Headlines

Just Chirp'n 11

11/19/2009 3:21 PM -


Just Chirp’n #11 2009-2010
November 19, 2009
by Michael Hissam

They’re halfway home.  Make that halfway to the second season.
 
As the El Paso Rhinos barrel their way through the Midwest Division of the Western States Hockey League, they got a break this week.  Most of them went home to see family and friends.  Comes Monday, it’s back on the ice to prepare for the day-after-Thanksgiving-tilt in San Antonio.

They might be a bit rusty, but the work will be there waiting for the Rhinos, according to Coach Cory Herman.  “We got 24 games behind us; 27 ahead of us including the showcase – a total of 60 or so counting the playoffs, if we get there.  It’s a long season.  I encouraged our guys to have a holiday.  However, you can bet many of them took their skates to get some ice time somewhere.”

Work includes “fine tuning” of what has become a meaner machine.  “We got to ramp up to the playoffs.  I want guys who believe we can come back when we are down by one with a minute to go.  I want guys who can stop the opponent’s scoring when there is one minute left.”

This more aggressive Rhinos team, coupled with a more intense work ethic represents the biggest surprise for the coach this season.  “We are much more aggressive on the fore check.”

Borrowing loosely from the “Plus/Minus” hockey concept, the coach took the mid-year analysis a bit further:

Offense:

• Plus:  “Scoring punch and work ethic.”  This team has 149 goals.
• Minus:  “Aggressive on the fore check.  We need to be aggressive all over the rink. Players are not always taught this.”
• Players to note: Trevor Erickson, John Redmond

Defense:

• Plus:  “We move the puck well in our end.  We’re good on our powerplay.  We move the puck well, find the seams and our open guys.”
• Minus:  “Wingers need to do a better job along the wall in our end – chip it out or make better decisions.  They need to communicate better with their partners.  They need to envision that 6-foot ‘box’ in front of our goalie, own it and clear that area out.  There’s also some overhandling of the puck on our power play.”
• Players to note:  Andrew Ketterer, Michael Bottcher

Goalies: 

• Plus:  “Andrew Duff played well until he was hurt.  Max Dizgun stepped up in his place.  David Eland adjusted well.  We’re solid.”
• Minus:  None.  “If they give us a chance to win every night, they’ve done their job.”  At 21-3, they’ve been working.
• Players to note:  All three.

Swap shop:  Herman just picked up Joshua Rolfe, defenseman, from the Bozeman Ice Dogs for “future considerations.”

Early Christmas shopping?  Military appreciation night happens Dec. 4 against San Antonio.  Player jerseys from that night will be auctioned off the following night.  Proceeds go to Operation Santa Claus.  Help fill the box out front with toys for those less fortunate.
Have a great Dia de Dar Gracias (Thanksgiving).

mhissam@elpasorhinos.com



Search Archive »




Browse by Year »

2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007

Browse by Month »

April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
June 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007

Last Game

@
El Paso Rhinos @ WSHL Team TBA
0 - 0

Next Game

Schedule
Last Month April 2014 Next Month
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
    1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30      
     Home game
     Away game

Choose a Background