Long-Time Las Vegas Goal Scorer Kyle Callahan Update; #1 Most Searched – Flashback 2004 – The Last Skate at the Santa Fe Stations Ice Arena

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#1 Most Searched – Flashback 2004 – Last Skate at Santa Fe Stations Ice Arena on North Rancho Drive in Las Vegas. There are also searches for Las Vegas roller hockey goalie Morgan Marinello.

//The ‘Last Skate’ at Santa Fe Stations Ice Arena story, written 16 years ago, is the runaway #1 most-read story of all time here on Vegas Hockey

//In Canada Gregg Drinnan writes that former assistant coach Brock Sawyer is the new head coach of the BCHL Powell River Kings. He replaces Tyler Kuntz who stepped down noting there are family reasons for his decision to leave the program. Powell River Kings were 29-23-6 last season.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

//Las Vegas goal scorer Kyle Callahan of Las Vegas is now working as a utility designer for Nevada Power. Years ago he played for AA Las Vegas Outlaws bantams, AA Las Vegas Ice Cats 18u and then played played for famous coach Kurt Goar with AA Arizona Hockey Union 18u…Years ago when we wrote Just in Time for Christmas the Unstoppable Johnnie Gold it was Kyle’s younger brother Gunnar – an outstanding artist – who drew tremendous very creative images of Johnnie Gold which we posted with the story here on Vegas Hockey. We thank you Gunnar and yes so does the unstoppable Johnnie Gold and his head coach Jack Black.

//More good news here today – it looks like our star writer Bethany Drysdale may be soon sending in one of her very very good Vegas hockey stories….We want to say hello to one of the great ones – Las Vegas hockey mom Patty Del Grosso……

Friday, March 27, 2020

Las Vegas – Seventeen seasons ago the Rob Pallin-coached AA Las Vegas Mustangs 18u won the Southwest League gold medal. Las Vegas beat a very strong and fierce AA San Jose Jr Sharks 18u team on their home ice by 4-2. After the game Justin Grossman, Sean Darby, Steve Novotny and Paul Lowden of Las Vegas went to center ice to get the golden trophy. “They first played together on a 4-31 Vegas team. They played hard this season and earned the right to go get that trophy,” Pallin said that day. It was the very first banner this team won.This Las Vegas team included the famous Triple Threat Line of Travis Roseberry, JC Caron and Spike Neely. A year later this AA Vegas Mustangs 18u team won many golds and played in the U.S. Nationals.

//And how and why did Rob Pallin teams do so much. Spike Neely, at Eddie Del Grosso’s wedding, said “…coach Rob made us believe we were better players than what we really were. When we went over the wall and onto the ice in big games we knew we were going to win.”

//For the 4th straight day there have been searches here for awesome goal scorer Heath Mensch who plays for the Wally Lacroix-coached AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

//In his last two seasons Chris Francis of Las Vegas has awesome numbers with Salle Bulls Halle Germany3. Chris has 43 goals, 67 assists for 110 points.

//Former AA Las Vegas Ice Cats 18u hockey coach Matt Stang is home in isolation with family in Prince Albert, BC. He is now a top scout for the WHL Prince Albert Raiders – Lee

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Friday, March 27, 2020

BIG GOAL SCORER AUSTIN MOLINE OF LAS VEGAS DRAFTED IN 1ST ROUND BY WHL SWIFT CURRENT BRONCOS

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Defenseman Austin Moline, a goal scoring force from Las Vegas, was selected by WHL Swift Current Broncos in the first round of the WHL Top Prospects Draft. Austin, 14, had 18 goals, 14 assists for the Jack Bowkus-coached AAA LA Jr Kings bantam team this past season. Austin is listed at 6’2, 150. Dean Brockman is GM/Head Coach of the Broncos. Dean noted that Moline has a hard right-handed shot and led all AAA Jr Kings bantam defensemen in scoring this season. Moline was scouted when he scored three times for the Jr Kings at the famous John Reid Memorial Bantam Tournament in Canada. The WHL Swift Current Broncos play home games at the Innovation Credit Union iPlex in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada.

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More on Austin Moline – He grew up playing hockey here in Las Vegas. When he was 4 1/2 he learned to skate at the Las Vegas Ice Center. He played for a number of Las Vegas ice hockey teams and his coaches (who Austin wants to mention) included Tom Lackas, Bo Lackas, Jeff Bruckner, Dell Truax, Matt Johnson and with the Faith Lutheran HS Crusaders where Austin was coached by Pokey Reddick, Craig Thornton and Shane Hnidy…

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Wednesday, March 25,2020

THE JERRETT OVERLAND, ROB PALLIN, FRANK SERRATORE CONNECTION

By Lee Samuels

See hockey miracles do happen.

Las Vegas defenseman Jerrett Overland, who played for the BCHL Wenatchee Wild last season, will play for the Frank Serratore-coached NCAA Air Force Academy this fall.

Serratore, 62, is same hockey coach who Rob Pallin of Las Vegas played for in 1984-85 with the USHL Austin Mavericks in Minnesota. At the time Rob, from Chisholm, Minnesota, was just 16, the youngest player on the Mavericks. Mike Hastings, a top coach now with St. Cloud State, was also on that Mavericks team.

“I will always think of Rob Pallin that season as that up and coming youngster with such wonderfull skills,” Serratore told writer Joe McCauley in his 2003 book Puck Dreams and Other Stories

Coach Rob knows Jerrett Overland very well working with him during off-season skate sessions. When you take an overlook look at this it’s an amazing connection we think.

Overland, 18, is a very gifted defenseman who earlier played in the AAA Anaheim Jr Ducks program.

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Flash Update

Tuseday, March 24, 2020

Las Vegas – One of UNLV’s greatest-ever defensemen Eric Williams of Las Vegas is predicting big things – like alot of pure gold – for the Anthony Greener-coached Rebels in the upcoming 2020-21 season.

“We have a lot of great players coming back next season, we have a great exciting fan atmosphere whenever we play home games at City National Arena and we’re going to pick up where we left off – we’re going right for a National Championship.”

UNLV has qualified to play in the ACHA D1 Nationals four straight years.

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Roy Henderson’s Las Vegas Global Showcase with lots of Western scouts set for June 22-25 at the Las Vegas Ice Center on Flamingo Avenue.

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Monday, March 23, 2020

Buffalo, NY – Michael Yochum, a Las Vegas goal scorer at every level of the game, will return and play for ACHA D1 Canisius Golden Griffins in the 2020-21 season. Michael, a sophomore, had 17 goals, 7 assists this past season. Michael, 20, has a dual major in economics and sports management. Canisus went 17-11-0 this past season.

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Most Searched Today –
Heath Mensch, AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u – tremendous high action goal scorer
Hamilton Whyte, Las Vegas goal scorer who played years ago at Las Vegas Ice Center
Hunter Toms, Las Vegas, AAA LA Jr Kings 14u

For The Love of Hockey – Bethany Drysdale interviews Colin Robin of UNLV

Today’s readers are from all parts of the USA and Canada plus India, South Korea

To SoBe Rink Rat – Skitters, the baby rink kitten who appears in all of our Christmas stories here on Vegas Hockey, is not real – She was created by Las Vegas hockey dad Jay Zurfluh. During the games Skitters usually hangs with Gramps behind the bench over where the sticks are. She is, judging by emails sent here, one of the most enduring unforgettable characters we’ve ever had. Gramps is the legend, the late great grandfather of UNLV Rebels Anthony Greener who kindly gave us permission to use Gramps in our Christmas stories here.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Las Vegas hockey coach Rob Pallin of HC TWK Innsbruck, wife Dora and daughters Emily Charlotte and Lina Rose, have returned safely to Las Vegas.
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Also Today….
Jimmy Samuels of Las Vegas played youth hockey in Las Vegas, then went to Kansas University where he majored in Film. He played one season for the ACHA D3 KU hockey team, then became the team’s GM for two seasons. Now Jimmy is graduating with a major in Film. He and Vito Carlo are best friends. The late great Las Vegas hockey dad Tommy Ricketts whose hockey son Beau Ricketts was an all-out goal scoring force for many teams including the WSHL Las Vegas Storm – gave Jimmy lots of hockey cards when the two met over at the Las Vegas Ice Center. Jimmy is our grandson, for those who may not know….Best to all reading here today, Lee….

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Las Vegas – After taking a season off the very popular star defenseman Vito Carlo of Las Vegas plans to return to the game and play for NCAA Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire this coming season. Vito, whose dear hockey mom Rosie passed last year, went to classes at Franklin Pierce but decided to take off a season from the game. Vito was a star performer for the NA3HL Atlanta Capitals where he won many awards as a defenseman. Vito had 7 goals, 36 assists in his final season with the Atlanta Capitals. He earlier played in a key defensive role for Gabe Gauthier’s WSHL Las Vegas Storm which practiced and played home games at the Las Vegas Ice Center. Vito, 21, is listed at 6’1, 180.

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UNLV REBELS SIGN PREMIER GOALIE VINCE BENEDETTO OF SIJHL CHASE HEAT

Las Vegas – UNLV coaches Anthony Greener and Nick Robone know how to construct championship teams – you start building at the net, then signed premier defensemen and then go after the best available sharpshooters. Which is why the UNLV Rebels signed premier goalie Vince Benedetto of the KIJHL Chase Heat who play home games in Chase, BC Canada.

Benedetto, 20, last season in 30 regular season games had a 2.69 gaa and a 92.0% save percentage. In five playoff games Benedetto had a 2.87 gaa and a 90.2% save percentage. Benedetto, who is from Edmonton, is listed at 5’10, 180.

Coach Greener said “…we’re coming off a great season and adding Vince Benedetto will give us even more depth in the goalie spot. We are looking to have 4 goalies on our roster for next season.

Robone noted Benedetto was first spotted on HockeyTV where Rebels coaches watch to track down available players who have a great skillset.

“Benedetto is a very athletic goalie, he had great numbers last season with the Chase Heat and is a good person as well.

“Our blueprint to to have 4 goalies on our roster leading into the new season,” said coach Robone.

UNLV has had top teams who have qualified for the ACHA D1 Nationals for four straight years – a club record.

Rebels Notebook – On the Rebels twitter feed it was noted that “95% of Rebels players are recruited from junior hockey teams.”

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JOEY ALLEGRINI OF LAS VEGAS COMMITS TO NCAA NICHOLS COLLEGE
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Breaking news – Captain Joey Allegrini of Las Vegas and the NAHL Atlanta Capitals has committed to NCAA Nichols College in Dudley, Massachusetts. Congratulations to Joey – a hard working team leader who had a huge season with 15 goals, 39 assists….Gregg Drinnan in Canada reporting former Yale assistant coach Ryan Donald will be head coach of a new team – the BCHL Cranbrook Bucks….The WHL season has come to a close. Erik Atchison of Las Vegas is a strong, top player for the Spokane Chiefs…..Rob Profitt’s NAHL Fairbanks Ice Dogs announced that goal scorer Adam Eisle – 18 goals, 15 assists – has committed to NCAA Minnesota State…City National Arena off of Charleston Avenue near the Red Rock Casino – and the home of the UNLV Rebels – has shut down due to the coronavirus situation…The Genius, a goal scorer from parts unknown, texts that he was surprised Las Vegas hockey dad Steve Allen was quoted here. The Genius accidently vaporized Steve in a rinkboard incident last July 4 in one of our summertime hockey adventure stories over at the SoBe Ice Arena.

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UNLV’s Top 15 All-Time Goal Scorers
Goals
138 – Mike Zenzola
100 – Cody Williams
96 – Anthony Greener
83 – Sam Braniff
67 – Chris Jones

59 – Robbie Silvernail
55 – Jake Saxe
54 – Josh Jasek
40 – Drew Bryan
39 – Tristan Mayer
38 – Paxton Malone
35 – Zach Richards
34 – Bryden Marsh
31 – Viktor Brask

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

WHEN IN DOUBT, GIVE THE PUCK TO UNLV’S MIKE ZENZOLA

By Lee Samuels – Flashback Story

Las Vegas – UNLV alum Chris Tate peered through his goalie facemask and saw trouble coming. At mid ice three red-jersey UNLV forwards broke through the pack and were heading his way on Saturday night at the SoBe Ice Arena.

Chris looked to his left, then to the right.

Not a defenseman in sight or was on his radar.

He looked again and leading the attack run was #18 Mike Zenzola, the greatest goal scorer in the history of UNLV Rebels hockey.

The three forwards arrived, sprayed ice at the net, the puck was quickly shot and rocketed into a far corner of the net. The three forwards then turned as a unit and sped back down the ice.

It was a quick strike and score, the way Mike Zenzola of UNLV used to do it so many times when the big teams rolled into town.

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It was the annual UNLV Alumni Game at the SoBe Ice Arena on a warm Saturday night. Zenzola looked the same – tall, lean, ready to rock down the ice and unleash blasts of shots from a variety of distances.

Officially he is 6’2, 200.

He scored 138 career goals and the only other Rebel remotely close to that was Anthony Greener who played a different kind of game. Greener usually played much closer in the shark waters around enemy nets when big teams like Michigan, Texas, San Diego State and yes, even UCLA got into UNLV’s grill.

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Mike Zenzola said he couldn’t have scored all of the goals without his longtime linemate Sam Braniff. They played on the same AA midget team, the Inland Valley Coyotes in the Riverside area, then with the Fort Vancouver Pioneers in junior hockey, then together with UNLV. It was Rob Pallin, Mike said, who recruited he and Sam.

Biggest goals ever? Zenzola, like most great athletes, laughed and said he had just a few. Well he scored over a hundred of them, including six goals in one game against Cal State Fullerton. Zenzola said he had a big game against Colorado and he mentioned one or two more.

His best line? Zenzola, Braniff and Greener or with the explosive goal scorer Josh Jasek.

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Practically all of the top UNLV alum players were in the game. Tate, who was in the net in the very first UNLV game in 2005-06 season, wore a powder blue jersey. Years ago he said he never looked at the Pepsi scoreboard during the closest of games at the SoBe Ice Arena. “My only concern was keeping any eye on the puck and keeping it out of out net,” he said.

Greener, whose #96 jersey is framed and hanging on the south wall at the SoBe, was handed red jersey #3 to start the game.

“Never wore a #3 before,” he said. “But here we go.”

Moments later his hockey mom Sue, in the cold bleachers, told everyone “Anthony is now wearing number 20 red.”

Greener had a great game, chipping passes, setting up linemates. Ryan Krametbauer, whose #13 jersey is also framed and hanging on the wall at the SoBe, is an attorney now. He gave me his card, just in case, you never know when you need a good attorney he said. He plays in a men’s league on Sunday nights. A former Rebel, Danny Kaminski, is on the team.

Arturo Castro wanted to play but didn’t. He is still recovering from a serious back and neck injury in a game against Long Beach State. Will he play this fall? Doesn’t think he can do it. Too much at risk in the health area. He now works in UNLV Rebels hockey promotions. He is very popular and the players call him Arty.

Even UNLV defensemen like Doug Wenglare got into the goal scoring. He made it look easy, getting to the net, feinting and scoring.

UNLV enforcer Kyle Curry was prowling around on the ice. He had a great skate, just like his former teammates. Kyle’s temperature never red-lined, so that was good for all.

No one skated harder than an active Rebel, Trey Johnson. He went up and down the ice high speed.

Just the way he always does in the real Rebels games.

The game? It was a scorefest. Final score was 14-14. No goals were announced. Rock music blasted during the game, not just during timeouts.

We asked one of the goalies Katie Scheafer who was the most dangerous goal scorer out there.

She said didn’t track many of the jersey numbers who were at the net.

But she said #18 was pretty good.

That was the Great One, Mike Zenzola.

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Today’s #1 Most Read Story
For the Love of Hockey – A Look at UNLV’s Brendan Manning by Bethany Drysdale, Kat Craner and Christina Oka

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Las Vegas – Back in 2015-16 the Gabe Gauthier-coached WSHL Las Vegas Storm was a mighty force over at the Las Vegas Ice Center. Hometown skaters Beau Ricketts, Vito Carlo, Joey Allegrini, Steven Avalone and Jake McKenna were on this team.

And then there was Vincent Dekumbis from Fribourg, Switzerland.

During that season Vincent blazed about and had 31 goals, 15 assists for 46 points. He was selected to the WSHL All-Star team and, while accompanied by coach Gauthier, won the WSHL Fastest Skater Award.

Vincent was voted by our readers as the 2016 Vegas Hockey Player of the Year

And where is Dekumbus now?

Vincent will be going into his junior season with the NCAA D3 Lawrence University hockey team in Appleton, Wisconsin.

WSHL Las Vegas Storm
All-Time Goal Scorers

Goals
49 – Isaiah Letendre
48 – Vincent Dekumbis
43 – Nikita Pintsuv
32 – Jeffrey Morgan
30 – Beau Ricketts
29 – Arrigo Burgener
22 – Teddy Astrom
20 – Sam Sykes

Sam Sykes had 34 goals this season for the WSHL El Paso Rhinos

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Las Vegas hockey dad Steve Allen notes that practically all adult league ice hockey games have come to a halt here in Las Vegas. “Very sad,” he said.

Steve added “We also feel very sad for the UNLV Rebels and for Wally’s AA Jr Golden Knights 16u teams who could not go to their tournaments.”

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Today’s readers are from all parts of the USA, Canada, Austria, Germany and South Korea

Coming tomorrow – When in doubt, Give the Puck to Mike Zenzola

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Monday, March 16, 2020

Las Vegas – For these great UNLV Rebels seniors there are no U.S. Nationals. UNLV qualified for the 20-team ACHA D1 Nationals but the cornonavirus epidemic took it down for this season.

UNLV Seniors
#7 Connor Hetzel – 0 goals, 3 assists, 3 points
#13 Jake Saxe – Assistant Captain – 16 goals, 13 assists, 31 points
#23 Tristan Mayer – 3 goals, 4 assist, 7 points
#27 Erik Eidissen, goalie – 9 games, 3.23 gaa, 87.6% save percentage

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Transaction of the Day – Rhett Rakhshani, a massive 54-goal scorer for the AAA Cal Wave 16 in 2003-04, has re-signed with Frolunda HC in Switzerland.

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Sunday, March 15, 2020

The historic and very famous Las Ice Center on Flamingo Avenue is shutting down for two weeks from March 16 to March 29 as a result of the coronavirus epidemic. The biggest stars from Las Vegas including Jason Zucker, Gage Quinney, Cory Ward, Kenny Brooks, Zach Pochiro, Joe Sullivan, Derek Sutliffe, Beau Ricketts, Vito Carlo, Vincent Dekumbis, Steven Avalone, Rhett Bruckner and many others played on youth teams at the Ice Center. Pokey Reddick for years was a top tier hockey coach there.

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The NAHL, which includes the famous Fairbanks Ice Dogs, has “paused its playoffs – but has not cancelled it.”

Saturday, March 14, 2020

It was announced that Rob Pallin of Las Vegas will return as Head Coach of HC TWK Innsbruck in Austria for 2021.

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TOP FIVE GOAL SCORERS
UNLV REBELS
22 – Paxton Malone
16 – Jake Saxe
13 – John Moeller
12 – Kane Toriumi
10 – Brendan Manning

WSHL LAS VEGAS THUNDERBIRDS

20 – Joe Terrana
18 – Anthony Rodriguez
16 – Mikhail Gerasin
13 – Joe Wheeler
8 – Gleb Schlyaiger
8 – Egor Khomyakov

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To SoBe Rink Rat – Yes, coach Rob Pallin of Las Vegas will return as Head Coach of TWK Innsbruck in Austria 2020-21 season.

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Four more leagues – the NHL, AHL, ECHL and SPHL

    – have suspended play as well – Lee

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    More Breaking News – The WSHL has shut down operations for this season – meaning the season has come to an unexpected close for the WSHL Las Vegas Thunderbirds who practice and play home games at the SoBe Ice Arena on North Rancho Drive.

    Thursday, March 12, 2020

    Special to Vegas Hockey

    The UNLV Rebels who worked so hard to get eligible for the ACHA D1 Nationals – their 4th straight time playing in the Nationals – were told the 20-team tournament is shut down as result of the coronavirus epidemic. Anthony Greener is the head coach of the Rebels who were ranked #15 and scheduled to take on big rival Arizona State in Texas. The Rebels tweeted “…we cannot wait to begin prepping for next season.”

    At the same time the Wally Lacroix-coached AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u – defending National Champions – and who were called The Golden Ones this season – will be not be able to defend their gold. USA Hockey has shut down the Nationals in all ages of youth hockey.

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    THE VEGAS FIVE

    2019-20

    PRO, NCAA, WHL, ACHA, JUNIOR HOCKEY

    Goals

    22 – CHRIS FRANCIS, SALLE BULLS HALLE, GERMANY3

    22 – DEREK SUTLIFFE, SPHL EVANSVILLE THUNDERBOLTS

    20 – ASH PRINTZEN, AAA MEIJER WESTERN MICHIGAN GIRLS 19U

    19 – BRENDEN FEHLIG, NA3HL COULEE REGION CHILL – WISCONSIN

    17 – GAGE QUINNEY, AHL CHICAGO WOLVES

    17 – MICHAEL YOCHUM, ACHA D1 CANISIUS GOLDEN GRIFFINS

    AAA/AA/High School

    Goals

    40 – MATTHEW GROSS, AAA PHOENIX JR COYOTES 16U

    39 – FUZZY ATCHISON, AAA ARIZONA BOBCATS 13U

    22 – JACK LACKAS, AAA ARIZONA BOBCATS 13U

    21 – CHASE LAURIE, AAA ARIZONA BOBCATS 13U

    21 – TRISTAN TOTH, VEGAS JR GOLDEN KNIGHTS HIGH SCHOOL TEAM

    19 – AUSTIN MOLINE, AAA L.A. JR KINGS 2005

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    THE TICKER….

    Wednesday, March 11, 2020

    ACHA D1 CANCELS 2020 NATIONAL TOURNAMENT IN TEXAS

    Anthony Greener, head coach of the UNLV Rebels, learned today that the ACHA D1 cancelled the 2020 National Tournament in Texas. ACHA Director Craig Barnett said he had deep concerns about the worldwide coronavirus epidemic. UNLV, ranked #15 nationally, was scheduled to take on Arizona State in their opening round elimination game.

    USA HOCKEY CANCELS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS INCLUDING YOUTH HOCKEY

    In a staggering announcement USA Hockey has canceled all their National Championships for 2020 – including High School, Youth, Girls, Adults and Sled. Jim Smith, president of USA Hockey, said “the safety of our participants has always been our top priority.”

    Wednesday, March 11, 2020

    BIG ROAD WIN FOR JOE SULLIVAN OF LAS VEGAS AND ECHL INDY FUEL

    Kalamazoo, Michigan – Joe Sullivan of Las Vegas and the ECHL Indy Fuel held off the hometown Kalamazoo Wings to win 1-0 here at the Wings Arena. Joe, who wears jersey #18, had one shot on goal. He has seven goals, eight assists this season. As a tier hockey player Joe played for a number of teams over at the Las Vegas Ice Center. The crowd for this game was 1552. Indy Fuel is an affiliate of the NHL Chicago Blackhawks.

    ERIK ATCHISON OF LAS VEGAS AND WHL SPOKANE CHIEFS WIN 3-0

    Spokane, Washington – Erik Atchison of Las Vegas and the WHL Spokane Chiefs beat the Kamloops Blazers 3-0 on Tuesday night before 4159 at the Spokane Memorial Arena. Erik this season has 6 goals, 8 assists, 14 points and is +3 on the ice. Erik and Spokane close out their regular season with games vs the Portland Winterhawks here Friday and Saturday nights.

    NEW RULES FOR UNLV REBELS AND OTHER TEAMS AT ACHA D1 NATIONALS IN TEXAS

    When the UNLV Rebels hit Texas and take on Arizona State in a first-round game in the ACHA D1 Nationals on March 19 there will be new rules and regulations –including (a) no hand-shake line after a game; gloved fist bumps will be ok and (b) each player will have an individual bottle of water on the bench. The games will be played in Austin, Texas. UNLV vs ASU is set for March 19. The winner of UNLV/ASU gets to tangle with 31-4-0 Liberty College. And yes, UNLV played ASU twice during the regular season – in fact the opening games of the 2019-2020 season. On the road UNLV lost 3-1 to ASU at the Oceanside Arena in Tempe, Az. In Game Two UNLV beat ASU 4-2. Oh, get this – this will be the 4th straight year UNLV will play in the ACHA D1 Nationals. You can congratulate Rebels head coach Anthony Greener, #1 assistant Nick Robone, GM Zee Khan and the rest of the great coaches who guide the way.

    It was just announced that Grand Valley State University in Michigan will compete in ACHA D1 next season. There will be 72 teams in ACHA D1 in 2020-21.

    Fairbanks Arctic Cam – It’s on 24/7 and as we write this it is 6 degrees and going down to minus-13 degrees overnight. Many Las Vegas teams for years have played in Fairbanks. And it’s the home of legend GM Rob Profitt and the NAHL Fairbanks Ice Dogs hockey team…

    BREAKING NEWS – JOEY ALLEGRINI OF LAS VEGAS TO NCAA D3 NICHOLS COLLEGE IN MASSACHUSETTS IN 2020-21

    Joey Allegrini of Las Vegas and the NA3HL Atlanta Capitals has committed to NCAA Nichols College D3 in Massachusetts for the 2020-21 season. Joey has 15 goals this season. Joey played for the Gabe Gauthier-coached WSHL Las Vegas Storm in 2016-17 at the Las Vegas Ice Center. Joey had 16 goals while playing for the Storm.

    GAGE QUINNEY DEALS GAME-WINNING OT ASSIST FOR CHICAGO WOLVES

    Chicago – Gage Quinney of Las Vegas dealt an OT game-winning pass to Dylan Coghlan whose powerplay goal clinched a 3-2 OT win for the AHL Chicago Wolves over the Rockford Ice Dogs at the All State Arena on Sunday night. The crowd was 9808. Gage this season has 17 goals, 19 assists, 36 points and is +6 on the ice for Chicago – an afffiliate of the NHL Vegas Golden Knights.

    COUNTDOWN CLOCK TICKING FOR UNLV REBELS AND ACHA D1 NATIONALS

    It’s crunch time for UNLV Rebels head coach Anthony Greener as his team is wiring in for the ACHA D1 Nationals in Texas. On March 19 the Rebels will take on Arizona State in a first-round game. The Countdown Clock is ticking, like loudly.

    So what’s the blueprint now?

    We asked coach Greener exactly that.

    “Monday we have a team workout. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday practices with film mixed in. Saturday we have a team building activity. Next Monday and Tuesday we practice again. We take a flight next Wednesday and practice again this time in Texas.”

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    AUSTIN MOLINE OF LAS VEGAS AND AAA L.A. KINGS 2005 GOING TO USA NATIONALS

    Austin Moline, a premier defenseman from Las Vegas, scored in the gold medal game this past weekend to help the AAA L.A. Jr Kings 2005 team win in the gold medal game and advance to USA Nationals.

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    Arch Ecker, the voice of the BCHL Wenatchee Wild, is one of the best ever at doing game broadcasts for hometown hockey teams. We asked Arch what other teams has he called games for and he replied…”the AWHL Butte Irish in 1996-2002, Helena BigHorns 2002-06, Santa Fe Roadrunners 2006-7 and then we went to Topeka with them where they played through 2015-16 and from 2016 we’ve been on the BCHL Wenatchee Wild broadcasts.”

    FLASH SATURDAY, MARCH 7 SCORE
    WSHL
    Final Score
    Las Vegas Thunderbirds 1, Fresno Monsters 7
    Las Vegas goal – Linus Lomander (Sweden) – 2nd goal of season – from Egor Khomyakov, Joe Terrana
    Shots on goal – Fresno 38-19
    Las Vegas goalie – Owen Kennedy

    FLASH FRIDAY MARCH 6 SCORES
    BCHL
    Friday Final Score – Vernon Vipers 8, Wenatchee Wild 3
    //Season comes to a close for premier defenseman Jerrett Overland of Las Vegas and the BCHL Wenatchee Wild. Vernon Vipers win the Best of of Five series, 4-1. The great Bliss Littler is the GM/Head Coach of the Wenatchee Wild for eight seasons. The Wild has a great play by play broadcaster in Arch Ecker. The crowd for this game was a big one – 1,979.

    WSHL
    Friday Final Score – Las Vegas Thunderbirds 1, Fresno Monsters 5

    //Joe Terrana scored his 20th goal of the season for the T-Birds in 3rd period; Mikhail Gerasin with the assist
    //Las Vegas had more shots 37-32
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    WSHL LAS VEGAS THUNDERBIRDS VS FRESNO MONSTERS SATURDAY

    The WSHL Las Vegas Thunderbirds are on the road Saturday, March 7 taking on the Fresno Monsters at the Gateway Ice Center. Top goal scorers for the T-Birds are Joe Terrana 20, Nikolas Sotiriou 19 and Anthony Rodriguez 18. Fresno’s season record is 33-13-2. The T-Birds in their debut season are 26-21-2. Game time is 6 pm.

    http://www.wshlstats.com/live_scoreboard.php

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    Las Vegas Weekend Goal Scorers – March 6-8, 2019
    1 – Brenden Fehlig, NA3HL Coulee Region Chill – La Crosse, Wisconsin
    1 – Linus Lomander, WSHL Las Vegas Thunderbirds
    1 – Austin Moline, AAA L.A. Jr Kings 2005
    1 – Joe Terrana, WSHL Las Vegas Thunderbirds

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    Down 3-1 in a Best of Seven playoff series premier defenseman Jerrett Overland of Las Vegas and the BCHL Wenatchee Wild are in a must win game tonight — Friday — against the Vernon Vipers at the Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee, Washington. The great Bliss Littler is the GM/Head Coach of the BCHL Wenatchee Wild. There will be $1 hot dogs and $1 soft drinks at this game.

    The Anthony Greener-coached UNLV Rebels are seeded 15th in a field of 20 teams and will take on big rival Arizona State in a first-round game in the ACHA D1 Nationals which is set March 19 at the Comercia Center – formerly known as the Dr. Pepper Center – in Frisco, Texas. ASU is seeded #18.

    Coach Greener said “…little upset winning the last three games and dropping two spots in the rankings but there is nothing we can do about it. We can use it as ammo. ASU is going to be tough for us for sure. They are a rough team with a lot of energy. We will have to play them tough and stick to our game plan. We definitely have our hands full.”

    Today’s #1 Most Read Story – A Look at UNLV’s Brendan Manning by Bethany Drysdale, Kat Craner and Christina Oka. This has been the #1 most read story for three straight weeks. Bethany Drysdale is a two-time Vegas Hockey Writer of the Year and the interviewing/writing team of Bethany, Kat and Christina is the best all-time on Vegas Hockey.

    Ash Printzen of Las Vegas scored for AAA Meijer Western Michigan girls 19u in a big 3-2 OT win over Honeybaked girls 19u in a Michigan State Playoff Game..

    The Golden Ones – the Wally Lacroix-coached AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u – will take on the AA L.A. Jr Kings 16u in Las Vegas on March 21 (9:15 am Sobe Ice Arena, 3:30 pm Las Vegas Ice Center) and March 22 9:15 am faceoff at the Sobe Ice Arena…Jimmy Samuels, who played youth hockey in Las Vegas and later played a season with ACHA D3 Kansas University, will graduate from KU this spring with a degree in Film….. The Ticker is told that Las Vegas goal scorer Vito Carlo, out since the loss of his dear hockey mom Rosie, will be back onto the ice next season….Michael McNicholas of Las Vegas during the weekend scored his 10th goal of the season and dealt an assist for the ECHL Maine Mariners in a 6-4 loss to the South Carolina Stingrays…..It looks like the new AHL Golden Knights minor league team will play at The Orleans Arena here in town next season. The Golden Knights bought the AHL San Antonio Rampage franchise..RIP to #88 Sean Fox, a tremendous Las Vegas player in his era for Rob Pallin-coached tier teams. There is an family rememberence for him – Sean passed in 2018.

This is It -UNLV Plays Its Final Home Games This Weekend at City National Arena

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UNLV Rebels head coach Anthony Greener on the bench sizing up a situation on the ice.

Tuesday, Feb 18, 2020

UNLV’s Top 5 Goal Scorers

Goals

16 – Paxton Malone – 32 career goals

12 – John Moeller

12 – Kane Toriumi

9 – Brendan Manning

7 – Jayson Dimizio

7 – Hunter Muzzillo

7 – Jared Turcotte

7 – Kirk Underwood

Special to Vegas Hockey

Las Vegas – Oh, how the time flies.

These will be the final regular season games for the nationally-ranked UNLV Rebels who take on #22 ranked Oakland on Friday and Saturday nights at the City National Arena.

UNLV, coached by Anthony Greener, is coming off two destructive wins over #14 ranked Arizona State.

The Rebels are 17-12-1 overall including their great 14-5-0 record on home ice at City National Arena. Each game this weekend has a 7 pm start time.

Following these games a field of 20 teams will be announced for the ACHA D1 Nationals

Heath Mensch 3 Goals – Zack Ortolano A+++ in Net – Defense ‘Tweaked’ – AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u – The Golden Ones – Win the Gold

Monday, Feb 17, 2020

Flash Final Score from Las Vegas Ice Center

President’s Day Tournament

AA 16u

Gold Medal Game

AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 7

AA Texas Tigers 2

//John Sinagra scored the first goal for the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights. Heath Mensch, who has been on an all-out scoring rampage for weeks, had 3 goals. Anthony Juric, Ian Williams and Micah Williamson each scored as well. This was an explosive performance for the Wally Lacroix-coached AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights who lost 2-1 to Texas earlier in this tournament at the SoBe Ice Arena.

//Zackary Ortolano was in the net today for Vegas.

//Coach Lacroix said “…our young men responded. The compete level was amazing. We changed a couple of things on the defensive side of the ice – but all the credit goes to to the young men for implicating the different system and structure we asked for. Coach Todd (Owen) and myself couldn’t be prouder….Texas was way better than what the final score showed. They were a solid structured team and we took them out of their game with our D.”

Austin Moline of Las Vegas Scores OT/Shootout Game-Winner for AAA L.A. Jr Kings Team 2005

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Blaine, Minnesota – Austin Moline of Las Vegas and AAA L.A. Jr Kings team 2005 scored a dramatic game-winning goal in an OT/Shootout against the AAA Dallas Stars in a Tier 1 Elite League Final 4 playoff game. The Kings won 3-2. The win moves Austin and AAA L.A. Jr Kings in a gold medal game showdown Monday against big rival AAA Anaheim Ducks. Austin has 18 goals this season.

Monday – Get Ready for This One – AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u and High Octane AA Texas Tigers 16u Will Play for President’s Day Gold at the Ice Center

Sunday, Feb 16, 2020

Vegas Jr Golden Knights

5 Stars

#1 CHASE MCCROSSAN

#2 MICAH WILLIAMSON

#3 IAN WILLIAMS

#4 ZACKARY ORTOLANO

#5 WILLIAM JACOB

AA VEGAS JR GOLDEN KNIGHTS 16U SHUT DOWN AA NORTHWEST ADMIRALS TO ADVANCE TO GOLD MEDAL GAME ON MONDAY 10 AM

By Lee Samuels

Las Vegas – See what smart ultra skill play and tremendous goal-tending can do. 

That is what the Wally Lacroix-coached AA Jr Golden Knights 16u – the Golden Ones – found out when they battled through choppy waters at both ends of the ice to beat the larger hulking AA Northwest Admirals by 5-0 on the North Rink of the Las Vegas Ice Center on Sunday night. The Jr Golden Knights swarmed about in their organized structure to work past the physicality and roughness from the Admirals.

And just before this game the very skilled and fast AA Texas Tigers 16u had to work through a swamp of extremely rough play to beat the Palm Beach  Hawks to take a ride to the gold medal game.

So here we have what winning gold medals are all about – the best two teams AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights and the Texas Tigers will play for the President’s Day Tournament crown on Monday here at the Las Vegas Ice Center.

It was Las Vegas sniper Chase McCrossan who got it all started on Sunday night when skated hard toward the Admirals net and ignited an explosive top shelf blast of a shot which scored the first goal for the Vegas Jr Golden Knights.

Later Micah Williamson took off on a blue-streak high speed sprint to score a decisive goal.

And, the Jr Golden Knights got another tremendous game from big game goalie Zachary Ortolano.

It was all good for the home team.

Now the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights must deal with the explosive AA Texas Tigers on Monday, 10 am, for the gold.

From the Blue Line – Is it me or does Heath Mensch play an awesome game whenever he is on the ice – like, every shift….That’s Harris Whissel keeping cool when skating deep into danger zones on the ice….Zachary Ortolano is an awesome goalie. He has a big future in the sport of hockey. 

Vegas Jr Golden Knights Goals

VGK – Chase McCrossan from William Jacob

VGK – Heath Mensch from Anthony Juric, John Purdy

VGK – Micah Williamson

VGK – Anthony Mazza from Anthony Juric

VGK – Ian Williams from Micah Williamson

Goalie – Zackary Ortolano

Sunday – Gage Quinney and AHL Chicago Wolves Win 3-2

Flash Update – Chicago Wolves win 3-2 in OT. Gage had an assist and was +1 on the ice before a hometown crowd of 6840

Sunday, Feb 16, 2020

Rosemont, Illinois – Gage Quinney of Las Vegas and the AHL Chicago Wolves are in action tonight against the Cleveland Monsters here at the Rosemont Arena. Gage, who played youth hockey at the Las Vegas Ice Center, this season has 14 goals, 17 assists for 31 points. Outside the arena during the game it will be clear, very cold – in the 25-degree area.

Sunday – AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u Advance to Gold Medal Game on Monday

Sunday, Feb 16, 2020

President’s Day Tournament

Las Vegas Ice Center

FINAL FOUR

AA 16u

Sunday Evening 

Final

 Texas Tigers 7, Palm Beach Hawks 0

Final

Vegas Jr Golden Knights 5, Northwest Admirals 0

Sunday 

AA 16u

Final Score

AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 4, AHSHA Arizona Premier 16u 1

Las Vegas scoring

LV – Harris Whissel from Chase McCrossan 

LV – Ian Williams

LV – Chase McCrossan 

LV – John Sinagra from Chase McCrossan, Harris Whissel

LV goalie – Colton Miller

Final – UNLV Rebels 5, #14 Arizona State 1 — Rebels Sweep Weekend Series

Flash Update

City National Arena

ACHA D1

Final Score

#14 Arizona State 1

UNLV Rebels 5

UNLV – Bas Assaf from Paxton Malone, John Moeller – Assaf’s 100th point as a Rebel

UNLV – Colin Robin – 1st goal as a Rebel

UNLV – Nick Flanders from Jayson Dimizio

UNLV – Jayson Dimizio from Jake Saxe, Kirk Underwood

UNLV – Brendan Manning from Jayson Dimizio

//Arizona State came out with extremely hard checking which carried over into the second period…UNLV’s premier goalie Dave Anderson, a tranfer from ACHA D1 Jamestown, awesome in all three periods….massive hometown crowd…UNLV closes out its home schedule next weekend vs #23 Oakland University here at City National Arena.

 

VEGAS JR GOLDEN KNIGHTS WIN 3-0 AT THE FAMOUS QUEBEC INTERNATIONAL PEE WEE TOURNAMENT

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Quebec – Captain James Nehring, Rockland Babcock and Collin Spencer scored for the Vegas Jr Golden Knights in a 3-0 win over Evry-Viry Paris in an opening game of the Quebec International Peewee Tournament.

Clayton Stoner is the head coach of the Vegas Jr Golden Knights.

Goal-tending for this game was split for Las Vegas – Kameron Laskaska worked the first half, then was relieved by Varkis Baligian.

Nehring’s first goal of the game was in the second period, then the Vegas Jr Golden Knights peewees battled their way to the big opening game win.

Scoring

VGK – James Nehring from Kaden Israel

VGK – Rockland Babcock from Caden Grestini, Anze Gudino

VGK – Collin Spencer from Finn McNabb, Tommy Trent