UNLV Hockey extinguished the Liberty Flames in a two-game series with its first shootout victory of the season and a 6-2 win the second night.

With the two wins, UNLV advances to 15-2 overall for the ACHA season for eight straight victories. Liberty drops to 12-8-1 and four straight losses.

“Obviously, you want to have some type of ‘revenge’, but at the same time, it’s really just about playing your best hockey in March,” assistant coach Nick Robone said. “I think that that’s what we’re ultimately trying to do and we’re on the right path to do it.”

Friday, Jan. 20

After a hard-fought battle, the Skatin’ Rebels entered their first shootout of the season for a 4-2 triumph.

The period kicked off with Flames’ Jackson Vercellono earning two minutes for slashing. While on the power play, Alec Johnson sent the puck past goaltender Hunter Virostek assisted by Jake Berry and Jayson DiMizio.

Brett Gammer tied the game up seven minutes later for the Flames.

Jaedin Ness tucked the puck in for a goal in his second straight game with less than two minutes left on the clock to give the Rebels a 2-1 lead. The goal saw assists from Jaedin Ness and Riley Jensen.

The second period only saw one goal, as Daniel Schwenke took advantage on a power-play after DiMizio served two minutes for hooking.

With no scoring action in the third period, the two teams headed into overtime, that turned into a shootout competition.

“We have a lot of confidence in our guys so we felt that we could put any guys out there and they’d get the job done for us,” assistant coach Colin Robin said. “We know that when we play our game it doesn’t matter what the score is- we’re gonna have a dominant effort and have a very good chance to win games.”

Liberty was first to take a shot, going head-to-head with Landon Pavlisin, who denied the Flames’ first two shots.

For UNLV, the first skater was Cole Wyatt, who notched it past Virostek.

After Lazarus Kaebel slipped the puck into the net to give the Flames a glimmer of light, it was down to one final skater for each bench.

Vercellono sent the puck directly into Pavlisin’s glove for a save, while Alec Johnson shot the game-winning goal.

Alec Johnson was named first star of the night for his two goals. Pavlisin faced 43 shots for 45 saves (0.956 sv%) with three shootout saves to earn second star of the night. Third star went to Cole Wyatt for his shootout performance.

Saturday, Jan. 21

The Skatin’ Rebels dominated in a 6-2 victory against the Flames for game two in front of a hostile Midnight Madness crowd of 3,000 fans at LaHaye Ice Center.

“The guys enjoy and love being able to play [in a hostile crowd],” Robin said. “It’s just helpful for us… a lot of the guys love having the opportunity to play games like this with a whole fan base and in their own rink.”

A change in net occurred for Liberty, with freshman Jackson Glassford taking his first start between the poles for the Flames.

Pavlisin took his fourth straight start in net for the Scarlet and Gray, along with the same starting lineup from the previous night on the ice.

Max Johnson scored 4:44 into the game, assisted by Jaxsen Wyatt and Kyle Quinn.

Later in the period, Quinn took a two minute penalty for tripping. In the final 30 seconds of the power play, Colin Baird slid the puck into the net to even out the score before intermission.

After Glassford skated out of the crease to confront Bradley Golant four minutes into the second period, a fight broke out resulting in DiMizio leaving the ice with a major misconduct.

Grant Smith served the five minute penalty in the box, while Brett Gammer saw two minutes for roughing and Joe Clark served in place of Glassford for delay of game.

Berry scored his first goal of the season with a 4-on-3 advantage to commence a second period scoring frenzy.

Azzaro Tinling knocked one in, assisted by Hunter Muzzillo and Alec Johnson. Shortly after, Riley Jensen scored off Mattias Dal Monte and Pavlisin to give UNLV a 4-1 lead.