UNLV Hockey returns to Las Vegas with a 7-0 ACHA record to take on Alaska-Anchorage at the Dollar Loan Center, followed by a two-game series against Liberty.
“The guys are doing well and we have a lot of depth,” assistant coach Nick Robone said. “So we’re having this stretch of games for some really quality opponents should help prepare us down the road during the season.”
UNLV faced off against Anchorage twice earlier this year, falling 0-2 against the NCAA Division I school.
A mini success came during the second game, as forward Jayson DiMizio scored the first goal of the night. Goaltender Landon Pavlisin kept the Rebels close to a victory, as they dropped 2-1.
Pavlisin saved 31-of-33 shots faced, skating away with a 0.9394 save percentage.
“Execution will be the biggest thing for us, we’re gonna have to make sure that we play every aspect of the game with 100% focus,” Robone said. “We got a great team. In order for us to be able to compete and be able to, hopefully pull out a win, we’re gonna have to be at our best.”
The Rebels faced off against the Liberty Flames four times during the 2021-22 season, walking away with a 3-1 record.
Overall, the Rebels scored 13 goals against the Flames, while Liberty made 11 goals throughout the four games.
Defenseman Alec Johnson was the top scorer against Liberty last year, recording three goals and an assist (four points).
Defensively, goaltender Zach Wickson saw the ice for 3-of-4 games against the Flames with 78-of-82 saves (95%). Vince Benedetto was in the net for the third game at LaHaye Ice Center, making 32-of-39 saves (82%).
Last Season, Liberty saw Hunter Virostek in the net for all four games, making 141-of-153 saves (92.15%).
The Skatin’ Rebels are entering the week with an overall ACHA record of 7-0, on the other hand, Liberty will be entering the week 9-4.
“We seemed to develop a nice little rivalry with Liberty here throughout the course of last year,” Robone said. “So, for us to be able to host them at City National Arena, should be some great games for our fans to see.”
The Rebels have made 35 goals (5 per game), while only allowing 15 against them (2 per game). Compared to the Flames’ 68 goals (5 per game) and 35 allowed (2.69 per game) in 13 games of action.
The Skatin’ Rebels host the Anchorage Seawolves on Wednesday (Nov. 16) at the Dollar Loan Center featuring a 7 p.m. puck drop.
UNLV will return to City National Arena Nov. 18-19, both with a 7 p.m. puck drop, to host Liberty.
Prior to the series against Liberty, the Flames will face off against Anchorage on Nov. 17 at the Dollar Loan Center.
“I think the day off between games is definitely something that should be able to help our guys rest up and be ready to go for a really tough series versus liberty on Friday and Saturday night,” Robone said.
Tickets for the Dollar Loan Center game can be purchased here.
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