UNLV remains undefeated at City National Arena as they break out offensively against the Utah Utes to improve the Skatin’ Rebels home record to 6-0.
UNLV Insider: Steven Marsh
Friday Night: Utah 3, UNLV 7
UNLV recorded the only goal of the 1st period as Jared Turcotte and Tristan Mayer help set up Kane Tourimi’s goal to go up 1-0.
The second period began with a Utah power play goal to even the game at one. Not long after the Utes tied the game up, Jake Berry with the help of Nick Flanders regained the UNLV lead with a power play goal of their own. Utah did tie the game back up later in the period to even things up at two. From then on, the Rebels took over control of this game as they scored the next three goals to end the 2nd period. Goals from Kirk Underwood, D’Andre John and Paxton Malone made it 5-2 Rebels.
After a Utah goal in the third period to trim the lead back down to two, Hunter Muzzillo and Jared Turcotte would find the back of the net for UNLV to extend the lead to 7-3. Starting Goaltender Dorian Laganiere would secure the win for UNLV, stopping 25 of 28 shots he faced in the game.
Saturday Night: Utah 2, UNLV 10
On Saturday night, it was a different matchup in net as Erik Eidssen got the start for UNLV and Landon Anderson made his first collegiate start for the Utes.
After the first period concluded, it was Anderson who was winning the battle as he and the Utes defense kept UNLV off the scoreboard. Utah would be able to get one past Eidssen and went to the locker room up 1-0.
UNLV decided to wake up in the second period and the barrage was on, and it didn’t take long. Not even a minute into the 2nd period, Jake Berry found Hunter Muzzillo, who was able to fire it past Anderson while on a UNLV power play to tie this one up at one. Roughly five minutes later, Jayson Dimizio would assist on a goal by Kirk Underwood to take a 2-1 lead, a lead they would not relinquish. Shortly after, the fun continued for the Rebels as Nick Flanders would record his first goal of the weekend series, and first of his collegiate career, with the captain Eric Williams and Daniel Fisher recording assists on the goal. It would not take long for the Rebels to get their fourth goal as Paxton Malone, who has emerged as a top scorer for UNLV this season would get his first of the night to give the Rebels a 4-1 lead. A few minutes later, UNLV would get their fifth goal of the period, as Eric Wiliams and David Sovik set up Angelos Tsalafos’s goal. Things would get worse for Utah as the goaltender Anderson got hurt on the play and could not continue. Make matters worse, the goaltender from the night before also was hurt so the Utes had no choice but to put in a forward in between the pipes. And the Rebels capitalized for three more goals in the period as Eric Williams, Sean Plonski and Hunter Muzzillo (2nd of night) all beat Andrew Urch.
The third period saw Paxton Malone add a couple of goals to finish the game with a hat trick. However, Urch, for the Utes actually made some pretty good stops in the third period to keep UNLV from scoring even more as he was looking a little bit more confident in net in the third period. A late goal in the third period would give Utah their second and final goal of the game and UNLV finishes the game with a 10-2 win and a 46-16 shots on goal advantage.
Erik Eidssen wasn’t tested a whole lot in this game but made 14 saves on the 16 Utah Utes shots in this one.
Rebels are now 6-0 at home and 8-1 overall and will welcome in Midland University for a pair of games at City National Arena this weekend to finish off the homestand. Both Friday and Saturday’s game starts at 7pm.
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