Saturday, February 15, 2019

By Bethany Drysdale

Las Vegas – Game Two of the final homestand for the #11 UNLV Rebels put them head to head against the University of Jamestown. Their last meeting was on November 8, with the Rebels winning 6-1 in South Dakota. Tonight the Rebels looked good, not only in their new sweaters but their game play was more like we expect to see from this group of athletes. Getting the start for the second game in a row was goalie Ben Giesbrecht. An early power play got them going in the right direction. Jared Turcotte scored the first goal of the game with 11 minutes left in the 1st, assisted by D’Andre John.

A loose puck in front of the Jimmies net was centered and shot top side by Turcotte. Captain and senior Cody Williams gained control of a turnover in the neutral zone and tried a shot on goal but caught by Jimmies goalie Tyson Brouwer. With 8:05 left in the first, a cross crease pass in front of Giesbrecht was tipped in by the Jimmies tying the game 1-1. At the end of one UNLV dominated the shots on goal 14-4.

Still struggling to score on the power play, UNLV could not take advantage of Jamestown penalties. Two minutes into the second, Dylan Haney scored the Jimmies second goal as he settled a puck in slot and put it over Giesbrecht’s shoulder. The Rebels Zach Lawson scored on a centering, cross ice pass from Jordan Rea to tie the game 2-2 five minutes into the second period. UNLV was given two more power play opportunities to go up on the Jimmies but much like yesterday the goals were not happening. At the end of two the Rebels were clearly winning the shots on goal at 25 to the Jimmies 13. 

Neither team dominated the third period. Keeping the puck in the offensive zone was not the problem for the Rebels, it was the strong goaltending effort from Jamestown’s Brouwer. Registering more shots on goal each period, the Rebels were determined to win. The Rebels were winning the faceoffs throughout the game. With 3:42 left in the game, the Rebels went onto a power play and called timeout to set up their scoring chances but could not find the back of the net. With 34 shots on goal at the end of the third the Rebels were clearly putting the puck on target, but not getting the number where it matters the most. The Jimmies ended the third with only 19 total shots on goal for the game. Tied 2-2, the game went into overtime to determine the winner. With 3 on 3, Cameron Todd found a lane through the Rebels defense and scored the winning goal between the legs of Giesbrecht, with the final score 3-2 Jimmies.

Tomorrow night, the two teams will battle in the Rebels last home game. Come out to City National Arena at 7:30 pm and salute the seniors who have made UNLV successful over the past 4 years.

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