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UNLV Roller Hockey dominates in San Jose, seeks local support this weekend

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The UNLV Roller Hockey team has been a successful program for years, but still doesn’t receive the attention and recognition that they deserve. A Division I team competing in the NCRHA, UNLV is consistently one of the league’s top teams and has made appearances at multiple National Championship tournaments.

UNLV opened their season in a dominating fashion in San Jose on October 24, where they went 4-0 with wins against Long Beach State, Arizona State, UC Santa Barbara, and Cal Poly. They currently stand at the top of their conference.

 

In their first game of the day, UNLV picked up a 6-0 win over Long Beach State, despite having a shortened roster compared to the opponent. The Rebels had eight skaters and one goaltender, while LBSU had thirteen skaters and two goaltenders. Three of the UNLV goals were scored by Andrew Tamura, who currently leads the league in game-winning goals. The other goals were notched by Steven Scamorza, Ian Davis, and Eddie Davis. Terry Martin was in net for the Rebels and recorded the fifteen-save shutout, and also assisted on Tamura’s third period power play goal.

Continuing their winning tear, the Rebels beat Arizona State by a score of 7-3 in their second game of the day. Darren Corsatea and Austin Shannon both picked up two goals for UNLV, and Logan Sussman, Eddie Davis, and Steven Scamorza all had one apiece. Martin remained solid in net for the Rebels and made 19 saves on 22 shots.

UNLV’s third game was against UC Santa Barbara, and they came out on top with a 9-1 final. Eddie Davis got on the board three times, and Logan Sussman scored twice. Tamura, Scamorza, Corsatea, and Shannon all notched one goal each. UNLV nearly doubled UC Santa Barbara in shots 30-16, with Terry Martin making the save on 15 of Santa Barbara’s attempts.

The final matchup of the day saw UNLV taking on Cal Poly, where the Rebels came out on top yet again by a 8-5 margin, despite being outshot 27-22. Andrew Tamura had a huge game, scoring five goals, three of which were picked up in the first period of play. Corsatea, Sussman, and Shannon all scored as well, and Ian Davis assisted on four of the goals. Martin made 22 saves on the 27 shots from Cal Poly. The UNLV goaltender is tied for first in the league in wins with four, and is fifth in the league with a save percentage of 0.888.

“I think that the four wins this past weekend will translate into momentum moving forward. We have a veteran stacked team, and at this point we know what we have to do to consistently get the job done. As a team we already have our eyes on the spring, where our ultimate goal is to capture UNLV’s first Division I National Championship. Coming off back to back Final Four appearances we feel as if this is our year,” said Steven Scamorza, UNLV forward.

This weekend, Las Vegas hosts the WCRHL Inter-Regional Event, taking place at the Las Vegas Roller Hockey facility located at 953 E Sahara Ave. UNLV plays four games on Saturday, November 7, and takes on three of the teams they defeated in San Jose – UC Santa Barbara, Cal Poly, and Arizona State. They also face University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, a team in the Rocky Mountain Conference. In each of the four previous matchups between these two teams, the Rebels came out on top.

UNLV Roller Hockey’s games this weekend are huge opportunities for Rebel fans to come out and show their support for a team that is striving to do big things. Since they are not university-funded, they run solely off of donations and players’ funds. Admission to the games this weekend is free, but the team will be accepting donations at the door. The first game on Saturday is at 12 p.m., followed by 3 p.m.,  6 p.m., and the featured game against Arizona State is at 9 p.m.

Scamorza added, “The players and coaches work very hard and the support of our fellow Rebels and local community would mean a lot to us players. This is UNLV Roller Hockey’s second home tournament ever and last time we had a 4-0 showing. Parents and children are encouraged to come. Roller hockey is a great sport and we would like to see the game continue to grow in the Las Vegas community.”

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