Kayla Faasse

Returning to the ice six months after the program’s best run at the ACHA National Tournament, UNLV has continued to put its name out there, concluding the first half of the 2022-23 season with an 11-2 league record.

The Skatin’ Rebels kicked off the season with the mindset of continuing the greatness from last season, looking to spread the program’s name and earn a National Championship title.

UNLV returns to the ice after holiday break sitting comfortably as the No. 4 ranked team in the league, ranked just below Liberty University- a similar standing to last year.

Cole Wyatt sits at the top of the leaderboard with five goals and 18 assists (23 points), above Nick Flanders (6-10-16) and Bradley Golant (7-8-15).

Zach Wickson has appeared in net six times for the Rebels, earning a 5-1 record with 14 goals against (2.33 GAA) and a save percentage of 0.911 with 144 saves.

Landon Pavlisin has appeared in net five times for the Rebels, earning a 4-1 record with 13 goals against (2.6 GAA) and a save percentage of 0.912 with 134 saves.

Oct. 1, NCAA D1 University of Denver

Intending to demonstrate the Rebels’ skill set on the ice, UNLV traveled to Colorado to take on the defending NCAA Division I National Champions in an exhibition match. Despite a hard-fought battle from the ACHA team, UNLV caught itself in trouble late in last period, unfortunately ending the game 10- 0.

Oct. 2, University of Central Oklahoma 

A last-minute addition to the schedule, the Rebels conquered the Bronchos in a vengeful 5-2 victory. After a tough previous season against UCO, UNLV saw a satisfying win with forward Cole Wyatt making the first goal 17:18 into the first period.

Michael Boutoussov saw a goal in the second period. He is the only Rebel who has scored a goal against the Bronchos in every battle since joining UNLV. Newcomer Jaxsen Wyatt scored his first goal as a Rebel, assisted by Hunter Muzzillo and Paxton Malone.

The victory boosted confidence as UNLV headed home to start the ACHA schedule on a high note.

Oct. 7-8, University of Utah 

During a “Home means Henderson” weekend, the Rebels swept the Utes in two new ice rinks. The first win came in front of a 1,635 crowd at The Dollar Loan Center Arena for a 3-2 final score.

After struggling to get their footing in the first ten minutes of the game, NCAA Division I transfer Robert McCollum evened the score with a power-play goal.

An uneventful second period led to McCollum scoring early in the third to tie the game. UNLV scored the game-winning goal with less than two minutes left by Golant.

The following night, the two teams faced off at Lifeguard Arena, where the Rebels took a 6-2 win.

Pavlisin made his debut for the Rebels, earning a 0.9167 save percentage. Transfers Azzaro Tinling and Mattias Dal Monte saw their first goals in the Scarlet and Gray.

Oct. 14-15, NCAA D1 University of Alaska-Anchorage

UNLV traveled north for a two-game exhibition series, falling to the Seawolves both nights but still proving itself as an NCAA Division I contender.

The Rebels were mentally beaten during the Friday night contest, falling 8-0 to the Seawolves. Saturday’s game saw fifth-year Jayson DiMizio score the night’s first goal, assisted by Cole Wyatt. The goal and keeping UAA out of the net for the first 38 minutes were small victories for the program.

Between the poles, Pavlisin saved 31-of-33 shots faced as he held onto a 0.9394 save percentage. The night’s final score was a 2-1 loss for the Scarlet and Gray.

Oct. 27-29, Arizona State University

Finally, back at City National Arena, the Rebels faced off against the Sun Devils, surrounded by UNLV Greek Life students and fans for the annual Midnight Madness game. In front of the high-energy crowd, UNLV came out on top 2-1.

The night’s first goal came from Dal Monte as a power-play goal. Tinling entered the box for two minutes on interference in the second period, and DiMizio scored an unassisted short-handed goal to secure the win.

Saturday’s game hosted a Trunk or Treat tailgate followed by an afternoon puck drop and a 9-4 triumph over ASU. The Rebels started hot with a 4-0 lead in the first period. Riley Jensen scored his first goal in the Scarlet and Gray.

With a goal in the first period and two consecutively in the second, Tinling earned a hat trick and first star of the night.

Nov. 11-12, University of Colorado

Adding onto the win streak, the Rebels swept the Colorado Buffaloes coming off a bye-week. A 7-3 triumph at Friday night’s contest had Strong’s first goal as a Skatin’ Rebel.

Both teams saw penalty trouble during the game as UNLV had a Tinling power-play goal and a Golant short-handed goal, while the Buffaloes’ three goals all came on power plays.

Saturday night had a 3-1 Rebel win, with Wickson preventing the Buffaloes from scoring in the first 52 minutes of the game.

No. 16, NCAA D1 University of Alaska-Anchorage

The Rebels faced off against the Seawolves for the third time, only this time it was on home ice at The Dollar Loan Center. Despite a relentless battle, UNLV fell 3-1 to Anchorage.

With no time wasted, the Seawolves scored on the first shot 19 seconds into the game, setting up the pace. Regardless of the early goal, the Rebels continued to play hard and held Anchorage to a single point throughout the next 55 minutes.

A roaring crowd of roughly 2,000 fans erupted with 4:47 to go as Alec Johnson scored a tying goal.

Two minutes later, Anchorage scored again, followed by an empty net goal. Pavlisin held on to a 93.75% save percentage with 30-out-of-32 saves.

Nov. 18-19, Liberty University 

Two days after their loss at The Dollar Loan Center, the Skatin’ Rebels faced off against rivals the Flames, falling in two straight games. The losses concluded UNLV’s ACHA winning streak.

Friday night’s game had a 6-2 loss, with both goals coming in the first period on power plays by Alec Johnson and Jensen.

Saturday night had a 5-2 loss, with both goals coming in the third period by McCollum, and Kyle Quinn’s first goal of the year.

Dec. 3-4, Grand Canyon University 

Looking to bounce back after the sweep, the Rebels traveled to Arizona to take on the Lopes, returning home with a 5-2 victory.

Alec Johnson broke the 2-2 tie in the second period with a goal. Then, in the third period, Golant scored a power-play goal, followed by an empty net goal by DiMizio in the final two minutes.

Game two had roughly five minutes of action on the ice, with a UNLV goal, but it quickly ended.

Due to intense fog and flooding within the facility, the referees canceled the remainder of the game, rescheduling for Thursday, Feb. 16, with a 7:30 p.m. MST puck drop.

Dec. 8-10, Vegas Showcase 

UNLV hosted three schools to conclude the first half of the season at City National Arena for the Vegas Showcase, slipping into the holiday break with a 3-0 finish.

Against San Diego State, the Rebels played a full 60-minute game of hockey for a 16-0 victory. Brendan Fehlig came out with a bang, securing a hat trick which included scoring his first goal of the season. Alec Johnson also bagged a hat trick in the 3rd period.

Max Beller scored his first goal in the Scarlet and Gray, along with Jaedin Ness and Max Johnson achieving their first goals of the year. UNLV made 78 shots on goal, and the game was Wickson’s first ACHA shutout.

The following night saw a battle against Canisius College, where UNLV skated away with a 13-1 victory. Despite starting on a power play due to unsportsmanlike conduct during warm-ups against Luke Burke, he scored the first goal on a Rebel power play.

Vince Benedetto played between the poles for his first ACHA game of the season. He made 20-of-21 saves (95.23%).

The final game was a faceoff against Oregon, with UNLV taking the 4-1 win. Fehlig scored the night’s first goal, followed by Malone, Golant, and Alec Johnson, scoring a goal each in the third period.

Up Next

The Skatin’ Rebels return to action Jan. 13-14 against Arizona at Tucson Arena with a 7:30 p.m. MST puck drop on both nights.

Fans can watch UNLV at City National Arena on Jan. 27-28 against the University of Oklahoma, featuring a 7 p.m. PST puck drop on both nights.

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