LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Midland University’s men’s hockey team went out west to Las Vegas, Nevada this past weekend looking to score a few quality wins but lady luck was not on their side as they suffered a pair of losses to University of Nevada-Las Vegas. The Warriors fell to the Rebels 7-2 on Friday and 8-1 on Saturday.
Friday’s game saw the Rebels jump out early, taking an early 3-0 lead after the first period. Colton Jones would score on the power play for Midland in the second to make it 3-1 but moment later UNLV would get the goal back with one of their own.
Midland would get a two-man advantage as time ran down in the second. Things worked again for the Warriors power play as Luke Sanko scored with 1:01 left in the period to make the score a manageable 4-2 after 40 minutes of play.
In the third period though UNLV found a way past the Midland goalie scoring three goals to seal the win, 7-2. They finished with double the shots on net as the Warriors, 34-17.
In the series finale UNLV got things going quickly, scoring just 30 seconds into the game and then added to that lead twice more before the halfway point of the period. After 20 minutes of play the score was 5-0 in favor the Rebels.
Midland avoided the shutout with a goal by Fletcher Chun in the second but that would be all they could produce as their bench was depleted due to penalties and injuries. UNLV on the other hand would add one goal in the second and two in the third to close out the scoring. The Rebels outshot the Warriors 35-20 in game two.
Both games were physical as 54 penalties were called and a total of 170 minutes were served. In the second game of the series, players from both sides were given an early exit as play got out of hand at times.
Midland (5-4) will use this week to rest and recover from the road trip to Vegas before heading back on the road to take on Illinois State. The Warriors and Redbirds will take the ice on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2 in Midwest College Hockey league play. Both games will be played at Pepsi Ice Center in Bloomington, Illinois.