Friday, December 6, 2019

By Lee Samuels

Las Vegas – For the UNLV Rebels it will be way more than just a game when they take on Stony Brook University on Friday night at City National Arena.

It’s for a young boy named Blake Smith, age 10, who will drop the first puck at center ice on 7 pm Friday.

Blake has an undiagnosed Degenerative Muscular Disorder, basically making his muscles deteriorate. His care is expensive and his family needs help.

“This game is more than just hockey,” said UNLV head coach Anthony Greener. “We are playing for Blake who has a rare disease. He’s a great kid with always a smile on his face. 

“Hockey when you really look at it is just a small part of our lives,” Greener said.

“I want our players, staff and all of our fans to pull one out for Blake,” Greener said.

This game will be a rough one too for the Rebels who are ranked ACHA D1 #14. Stony Brook is ranked #21. Stony Brook’s team is ultra skilled, plays hard and has a will to win. Plus, UNLV and Stony Brook desperately need wins to get a spot in the post-season ACHA D1 Nationals.

“This is a huge game for us Friday,” Greener said. “We need to get back into the win column.”

UNLV is coming off a long road facing teams like Arizona, Minot and the Jamestown Jimmies. The Rebels are 14-7-1. Stony Brook is 10-6-0.

Stony Brook’s Last Five Games

2-6 to #1 ranked Adrian

3-5 to #1 ranked Adrian

5-4 over Syracuse

4-3 over New York University

6-3 over New York University

From the Blue Line – UNLV goalie Erik Eidissen will get the start Friday. Game two of this series is on Saturday, same start time 7 pm…Coach Greener mentioned there are no major line changes for the Rebels on Friday…Here on home ice UNLV is a perfect 8-0-0.