Saturday, February, 16, 2019

By Bethany Drysdale

Las Vegas – Senior Night at City National Arena brought all of the intense action one might expect with a team that wanted to give Captain Cody Williams and Alternate Captain Joseph Kaszupski a final win on home ice. Starting his third night in a row was goaltender Ben Giesbrecht who held a shutout for the full 60 minutes, saving 27 shots. The Rebels brought their fast, energized pace to start the first period. Fittingly, it was Cody Williams who scored the first unassisted goal at 11:20 to give the Rebels a 1-0 lead. Finding an opening above Jimmie’s goaltender Brouwer’s shoulder, this was Williams’ third shot in a five minute time period. Kane Toriumi scored the Rebels second goal at the 4:50 mark near the end of the first period. He came in fast to the slot, with a forehanded shot which handcuffed Brouwer who could not control the puck. At the end of the first period the shots on goal favored the Rebels with 13 to the Jimmies 7.

The second period was full of action, but no scoring. The two teams traded penalities throughout the period, but neither could score. The frustration led to some heated tempers. With 7:14 left in the second, UNLV’s Jared Turcotte was hit from behind, late, knocking his helmet off. Fists were thrown by both teams. It should be noted that it was the game against Jamestown in November that UJ defenseman Cole Sonstebo reportedly yelled something at Rebel D’Andre John. When the fight here in the second period was sorted out Cole was ejected from the game, as well as D’Aandre John for matching game misconducts. The game resumed with more Rebels shots on goal, but no scoring change to end the second. Shots on goal still favored the Rebels at 23 to the Jimmies 16.

Starting the third the teams traded power plays. Coming in on a three on one rush, the Rebels pounded a rebound home on a backbreaking power play. A fight ensued after the goal. Senior Joe Kaszupski scored the Rebels third goal of the game, keeping the momentum in favor of UNLV. Paxton Malone, on a two on zero breakaway, buried one behind Brouwer, over a shoulder to give the Rebels a 4-0 lead with 9:38 left in the game. Another scrum in the Rebels end led to a five minute major to the Rebels Tommy Harrison with 6:52 left to play. This gave the Jimmies a five on four. A Jamestown tripping penalty evened up their advantage to a four on four with 3:20 left in the game. The victory was sweet and very much earned by UNLV.

The Rebels travel to Colorado State University on February 21 and then to University of Colorado on February 22 and 23. All games can be viewed on You Tube Live. Follow the Rebels on social media to get the link and you will never have to miss any action, as the Rebels finish up their regular season in two weeks.

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