on. Arizona’s head coach was also sent off for a game misconduct. The Rebels were on a penalty kill, when Arizona scored their second of the game, bringing the score 4-2 in favor of the Rebels. Despite more Wildcat penalties, the Rebels kept their heads in the game and finished strong, winning against a ranked opponent.

To see this action in person, the Rebels have 3 more home games remaining, Feb 14, 15, and 16 at 7:30 pm each night. Come out and see the guys before they take their game to Nationals in Dallas, Texas.

UNLV goals

Bryce Woodward 6th goal of the season (Cody Williams assist)

D’Andre John 5th (Cody Williams, Joseph Kaszupski assists)

D’Andre John 6th

Eric Williams 6th (Paxton Malone, Kameron Fink assists)

UNLV goalie – Ben Giesbrecht 11-2-0, 2.00 gaa, 90.2% save percentage

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Reporter Bethany Drysdale was voted Best Writer by readers here on Vegas Hockey