Saturday, March 2, 2019
By Bethany Drysdale
Hauppauge, NY – Finishing up the regular season, the #11 UNLV Rebels played their final regular season game against the #15 Stony Brook Seawolves. After a tough loss the previous night against the Seawolves the Rebels wanted to close out the regular season with a win. What began as a nearly even game for two periods, slipped away from the Rebels in the third period. The shots on goal were 43 for SBU, 42 for UNLV. Ben Giesbrecht was back in goal to start the game when the SBU captain scored 15 seconds from puck drop. UNLV showed their tenacity, scoring two goals in the first period. Bryce Woodward score an unassisted goal a 14:11 on a solo shot he buried behind the SBU defense. Angelo Tsalafos scored with 11:52 left in the first, with assists from Viktor Brask and Eric Williams to give the Rebels the lead going into the first intermission.
The first power play of the game came early in the second period for UNLV, but they could not find a break in the Seawolves defense. With 16:17 to go in the second SBU hit a rebound shot high glove side to tie the game at two. Halfway through the second the teams seemed to be locked in a back and forth battle for dominance. A minute later Bas Assaf hit a cross pass shot from the point, assisted by Kameron Fink and Jordan Rea to give the Rebels a 3-2 lead. A costly penalty gave the Seawolves a man advantage where they scored their first powerplay goal of the weekend, knotting the game at 3 apiece. With the final seconds counting down to the second intermission, UNLV’s John Moeller scored the go-ahead goal, with an assist from Bryce Woodward. This gave the Rebels a 4-3 lead going into the third period.
The third period was much like the previous night; SBU scored three unanswered goals, to seal the win. Forty seconds into the third, the Seawolves scored low slot, blocker side to tie the game at 4. Four minutes later, another Seawolves goal went blocker side, as UNLV’s defense allowed a breakaway goal to get through. After trading power plays, the Rebels found themselves down a man with 5:22 left in the game, and SBU scored their second power play goal of the night. This really was a hard fought weekend for the Rebels going into the post season.
The UNLV Rebel Hockey team is currently planning on a post season appearance at the ACHA D1 National Championships in Frisco, Texas, March 21-26. Please consider donating to their GoFundMe page to help with travel expenses and to help offset the costs players need to participate.
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