Skatin’ Rebels split weekend series against Colorado University
September 25, 2017
By Megan Edmunds
UNLV Hockey added a win and a loss to its record this past weekend after splitting the series against Colorado University. On Friday, CU took the win by a 3-0 final and UNLV retaliated with a 3-2 win on Saturday. Ben Giesbrecht was between the pipes for the Skatin’ Rebels both games.
The first period was scoreless for both teams on Friday, but the deadlock was broken when Colorado scored with five minutes remaining in the second period. UNLV battled back with some close attempts at tying the game but had no luck. Colorado extended their lead to 2-0 with a minute and a half remaining in the game, and then scored an empty netter after to make it 3-0 after the Skatin’ Rebels pulled Giesbrecht for an extra attacker. Giesbrecht had 23 saves on 25 shots faced.
On Saturday, the Skatin’ Rebels showed their resiliency by bouncing back from the previous night’s game, this time scoring the first goal of the game just one minute in, off the stick of Matt Painchaud. They held Colorado scoreless through the remainder of the period. UNLV scored quick into the second period as well, this time with a goal from Elijiah Barriga. CU scored one at the tail end of the period. The third period was a battle back and forth, with Cody Williams scoring the eventual game-winner for UNLV, followed by CU narrowing their deficit to 3-2 less than thirty seconds later. Giesbrecht saved 24 out of 26 shots.
Head coach Anthony Vignieri-Greener mentioned after Saturday’s win that the main message to the team heading into Saturday’s game was to put Friday’s loss behind them.
“We had less than 24 hours of turnaround time between games which was kind of good,” he said. “The message was to forget about last night but look at today and prove yourselves today.
Last season’s leading goal scorer Cody Williams mentioned that the support from the standing room only crowd led to more ambition and drive for the team this weekend.
“It was pretty cool to see, and it was the biggest crowd most of us have seen in school history,” he said. “When they’re loud, we get amped up. The home crowd advantage is there for a reason, so we take advantage of it when we can.”
The Skatin’ Rebels look for your continued support in packing the stands throughout the season. The team has this upcoming weekend off and will return to action on Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7 at City National Arena to kick off a weekend series against the University of Utah. Both games are set to begin at 7:30 p.m.
Photo courtesy of Beth Parrish