Del Mar Arena MWHL Classic

MWHL Classic at Del Mar

The Mountain West Hockey League is pleased to announce Del Mar Arena in Del Mar, California as the site of this year’s MWHL Classic, a mid-season matchup between MWHL clubs. The game will be held on Sunday December 17, 2017.

The partially enclosed arena with a capacity of 8,500 is located at historic Del Mar Fairgrounds, home of Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. The scenic fairgrounds overlook the Pacific Ocean.

Rink Specialists is building the temporary rink for the event. They built the rink for the AHL’s Outdoor Classic in Bakersfield, CA last season.

An official announcement of the clubs to participate in this year’s MWHL Classic will be made soon.

2017 MWHL All Stars

MWHL All Stars Announced

The 2017 Silver Electric MWHL All Star Team was announced at the MWHL Cup presented by Allegiant. The MWHL All Star Team features two squads comprised of the top players from the league’s Rocky and Sierra divisions.

Sierra Division All Stars

First Team:
Justin Havrilliak, Forward, AZ
Dom Panetta, Forward, AZ
Chris Whitten, Forward, NC
Jonathan Valenzuela, Defenseman, SD
Weston Nash, Defenseman, NC
Jarren Skaife, Goalie, SD

Second Team:
Zeph Fagergren, Forward, NC
Clay Blankenship, Forward, SD
John Albanese, Forward, LV
Brycen Fisher, Defenseman, AZ
Dan Robin, Defenseman, UT
Travis Pierce, Goalie, NC

Rocky Division All Stars

First Team:
Justin Elmore, Forward, VA
Taylor Motsinger, Forward, BR
Rick Batenburg, Forward, BR
Andy Canzanello, Defenseman, VA
Jeff Tarala, Defenseman, VA
Spencer Gold, Goalie, VA

Second Team:
Dalton Speelman, Forward, Vail
Colin Trevlyn, Forward, Vail
Joe Otsuka, Forward, Vail
Brandon Pougnet, Defenseman, PP
Josh Deloach, Defenseman, VR
Evan Hyndman, Goalie, BR

Silver Electric provided custom jerseys for the MWHL Sierra and Rocky Division All Star teams. The custom uniforms are from Tron, the official uniform sponsor of the MWHL.

This is the second year that Silver Electric has partnered with the MWHL. Last year the company sponsored the MWHL Most Valuable Player Award. “As a former player who came to the MWHL after several seasons in the ECHL, I appreciate the opportunity the league presents to young players and not-so-young players who want another shot,” said Justin Silver, owner of Silver Electric.

About Silver Electric
Vista, CA based Silver Electric provides electrical design and installation for custom homes, restaurants, shops, and other commercial properties. Silver Electric uses the finest products and delivers the highest quality workmanship for its clients.

Vail Yeti Arizona Outlaws MWHL Cup

Vail Wins MWHL Cup

The Vail Yeti won the MWHL Cup by defeating Arizona Outlaws 5-3 in the second game of their best of three series. Vail’s Bill Foster scored two goals including the game winner, giving him five goals in the series and earning the MWHL Playoff MVP Award.

The Yeti struck first at 18:49 when Bren Sands converted a pass from Kyle Dove to beat Outlaws goalie Alex Palumbo. Matt Merritt doubled the lead at 7:51 from Will Compton. Despite numerous chances during the opening set, Arizona couldn’t find net behind Vail goalie Spencer Gold.

Foster scored his first goal of the game (fourth of the series) on the power play at 13:55 of the second period with help from Dalton Speelman. He struck again 9:05 from Justin Elmore to make it a 4-0 game. The Yeti looked to be coasting until the Outlaws struck back with two quick goals. Chris Walker scored at 6:13 from Jake Bayer then Colton St. Clair found twine at 5:52 with a helper by Dom Panetta to cut Vail’s lead to 4-2.

The teams went toe to toe with great scoring chances in the third period until Speelman converted a Foster pass at 13:09 to give the Yeti some insurance. It was needed because Walker scored his second goal of the game for the Outlaws at 11:53. But Vail shut the door the rest of the way to earn their second MWHL Cup championship.

Vail’s alternate captains accepted the MWHL Cup banner then Foster was presented the MWHL Cup by Commissioner Thomas Brown. The Yeti captain raised the MWHL Cup before handing it to his teammates for a wild on-ice celebration.

Vail Yeti Arizona Outlaws MWHL

Yeti Win Game 1

The Vail Yeti defeated Arizona Outlaws 8-5 in game one of the MWHL Cup Finals presented by Allegiant. Bill Foster scored three goals to lead the Yeti.

Vail opened the scoring in the fifth annual MWHL championship series at 19:33 of the first period when Foster took a pass from Derrick Gerhardt then broke in alone to beat Alex Palumbo in the Outlaws net. The teams spent the next seven minutes exchanging chances until Jake Bayers tied the game for the Outlaws with a shorthanded goal assisted by Justin Havrilliak. Vail responded seconds later at 12:29 with a goal by Dalton Speelman from Foster. Arizona equalized again at 5:51 when Colton St. Clair took a Havrilliak pass then beat Yeti goalie Spencer Gold.

With the game tied to start the second period, the teams continued their high speed attacks. With the officials racing to keep up with the rushes, there were plenty of opportunities for players trailing the play to take digs at each other. Although the clubs met just once during the regular season, it quickly became clear that they didn’t like each other.

Foster struck for his second goal of the game at 11:03 from Justin Elmore to give Vail a 3-2 lead. But the Outlaws rebounded immediately with a goal by Keanan Romero from Jon Eades at 10:39. Arizona got their first lead of the game at 6:57 when St. Clair scored his second goal of the game from Chris Walker. But it was short-lived as the Yeti roared back with two late goals. First Speelman collected his second goal of the game with an assist by Andy Canzanello then Foster completed his hat trick at 3:34 with an assist from Elmore to give put the Yeti back in front heading into the intermission.

The MWHL’s leading goal scorer, Elmore, struck at 19:21 of the third period to give the Yeti a two goal lead. The league’s leading points scorer, Havrilliak returned the favor with an Outlaws goal at 18:24 to keep the gap at one. Despite throwing everything they had at the Yeti, the high-scoring Arizona offense couldn’t crack the the league’s top defense the rest of the way. Yeti defenders Canzanello and Jeff Tarala held the line while goalie Gold made key saves down the stretch.

Vail managed to stretch their lead at 4:29 when Elmore converted a Foster pass then Matt Merritt provided an insurance goal at 2:21 from Will Compton. With the clock ticking down, the Arizona captain Justin Miller left a calling card with Foster who, despite giving up several inches, held his own in the game’s only fight.

2017 MWHL All Stars

Silver Electric Sponsors MWHL All Stars

Silver Electric, a Vista, California based electrical contractor, has joined the Mountain West Hockey League as sponsor of the 2017 MWHL All Star Team. The MWHL All Star Team features two squads comprised of the top players from the league’s Rocky and Sierra divisions. The 2017 MWHL All Star Team selection will be introduced in Las Vegas during the MWHL Cup Finals Presented by Allegiant.

This is the second year that Silver Electric has partnered with the MWHL. Last year the company sponsored the MWHL Most Valuable Player Award. “As a former player who came to the MWHL after several seasons in the ECHL, I appreciate the opportunity the league presents to young players and not-so-young players who want another shot,” said Justin Silver, owner of Silver Electric.

Silver Electric is providing custom uniforms for the MWHL Sierra and Rocky Division All Star teams. The custom uniforms are from Tron, the official uniform sponsor of the MWHL.

Tickets for the MWHL Cup Finals including the MWHL Awards and MWHL All Star presentation are just $10 for adults and $5 for kids under twelve years of age. Tickets are available at www.MWHL.net and at the Sobe Arena box office on day of game.

About Silver Electric
Vista, CA based Silver Electric provides electrical design and installation for custom homes, restaurants, shops, and other commercial properties. Silver Electric uses the finest products and delivers the highest quality workmanship for its clients.

MWHL Cup Finals 2017

Final Matchup

The Arizona Outlaws and Vail Yeti will meet in the 2017 MWHL Cup Finals presented by Allegiant. The best of three game series will be held at Sobe Arena in Las Vegas on April 28-30.

This will be the first MWHL Cup Finals appearance by the Outlaws, who finished second in the league overall this year behind NorCal. The Yeti won the MWHL Cup in 2014, completing a season during which they finished with the league’s best record. Vail tied Arizona in wins, points, and points percentage this year, but were edged in the overall standings based on a head-to-head regular season loss to the Outlaws and goal differential.

Arizona is led by a high scoring attack featuring the league’s top two points scorers Justin Havriliak and Dom Panetta, backed by the punching power of captain Justin Miller. The Yeti feature the league’s top goal scorer Justin Elmore and a strong defense led by Andy Canzanello on the blue line and Spencer Gold in goal.

How They Got There

The Vail Yeti defeated Breckenridge Vipers 2 games to 1 in the MWHL Rocky Division playoff. Breckenridge took game 1 by a score of 6-3 at Vail in front of a sell-out crowd. Vail rebounded the following night in Breckenridge with a 7-1 win. The Yeti closed the series by winning at home, punching their ticket to the championship series with a 9-2 victory.

The Arizona Outlaws swept NorCal Ice Raiders in the MWHL Sierra Division playoff. The Outlaws took game one at NorCal by a score of 4-3. They closed out the series in game 2 by defeating the MWHL Regular Season Champion Ice Raiders 6-4.

See the Series

The MWHL Cup Finals schedule is as follows:

Friday April 28 at 10:00 PM
Saturday April 29 at 4:15 PM
Sunday April 30 at 11:30 AM (if necessary)

All games will be held at Sobe Arena, adjacent to Fiesta Rancho Hotel Casino in Las Vegas.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available online at http://mwhl.net/product-category/tickets/ or at the box office starting 30 minutes before game time.

All games will be webcast live via YouTube on the MWHL Network:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRKqU4K0-o5tLp6EbzMsGwg/live

Allegiant MWHL Cup Finals

Allegiant Sponsors MWHL Cup

The 2017 MWHL Cup Championship Presented by Allegiant will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada starting April 28, 2017. The fifth annual event will bring together finalists from the MWHL’s Rocky Division and Sierra Division to compete in a best of three game series.

Sobe Arena at Fiesta Rancho Hotel Casino is the venue for this year’s championship series. Game one will be held on Friday April 28 at 10:00 PM, game two on Saturday April 29 at 4:15 PM, and game three (if necessary) on Sunday April 30 at 11:30 AM.

All games will be webcast live by the MWHL Network.

Allegiant joins the MWHL as the title sponsor of the 2017 MWHL Cup Championship. This is the second year the airline has partnered with the league. From America’s favorite small cities to world-class destinations, Allegiant makes leisure travel affordable and convenient. With low-low fares, nonstop, all-jet service and premier travel partners, Allegiant provides a complete travel experience with great value and without all the hassle.

“We are extremely happy to have Allegiant as a partner again,” said MWHL Commissioner Thomas Brown. “Allegiant flies to and from MWHL destinations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, and Utah, so there are lots of synergies.”

Fans planning to attend the 2017 MWHL Cup Championship in Las Vegas can take advantage of limited time air and hotel offers available at Allegiant.com.

About the MWHL
The Mountain West Hockey League (MWHL) is a Senior A minor hockey league consisting of clubs across the western United States. The league was founded in 2012. The MWHL’s mission is to provide recent Junior and college hockey players with a safe, competitive environment for continuing their sporting ambitions at the highest level.

About Allegiant
Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ: ALGT) is focused on linking travelers in small cities to world-class leisure destinations. The company operates a low-cost, high-efficiency, all-jet passenger airline through its subsidiary, Allegiant Air, while also offering other travel-related products such as hotel rooms, rental cars, and attraction tickets. The company has been named one of America’s 100 Best Small Companies by Forbes Magazine for five consecutive years. In 2014, AVIATION WEEK ranked Allegiant the Top-Performing Airline in North America for the third consecutive year.

Arizona Outlaws MWHL

Arizona Advances

The Arizona Outlaws swept NorCal Ice Raiders in the Sierra Division playoff series to earn a berth in the MWHL Cup Finals presented by Allegiant.

Arizona Outlaws defeated NorCal Ice Raiders 4-3 in game 1 of the Sierra Division playoff series.
Justin Havriliak scored two goals including the game winner to lead the Outlaws.

Arizona opened the scoring at 9:05 of the first period when Havriliak converted a play from CJ Weber. The Ice Raiders tied the game at 3:54 with a goal by Matt Quilay assisted by Erick Lubansky. But Dom Panetta scored at 1:23 to regain the lead for Arizona. Bryce Fisher picked up the assist.

Panetta scored the only goal of the second period at 9:37 unassisted. The Ice Raiders drew within one goal at 19:32 of the third period on a goal by Kurtis Klinger. The Outlaws opened the lead back to two goals with just 49 seconds left in regulation thanks to Havriliak’s second goal. Chris Whitten managed to score a goal for NorCal as time expired, but it was too late.

Arizona won game two of their Sierra Division playoff versus NorCal by a score of 6-4. Dom Panetta and Justin Havriliak scored two goals each to lead the visiting Outlaws.

The Outlaws struck first with a goal by Zach Bayer at 17:56 of the first period. Panther scored his first of the evening at 10:33 to give Arizona a two goal lead. Erick Lubansky scored for NorCal at 4:15 to cut the lead to 2-1. But Panetta netted his second goal at 1:12 to give the Outlaws a 3-1 margin heading to the intermission.

NorCal’s Zeph Fagergren scored at 12:18 of the second period to pull his team back within a goal. But Havrilliak scored two unassisted goals, the first at 11:26 and second at 6:46, to give Arizona a 5-2 lead to start the third period.

Outlaws captain Justin Miller scored at 19:40 of the third period to make it a 6-2 game. NorCal tried to work their way back into the game with goals by Fagergren at 15:48 and Whitten at 1:17, but the Outlaws hung on to secure the series sweep.

Vail Yeti MWHL

MWHL Cup Playoffs

The 2017 MWHL Cup Playoffs are set to begin with divisional playoffs featuring the top teams from the Sierra and Rocky divisions. The winners will advance to the MWHL Cup Finals at the end of April.

The Sierra Division playoff will begin at 7:00 PM on April 7 when Norcal Ice Raiders host Arizona Outlaws in game one of their best of three games series at Vacaville Ice Sports.

Norcal finished on top of the Sierra Division. They are also the league’s top seed this year after finishing with a 9-2-1 record and a points percentage of .792 to win the Commissioner’s Cup as the MWHL Regular Season Champions.

Arizona finished second overall at 10-3 with a .796 points percentage. The teams split their season series with each team sweeping at home.

Game two will be at 7:45 PM on April 8 and game three will be at 8:00 PM on April 9 if necessary. All three games will be played at Vacaville Ice Sports.

In the Rocky Division, Vail Yeti will host Breckenridge Vipers in game one of their best of three game series at 7:45 PM on April 21 at Dobson Arena.

Vail finished with a league record of 10-3 and points percentage of .796, tying Arizona for second best in the league overall. The Yeti had an overall record of 16-7-4 including non-league games.

Breckenridge enters the playoffs with the league’s fifth best record at 7-6 and a .538 points percentage. Last year’s MWHL Cup runners-up finished second in the Rocky Division, earning them the nod ahead of defending MWHL Cup Champions San Diego who finished with a better record, but came in third in the Sierra Division.

Game two of the Rocky Division series will be at Stephen C. West Arena in Breckenridge on April 15 at 8:00 PM. Game three if necessary will be back at Dobson Arena in Vail at 5:00 PM on April 21.