The Skatin’ Rebels (16-3) return to City National Arena to host the Jamestown Jimmies (10-7-4) over the weekend after a month-long break from competition.
UNLV will hit the ice with a 12-game winning streak, whereas Jamestown will enter with a win streak of two but have a game set for Jan. 12 against Grand Canyon scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
“The first semester is behind us, and we can’t get too high,” head coach Anthony Vingieri-greener said. “Yeah, we had great accomplishments but now we have a whole second semester so we have to continue that on a clean slate for this semester.”
Even off a clean slate, the Rebels are coming off a series against Arizona State where they dominated on both ends of the ice, and they hope to continue that momentum into the new year.
Jamestown enters off its own dominant series against Waldorf University, defeating the Warriors 11-1 the first night and then 7-0 the second night.
With three total games prior to the series against the Rebels, the Jimmies have shook off any holiday rust, whereas the Rebels have only had two weeks of practice to shake any rust and get back in the competitive mindset.
“We’re not really focused on what [Jamestown] is doing,” forward Nick Flanders said. “We’re just focused on ourselves. We know what team we are and what we bring to the table… All of the boys are pretty excited to get going, excited to play in front of our fans at City National. It’s been a long month without hockey and we’re excited to get back.”
The Rebels continue to have a strong offense during their games with 76 total goals made this season, averaging four goals per game.
The Jimmies averaged 3.3 goals per game out of its 21 games for the season with 70 total goals.
So far for the season, the Rebels’ defense has allowed 41 goals for an average of 2.1 goals per game, compared to Jamestown’s 48 allowed goals with an average of 2.2 goals per game.
Max Johnson remains the top scorer for the Rebels, leading the team with 13 goals and ten assists for a total of 23 points. Following close behind, Cole Wyatt earned 20 points for the team with five goals and 15 assists.
Forward Reid Wilson enters the series as Jamestown’s top scorer with six goals and 15 assists under his belt for a total of 21 points for the team. Defenseman Gregory Susinski follows behind Wilson with five goals and 14 assists for 19 team points.
The puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 14 and 15. Follow the team on Twitter (@UNLVRebelHockey) for live updates along with a link to the stream.
Tickets can be purchased at the door and are first come first serve basis. UNLV students receive free admission with their RebelCard.
“Obviously with everything going on it’s good to have some normalcy and play hockey,” forward Angelos Tsalafos said. “We’re so grateful for that. We’re ready to go and show what everyone we have for the second semester.”