Sunday, April 7, 2019

Special to Vegas Hockey

Plano, Texas – The AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u are going to the Show – the Gold Medal Game here at the USA Hockey Nationals.

John Purdy of Las Vegas scored first, then Heath Mensch – who was blasting shots off of crossbars earlier – scored in OT to help the Wally Lacroix-coached AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u beat Charleston, S.C. Stingrays 2-1 in Final 4 game here on Sunday.

The Jr Golden Knights got a heroic effort from goalie Zackary Ortolano to win this game.

Lacroix said he knew it would be a low scoring game because “the coach from South Carolina put his best players on defense. They had allowed only 4 goals here at the Nationals coming into this game.”

“What a game,” Lacroix said. “Our young men played their hearts out with the level and degree of responsibility they brought today. We talked while in the locker room during the ice cut after the second period. The young men responded with a great effort in overtime against an incredibly – I mean incredibly – well-coached team. We got great, great goal-tending from Zackary Ortolano. He played great – everyone on the ice gave everything he had.”

On Monday morning here the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights will take on the AA Atlanta Jr Kings for the gold.