A DEEPER LOOK AT UNLV REBELS 3-GAME ROAD TRIP
By Bethany Drysdale
A weekend roadtrip to Arizona improved the #13 UNLV Rebels record to 4-1-0 on the season. Starting Thursday at Arcadia Ice Arena in Phoenix the UNLV Rebels overcame a tough 4-0 deficit to win 5-4 in overtime. The Lopes of Grand Canyon University scored 4 goals in the first 2 periods, two of which were on the power play. But Pax Malone got the scoring going for the Rebels early in the 3rd. Assisted by Jayson Dimizio, the Rebels woke up their offense and didn’t look back.
Hunter Muzzillo scored second, and about 30 seconds later Jared Turcotte connected with Kane Toriumi for the Rebels 3rd goal. Pax Malone wasn’t going to go quietly into the night, and tied the score 4-4. The Rebels took a man advantage into the overtime, where captain Bas Assaf scored the game winner with an assist from Jared Turcotte. Senior Erik Eidissen got the win as the starting goaltender.
Friday, the Rebels played the Arizona State University Sundevils at Oceanside Arena in Tempe, Arizona. Freshman Dorian Laganiere started in goal. It was Arizona State scoring 3 goals before the Rebels could get one on the board in the third period. Kane Toriumi scored the only Rebels goal in a 3-1 loss.
Saturday, hoping to bounce back from the loss, the Rebels scored first with a shot by Jake Saxe in the 1st period. Arizona State tied it 1-1 five minutes into the second period. But the Rebels scored 2 more goals with Pax Malone assisted by John Moeller and Jayson Dimizio assisted by Brendan Manning and Hunter Muzzillo to go up 3-1. Jayson Dimizio scored the Rebels 4th goal in the 3rd period, assisted by Nick Flanders and Brendan Manning. Arizona State scored a second goal but it was not enough to sweep the Rebels. Dorian Leganiere secured the 4-2 win in goal.
The next 6 games will be at City National Arena, Las Vegas, beginning October 4. Come out and watch the most exciting collegiate hockey team and see for yourself what the hype is all about!
Bethany Drysdale was voted by our readers as “Best Hockey Writer’ on Vegas Hockey