Skatin’ Rebels take on Chicago Classic

Heath Mensch uncorks a snapshot against Minot State. Photo courtesy of UNLV Hockey / Kayla Faasse.

The Skatin’ Rebels went one for three during the Chicago Classic on Nov. 16-18. They lost to Illinois State, Ohio University, and beat the defending national champions, Minot State making its record 11-3-0.

Game One

The Skatin’ Rebels lost its first game of the showcase to the Illinois State Redbirds 4-3. The loss was the Rebels’ its second loss of the season making its record10-2-0. 

Forward Joey Zillow scored the first goal of the game for the Redbirds with 10:42 left, with assists from Ethan Chesney and Mike Sliwinski.

Jackson Gram extended the Redbirds lead to2-0 with a goal assisted by Chesney at 16:34.

Joe Rascia closed out the first period scoring with a goal with just under three minutes remaining in the period, with assistance from Will Tricarico and Gram. 

Both teams had nine shots on goal at the end of the first period, the Redbirds found the back of the net on three of them to take a 3-0 lead into the intermission.

Chesney opened up the second period with the first Redbird penalty with a two-minute minor penalty for tripping with 18:02 left in the period.

Robert McCollum capitalized on the power play with a goal, assisted by Max Johnson and Cole Wyatt with 16:42 left in the period. 

Daniel Fisher narrowed the scoring gap with a goal at 12:10, with assistance from Jaedin Ness and Hunter Muzzillo, making the score 3-2. 

The Redbirds outshot the Rebels 17-7 in the second period however it was UNLV that was able to find the back of the net twice cutting the deficit to 3-2.

Max Johnson tied the game with a goal 4:00 into the third period, with assistance from Cole Wyatt and Mattias Dal Monte. 

With 2:34 left in the game the Redbirds rebutted the three unanswered goals by the Skatin’ Rebels with a goal by Tony Campise assisted by Gram and Casey Colantonio to put Illinois State up. 


The Rebels were once again outshot by the Redbirds in the third period 15-8. The Redbirds outshot the Skatin’ Rebels in the game 41-24.

The Redbirds were able to hold onto the one goal lead and won 4-3.

Game Two

The Rebels took its third loss of the season and second of the showcase with a 3-2 loss to Ohio University. 

Noah Holt took a two-minute minor penalty for slashing at 19:15, giving the Rebels its first power play of the game. 

Max Johnson capitalized on the power play with a goal at 18:27, with assistance from Dal Monte and Alec Johnson. 

Holt left the Bobcats short handed after committing a penalty with 9:05 left, with a two-minute minor for tripping.

Shortly after killing the penalty, Luc Reeve tied the game and closed the first period with a goal with 11:18 left in the period, assisted by Andrew Wells and Holt. 

The score was tied at 1-1 at the end of the first period and the Rebels headed into the locker room ahead in shots on goal for the first time in the showcase outshooting the Bobcats 13-9.

George-Boyd Aldridge took the first penalty of the second period, which was served by Felton, at 17:31 for kneeing. 

The Bobcats killed another Skatin’ Rebels man advantage andAldridge scored right out of the box, assisted by Aiden Grieco, putting the Bobcats up 2-1.

Muzzillo was ejected and left the second period early after earning a 10-minute game misconduct for roughing.

Holt expanded the Bobcats’ lead at 5:54 with a goal, assisted by Hollander Thompson. 

The Bobcats headed into the third period with a 3-1 lead and bounced back in shots, outshooting the Rebels 14-7 in the second. 

Luke Burke took the first penalty of the period, which was served by Max Johnson, for high sticking and a 10-minute misconduct for abuse of an official. The Bobcats were unable to capitalize off of this penalty.

Caleb Strong took a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct at 6:55. Shortly after, Drake Albers took a minor penalty for the Bobcats at 6:41 for cross checking. 

Tristan Rand narrowed the scoring gap, putting the Rebels on the board with a goal at 4:45, assisted by McCollum and Cole Wyatt. 

The Bobcats won 3-2 and outshot the Skatin’ Rebels 39-23 in the game.

Game Three

The Rebels bounced back in the third game of the showcase defeating the No. 1 ranked ACHA team in the nation Minot State Beavers 3-0 with Zach Wickson earning his first shutout of the season.The three stars of the night were Wickson, Heath Mensch, and McCollum. 

The first period remained free of penalties, but not free of scoring. Mensch put the Rebels on the board, unassisted at 3:48.

The Rebels headed into the first intermission with a 1-0 lead and outshot the Beavers 15-6.

In the second period both teams produced over 10 shots on net but neither was able to score to keep the game at 1-0 heading into the third period.

Despite being outshot, the Rebels bounced back with two goals in the third period. 

McCollum added to the Rebels’ tally at 11:10 with a goal assisted by Mason Kelly and Dal Monte.

7:48 into the third, Mensch scored the final goal of the game with assistance from McCollum and Strong. 

The final eight seconds were heated, as Ben Johnson and Dal Monte were sent to the penalty box for roughing, and Max Johnson earned a 15-minute major roughing misconduct. 

The Rebels ended its weekend on a high note, defeating the ACHA defending champions 3-0.

Up Next

The Rebels face off against the University of Arizona Wildcats in Arizona, facing off Dec. 1 and 2 at 7 P.M. both nights.


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