Friday, March 1, 2019

By Bethany Drysdale

Hauppauge, NY – Taking their talents to the East Coast, the #11 UNLV Rebels took on #15 Stony Brook Seawolves. Arriving in New York City on Wednesday, the Rebels team did some sight seeing around the Big Apple. Starting in the first period here at The Rinx the Rebels looked slow and sloppy. Fifty seconds from puck drop the Seawolves scored on a shot up high, past Rebels goalie Ben Giesbrecht. Viktor Brask registered the first Rebel shot on goal seven minutes into the first period. Stony Brook dominated possession in the first period, scoring their second goal with 9:23 left in the first. Shots on goal at the end of one were 4 for UNLV and 18 for SBU.

A whole new Rebels team was on the ice for the second period. The Rebels came out fast and physical, and it paid off 2:17 into the period as D’Andre John scored on a 2 on 2 centering pass from Jordan Rea. Just as the Rebels found some momentum, SBU scored their third goal of the game less than thirty seconds later. A costly turnover in the neutral zone and it looked like the Seawolves would take back the momentum. UNLV never gave up and kept pressure on SBU. D’Andre John scored the second Rebels goals with assists from Bryce Woodward and Pax Malone with 16:03 left in the second. Three minutes later Cody Williams picked the pocket of a SBU player in the neutral zone, going 2 on 1, hitting Tristan Mayer on a centering pass to tie the game 3-3 on a short-handed goal. The second period was a well-executed Rebel game plan that gave them the advantage in the offensive zone. At the end of two UNLV clearly outshot the Seawolves 33 to 20.

Skating in the third period the Rebels came out more comfortable, but SBU cleaned up its mistakes from the second period, and turned momentum in their favor for the third. Scoring three unanswered goals, the Seawolves passed cleaner and took advantage of Rebels mistakes. A power play goal with 16:31 left in the game and two full strength goals with 11:59 and 11:24 remaining to play, doubled the SBU lead to 6-3. Prompting a Rebels goaltender change, Erik Eidissen was called in to stop the Seawolves scoring. Halfway through the third period, SBU had 42 shots on goal to UNLV’s 24.

Tomorrow the Rebels wrap up their regular season with a second game against Stony Brook at the Rinx here in Hauppauge.  Follow UNLV on twitter @UNLVRebelshockey for the video link to the live stream on You Tube.

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