UNLV Rebels Final Five Games Are Away From Home

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2019

UNLV’s Final Five games of the regular season are on the road beginning this week. Following these games – and presuming all goes well – #11 UNLV will be in the ACHA D1 Championships for the second straight season.

Thursday, Feb 21 – at #22 Colorado State 7 pm local time

Friday, Feb 22 – at #19 Colorado, 7 pm

Saturday, Feb 23  – at #19 Colorado, 7 pm

March 1 – at #14 Stony Brook, 9 pm

March 2 – at #14 Stony Brook, 8:30 pm

March 21 – 31 – ACHA D1 National Championships, Frisco, Texas

Steven Avalone of Las Vegas and Kindersley Klippers Stun Humboldt Broncos 4-0 in Massive Road Win

Monday, Feb 18, 2019

Humboldt, Saskatchewan – Steven Avalone of Las Vegas and the SJHL Kindersley Klippers stunned the Humboldt Broncos 4-0 in a battle of division leaders here at the Elgar Peterson Arena. Kindersley is a division leader with a record of 33-14-3, Humboldt is in 2nd place with a record of 34-17-2. The crowd was 1276. Steven, an ultra-skilled defenseman, has one goal, six assists for seven points this season.

JJ Williamson, William Jacob Score – Zachary Ortolano Strong in Net – AA Las Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u Win Gold in 2-1 Thriller

President’s Day, 2019

By Lee Samuels

Las Vegas – In an all-out historic battle for the gold, William Jacob and JJ Williamson scored and goalie Zachary Ortolano was ultra-strong in the net to help the Wally Lacroix-coached AA Las Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u win and capture the President’s Day gold medal today at the Las Vegas Ice Center.

Las Vegas beat a very strong AA Hockey Central Panthers 16u of Alberta 2-1 in a game which was decided in the final moments. The Panthers came into this tournament with a 24-1-5 record.

William Jacob of Las Vegas scored early, scorching a shot from the right side, and then teammate JJ Williamson got the game-winner from short-range with about 1:45 left in the game.

It was a hard, clean, tactical battle with hardly any penalties. Vegas captain Trent Carter helped clear pucks from danger areas, sending pucks down outside lanes. Vegas goalies Ortolano and Colton Miller have had awesome seasons for the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u who got their biggest win of the season here today.

Las Vegas went 3-0-1 here this weekend.

Lacroix said after the gold medal game “everyone on our club competed at a high level and believed in each other.

“When we talked about this game we talked about having a complete game from start to finish. Our entire team played well including players who didn’t have as much ice time as others.

“So proud of them today.

“I thought the young men on our team bought into what coach Todd (Owen) and myself teach – believing in the systems and following through – an amazing thing to see in a game like this.

“We also spoke about the team which makes the least mistakes is the team which usually wins.”

From the Blue Line – The Matt Johnson-coached AA Las Vegas Jr Golden Knights bantam team made it to the gold medal game and wound up in a high octane battle against the Alaska Oilers. The game was 1-1 after regulation, then Alaska – with an unreal massive crowd packed into the North Rink at the Ice Center – scored in OT to win it 2-1.  Micah Williamson scored earlier for Las Vegas. Ken Curtis and Matthew Lackas got the assists…. Max Madison, goalie for Vegas, was awesome in this exciting high-speed battle. Matt Johnson is a premier youth hockey coach here in Las Vegas. 

For The Love of Hockey – Getting Onto the Ice – Learn to Play Program – By Bethany Drysdale


By Bethany Drysdale

Las Vegas – Inspiration can come from many places and different times in a person’s life. Recently, I was inspired to try something new. It could be an early mid-life crisis, or perhaps an attempt to prove something to myself, but as a birthday gift, I am now enrolled at City National Arena’s Women’s Learn to Play Program. The six week session is currently enrolling, to begin on March 4 at 7:30pm. The program is designed to teach women, 18 and older, the fundamentals of the game, game like situations, and advance participants on to playing recreational hockey. Experience of all levels is welcomed, so I am giving it my best shot (get it, shot, ok bad joke).

I am planning on journaling my sessions each week here on Vegashockey.net. I have no expectations of how I will do, but I want to show others that if I can do it, so can they. The NHL has a motto, “hockey is for everyone,” and it truly is for everyone. To prepare myself for the experience, I have been skating a few times each week with my kids, to get used to my skates and feel more confident on the ice. My next task was to purchase the required full equipment needed to attend the class. As a family on one income, buying on a budget has been our best way to get gear. The Arsenal does sell adult starter packs, but they are out of our price range. So I started looking on Ebay, Sideline Swap, and clearance sales on different hockey websites.

My hockey stick is a Warrior Alpha, senior shaft that was broken. I am 5’7” and needed more of an intermediate sized stick. This was perfect for me. I spent $15 on the shaft and bought a blade on clearance for $5. Using a good saw, I cut off the splintered end, and attached the new blade. With the addition of a Yeti grip, my stick is sturdy and taped. There is no way I am ever going to play pro at any level, so buying a stick over $50 was not necessary. My size is also my advantage when buying. I only weigh 115 pounds, so I am roughly the size of a junior male as far as pads go. Junior equipment is typically cheaper than senior sized products. I have been able to find good, nearly new shoulder pads, elbow pads, hockey pants, and shin guards for very reasonable cost. Even skates, helmets, gloves, and socks are easy to find new or used for a good price.

Playing hockey does not have to be scary. I am truly looking forward to learning new things and challenging myself. For my two boys, ages 5 and 3, who are in the learn to skate program, I preach safety. When they see Mommy wearing protective equipment, it reinforces the notion that safety is part of the game. And if any readers would like to come out and watch, please do. Even if you cannot skate, I am sure it will be fun to learn more about the game.

AA Las Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u in President’s Day Tournament Gold Medal Game in a Major Matchup on Monday 12:30 pm at the Las Vegas Ice Center

Monday, Feb 18, 2019

Las Vegas – Coach Wally Lacroix’ AA Las Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u are in the President’s Day Tournament gold medal game taking on the AA Hockey Central Panthers of Alberta, Canada, on Monday 12:30 pm at the Las Vegas Ice Center. Both teams are 2-0-1 after battling to a 2-2 tie yesterday at the Sobe Ice Arena. Colton Miller and Zackary Ortolano are the goalies for Las Vegas.

AA Hockey Central Panthers came into this tournament with a season record of 24-1-5.

Lacroix said “we played a great game against the Panthers, a very good team. We were down two goals, came back to tie. One thing is for sure, we will compete and do our best on Monday.”

AA Las Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u

9-0 over Ontario Moose

6-0 over OCHC2

2-2 vs Hockey Central Panthers

Gold Medal Game – Monday

Las Vegas Jr Golden Knights vs Hockey Central Panthers – Alberta, Canada


Las Vegas goal scorers include:


5 – Ian Williams

3 – Jacob Underhill

3 – JJ Williamson

2 – Trent Carter

2 – Tristan Toth

1 – William Jacob

1 – Anthony Mazza



For The Love of Hockey – UNLV’s Mighty Win on Senior Night Thrills All – Particularly Seniors Cody Williams and Joseph Kaszupski – By Bethany Drysdale

Saturday, February, 16, 2019

By Bethany Drysdale

Las Vegas – Senior Night at City National Arena brought all of the intense action one might expect with a team that wanted to give Captain Cody Williams and Alternate Captain Joseph Kaszupski a final win on home ice. Starting his third night in a row was goaltender Ben Giesbrecht who held a shutout for the full 60 minutes, saving 27 shots. The Rebels brought their fast, energized pace to start the first period. Fittingly, it was Cody Williams who scored the first unassisted goal at 11:20 to give the Rebels a 1-0 lead. Finding an opening above Jimmie’s goaltender Brouwer’s shoulder, this was Williams’ third shot in a five minute time period. Kane Toriumi scored the Rebels second goal at the 4:50 mark near the end of the first period. He came in fast to the slot, with a forehanded shot which handcuffed Brouwer who could not control the puck. At the end of the first period the shots on goal favored the Rebels with 13 to the Jimmies 7.

The second period was full of action, but no scoring. The two teams traded penalities throughout the period, but neither could score. The frustration led to some heated tempers. With 7:14 left in the second, UNLV’s Jared Turcotte was hit from behind, late, knocking his helmet off. Fists were thrown by both teams. It should be noted that it was the game against Jamestown in November that UJ defenseman Cole Sonstebo reportedly yelled something at Rebel D’Andre John. When the fight here in the second period was sorted out Cole was ejected from the game, as well as D’Aandre John for matching game misconducts. The game resumed with more Rebels shots on goal, but no scoring change to end the second. Shots on goal still favored the Rebels at 23 to the Jimmies 16.

Starting the third the teams traded power plays. Coming in on a three on one rush, the Rebels pounded a rebound home on a backbreaking power play. A fight ensued after the goal. Senior Joe Kaszupski scored the Rebels third goal of the game, keeping the momentum in favor of UNLV. Paxton Malone, on a two on zero breakaway, buried one behind Brouwer, over a shoulder to give the Rebels a 4-0 lead with 9:38 left in the game. Another scrum in the Rebels end led to a five minute major to the Rebels Tommy Harrison with 6:52 left to play. This gave the Jimmies a five on four. A Jamestown tripping penalty evened up their advantage to a four on four with 3:20 left in the game. The victory was sweet and very much earned by UNLV.

The Rebels travel to Colorado State University on February 21 and then to University of Colorado on February 22 and 23. All games can be viewed on You Tube Live. Follow the Rebels on social media to get the link and you will never have to miss any action, as the Rebels finish up their regular season in two weeks.

Bethany Drysdale was voted by our readers as Best Writer here on Vegas Hockey