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.