Super Bowl Eve
LAS VEGAS THUNDERBIRDS STARS OF THE GAME
#1 JOE TERRANA
#2 JESPER AHLBERG – GOALIE
#3 GLEB SCHYAIGER
By Lee Samuels
Las Vegas – Goal scorer Joe Terrana says he likes fast, ultra-heated games and he was at his best scorching around the ice, scoring a very important goal and dealing a game-winning assist as the WSHL Last Vegas Thunderbirds beat the Ontario Avalanche – who turned up their game a dozen notches – by 2-1 in an entertaining game on Super Bowl Eve at the Sobe Ice Arena.
Joe, 5’8 and 165, is a center on a line with the ultra-skilled Mikhail Gerasin on the left side and a hard worker in Austen Kerridge on the right side. Joe scored once and dealt an assist to contribute on both of the T-Birds goals in a game in which the game temperature soared rapidly in the closing decisive moments.
Terrana is used to playing in big games and playing for great coaches such as Dave Hrysky and Matt Johnson of the T-Birds.
Terrana earlier played on a Las Vegas Storm bantam team coached by Nick Robone, played for the Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u team coached by the 2019 Coach of the Year Wally Lacroix and played for the Vegas Jr Golden Knights High School team coached by the great Frank Salcido. Terrana also played for a youth team coached by Evan and Adam Zucker. Terrana and Cameron Zucker played together on a high school team.
Robone noted last night “…Joe played with us on a Storm Bantam AA team. He was one of the toughest players we ever coached. At the time he was smaller but he never backed down from anyone and at the same time he was consistent in his play. We knew exactly what we would get when Joe got onto the ice. He comes from a great hockey family as well.”
Terrana, outside the TBirds locker room said “tonight was a fun, fast game and we got a couple of points. Our line really worked hard all during this game.”
The game was rough and really had a dynamic playoff feel to it as the Ontario Avalanche cranked up its play and was much more physical compared to the game here the previous night.
The TBirds got awesome action from a number of players including defenseman Gleb Schyaiger who got a Star of the Game for the second straight night and also from goalie Jesper Ahlberg who was sensational while protecting his net area.
From the Blue Line – The three-game weekend series winds up here on Super Bowl Sunday 1 pm at the Sobe Ice Arena….Ontario’s #16 Tanner Turcotte is an all-out awesome player – with ultra speed and his blue-streak drives towards the net. He is the real deal.
Kail Maunula from Tanner Turcotte
Ontario goalie – Romi Huuonen
Las Vegas scoring
LV – Joe Terrana from Austen Kerridge, Mikhail Gerasin
LV – Mikhail Gerasin from Gleb Schyaiger, Joe Terrana
LV goalie – Jesper Ahlberg
Shots on goal – Ontario 29, Las Vegas 26