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Storm Head into the First Round of WSHL Playoffs, Will Play Ontario Avalanche
Tuesday, March 03, 2015 - The Las Vegas Storm begin the first round of WSHL playoffs this weekend March 6th, 2015 against the Ontario Avalanche in Ontario, CA. The Storm were without two of their top players (Beau Ricketts and Vincent Dekumbis) this past weekend in Fresno and look to refocus after a tough series defeat.
Ontario is led by Antoine Maillard and Michael Thomas who each have 63 points heading into the playoff match up. It will be up to the Storm defense to shut them down in order to be successful.
Las Vegas and Ontario split the season series (3-3) with each team sweeping the other on home ice.

Storm Eliminates Phoenix Form Playoff Contention, Win Series 2-1
Storm Eliminates Phoenix Form Playoff Contention, Win Series 2-1
Monday, February 23, 2015 -

Veteran assistant Captain Beau Ricketts led the way with and 8 goal weekend as the Las Vegas Storm beat the Phoenix Knights two games to one. It was an important series for Las Vegas who is looking to build momentum heading into their final regular season games against the league leading Fresno Monsters February 26th -28th. All three Storm goalies (Patrik Jokela, Jaedon McConnell, and Brian Coppola) saw action on the weekend. However, it was McConnell who stole the show in game two, turning away 37 shots in huge 7-4 win against a Knights team that never seemed to go away.

During game one, the Las Vegas Storm partnered with the Vegas Wants NHL Hockey group to host an event in conjunction with the Storm game. With nearly 400 people in attendance the energy in the building was electric, especially when the Storm broke out to an early 3-0 lead. Phoenix would not go away though and came back to even the score at 4 apiece. It was red-hot Ricketts that would eventually break the tie towards the end of the second period and add an insurance goal in the third to complete his hat trick and send the near sellout crowd into a frenzy.

Game two was almost deju-vu of game one with Ricketts netting 4 goals and the Storm breaking a 4-4 tie early in the third while never looking back en route to a 7-4 victory. Las Vegas also got points from Moritz Matzka, who also finished with one goal and one assist. Others who scored for the Storm included Brandon Bavis and Kyle Pacheco, who each put in one. In addition, the home town squad received assists from Nikita Larionov, who had two and Braxton Davis, Arrigo Burgener, Philip Traxler, Nikita Tsvetov, Jiri Ryyppo, Nathan Fournier, and Felix Brunner, who each chipped in one.

 Kyle Pacheco's two goal game and Brian Cappola's 33 saves weren't enough for Las Vegas as they lost the finale 8-5 to Phoenix. On home ice Las Vegas was 11-10-3 this season and will officially play the Ontario Avalanche in a best of three playoff series beginning March 6th. All games will be played at Ontario's home rink, Center Ice Arena



Bring NHL Hockey to Las Vegas Event
Bring NHL Hockey to Las Vegas Event
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - This Thursday February 19, 2015 The Las Vegas Storm cordially invites you all to attend the game at 6:00pm at The Las Vegas Ice Center as they take on the Phoenix Knights. Tickets are $10, but entry is FREE for all kids wearing a hockey jersey of any kind. The excitement of having the first NHL franchise coming to Vegas looms closer with your continued support in making season ticket deposits. The new potential ownership groups have decided to make this night a special one for hockey fans in the community and for youth hockey in Las Vegas by hosting a Bring Hockey to Vegas party during the Storm Junior game. The ownership groups will be providing pizza and t-shirts for all the fans in attendance along with having representatives there to take season ticket deposits and to discuss this great opportunity for NHL hockey in Las Vegas.

Between the 1st and 2nd period a photo will be taken with all the kids and the ownership group (possibly a celebrity or two). Not to mention, we will have a cash prize chuck a puck between the second and third period. This will be a great media event with a live radio broadcast and is just one part of what we need to do to show the NHL we are ready to support big time professional hockey!


Storm Officialy Clinch Playoff Spot in First Season!
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 -

The Las Vegas Storm clinched a playoff spot this weekend in Long Beach, California. The Storm were without leading goal scorer Beau Ricketts and fell to Long Beach twice in regulation and once in overtime.However, the one point was enough to send Las Vegas to the post season in their first year of Western States Hockey play. Local prospect, Jake McKenna, also scored his first goal of the season on a nifty backhand that slid past the Long Beach net minder.

The Storm will open a three game home stand against the Phoenix Knights at the Ice Center on Thursday at 6pm. It's an important series for Phoenix which is nine points behind 6th place San Diego Gulls who hold the last playoff spot in the Western division. This will be a three game series with games Friday (7:30pm) and Saturday (7pm). It will be the final regular season home games for Las Vegas. The Storm will bet at league leader Fresno the follow weekend, then begin skating in playoffs March 6th. 



Las Vegas Storm Take on the Bombers of Long Beach in WSHL Playoff Hunt Battle
Thursday, February 12, 2015 -

The Las Vegas Storm are only a few points away from capturing their first playoff spot in the organization’s inaugural season. Las Vegas will travel to Long Beach, California take on a tough Bombers squad that sits in third place of the WSHL’s Pacific division. The bombers are led by Tomas Nemeth, Patrik Johansson, Reinis Vitolins, and Johan Beatty who have all eclipsed the fifty point mark on the year thus far.

The Storm will need to be firing on all cylinders this weekend and bring the same intensity seen by the home town crowd just two weeks ago when the San Diego Gulls visited the Las Vegas Ice Center. The Storm won that series 2-1 thanks to goaltender, Patrik Jokela, who will look to continue his stellar play in southern California to propel a young Storm team into the Western States playoffs. The difference makers for Las Vegas in the series will need to be Arrigo Burgener (15g), Beau Ricketts (22g) and Kyle Pacheco (14g). In order to keep pace with the high powered Bombers, who average nearly 5 goals per game, the trio must find ways to generate quality scoring opportunities. Ricketts has been the most consistent recently, finding the back of the net four times in his last six games. On the defensive end, Brandon Bavis, Alkhas Kochkarev, Moritz Matzka, and hard hitting Nathan Fournier were staples in holding the Gulls to under four goals per game back in the late January series. Their ability to make quick, tape to tape passes out the defensive zone will go a long way in slowing down Long Beach’s scoring chances.  

Head Coach of the Storm, Gabe Gauthier, is no stranger to playoff success. During his time in the BCHL and NCAA DI University of Denver, Gauthier led the Pioneers to consecutive national titles in 2004 and 2005, while being named to the NCAA all-tournament team in 2005. His experience along with assistants Matt Johnson and Evan Zucker, brother of break-out NHL player Jason Zucker, will help guide the Storm into a tough Pacific division playoff battle. Be sure to see the Las Vegas Storm in their final home stand of the 2014-2015 season February 19th-21st at the Las Vegas Ice Center against the Phoenix Knights. As always, $10 for adults, $5 for children, and free for all kids wearing their NV Storm travel or house league jerseys.


NCAA and ACHA Colleges inquire about Las Vegas Storm Players
NCAA and ACHA Colleges inquire about Las Vegas Storm Players
Thursday, February 05, 2015 -

So far the Las Vegas Storm's inaugural season has been a huge success! First year head coach, Gabe Gauthier, along with assistants Matt Johnson and Evan Zucker, have surpassed all expectation in their initial year at the helm. Coach Gabe, has been contacted frequently by NCAA DIII and ACHA collegiate programs who are interested in a variety of Storm players. Gauthier added, " It's an exciting time for all of us. However, It is important that we continue to move forward with our mission of building an organized, elite program that competes day in and day out and gives young men an opportunity to showcase their skill beyond youth hockey and continue their progression to the NCAA and ACHA ranks." He went on to add that, "None of the this would have been accomplished without the continued passionate support from our ownership. John and Kirk Brooks are here for the same reason my coaching staff and I are, and that's to build elite hockey in Las Vegas and move athletes to the next level." The Storm received a brand new travel bus for the 2014-2015 season and practice in a state of the art facility (Las Vegas Ice Center) equipped with a weight room, skating treadmill and shooting room readily available for all players.

After a two games to one series victory over the San Diego Gull, the Storm, sit in 5th place in the Pacific division of the Western States Hockey League. They now lead the 6th place Gulls by seven team points. The Top 6 teams in each division advance to the playoffs. The Storm have nine regular season games remaining, starting at Long Beach (Feb 13-15), home against the Phoenix Knights (Feb 19-21) and closing out the regular season on the road at Fresno (Feb 26-28).



LV Storm inch closer to Playoffs!!!
Thursday, February 05, 2015 -

Las Vegas Storm rolls over San Diego, 5-2

Las Vegas North    Sat, Jan 31, 2015


Las Vegas Storm had a two-goal lead after two periods and cruised the rest of the way en route to a 5-2 win over San Diego.


Las Vegas Storm got the win with help from a great game by Arrigo Burgener, who had one goal and two assists. Burgener scored 5:01 into the second period to make the score 3-1 Las Vegas Storm. Vincent Dekumbis picked up the assist.

Las Vegas Storm's penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on four San Diego power plays.

Las Vegas Storm additionally got points from Dekumbis, who also registered two goals and one assist to lead the team in points. Las Vegas Storm also had goals scored by Beau Ricketts and Felix Brunner, who scored one goal each. More assists for Las Vegas Storm came via Braxton DavisBrandon BavisNikita Tsvetov, and Nathan Fournier, who contributed one each.

San Diego forced Las Vegas Storm goalie Patrik Jokela to work between the pipes, taking 45 shots.

San Diego was helped by Sebastian Gruhler, who grabbed one goal. Gruhler scored 3:30 into the first period to make the score 1-0 San Diego. Cameron Todd provided the assist.Keegan Evangelista also scored for San Diego. In addition, San Diego received assists fromTyler Kubara and Artemiy Yaroslavskiy, who each chipped in one.

Las Vegas Storm's Jokela stopped 43 shots out of the 45 that he faced. Las Vegas Storm incurred 14 minutes in penalty time with seven minors. Jokaim Jutras made 21 saves for San Diego on 25 shots. San Diego incurred 14 minutes in penalty time with seven minors.

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Shootout thriller at the Ice Center!!
Friday, January 30, 2015 -

Las Vegas Storm uses shootout to best San Diego, 5-4 (1-0 SO)

Las Vegas North    Thu, Jan 29, 2015


Three periods of regulation and an overtime session were not enough to settle matters as Las Vegas Storm defeated San Diego in a shootout 5-4 (1-0 SO).

The two teams needed 18 turns to complete the shootout.


Vincent Dekumbis had two goals to lead Las Vegas Storm to victory. Dekumbis' tallies came on the power play at 9:51 into the second period to make the score 1-1 and 1:15 into the third to make the score 3-2 Las Vegas Storm.

San Diego's power play was ineffective against Las Vegas Storm's penalty kill, which allowed one goal while shorthanded.

Las Vegas Storm's penalty box was a popular destination as the team totaled eight minors and two majors for 36 minutes in penalty time. Las Vegas Storm surpassed its season average of 23.0 penalty minutes per game. Las Vegas Storm forced San Diego goalieJokaim Jutras to work between the pipes, taking 43 shots.

Las Vegas Storm also had goals scored by Kyle Pacheco and Beau Ricketts, who each put in one. In addition, Las Vegas Storm received assists from Alkhas KochkarevArrigo Burgener, and Nikita Larionov, who each chipped in one.

San Diego racked up the penalties in the contest, and ended with nine minors and one major for 33 minutes in penalty time. San Diego had been averaging 20.0 minutes in penalties per game. San Diego kept Las Vegas Storm's goalie busy throughout the game, and Patrik Jokela made 37 saves on 41 shots.

San Diego was led by Nurbek Baltayev, who racked up one goal and one assist. Baltayev scored 10:20 into the second period to make the score 2-1 San Diego. Artemiy Yaroslavskiypicked up the assist. Others who scored for San Diego included Tyler KubaraToni Haikarainen, and Mike Caruso, who scored one goal each. Other players who recorded assists for San Diego were Erik HayesWesley Varrasso, and Sebastian Gruhler, who contributed one each.

Las Vegas Storm registered one goal on four power play opportunities. Las Vegas Storm ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Nathan Fournier was ejected from the game. Jutras recorded 38 saves for San Diego.

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