Rhinos Anniversary

Join The Conversation

Mobile App


Rhinos Romp, 9-3

11/10/2007 2:41 AM -      Nonetheless, it was the Catahoulas who drew first blood, as Tyler Ridgedell scored the power play goal at 4:34 of the first period.

      Zach Goller got one back for the Rhinos, stick-checking the puck loose from a Catahoulas’ defender just over the Lafayette blue line. Skating in untouched, he potted the wrist shot stick-side, low, past goaltender Josh Perkins at 7:58.


      The Catahoulas kept things at a snail’s pace for nearly half the contest, striving not to allow their hosts to build any momentum.


     But El Paso was irrepressible in just its fourth home game of the season, and Hayden Kowalski started the avalanche of goals at 9:48 of the second period.


     The key series came shortly after Kowalski’s ice-breaker, as the Rhinos scored two short-handed goals on a single Lafayette power play – Zach Kohn’s forecheck and pass found Austin Balko at the crease for the first at 11:15, then a Costi Hinn forecheck and pass was one-timed by Eric LaBounty just 48 seconds later for what turned out to be the game-winning strike.


     Ridgedell scored his second of the night for the Catahoulas at 13:44, but Balko notched his second 31 seconds later to make it 5-2 El Paso at the end of the second period.


     The third period featured scoring exclusively from Rhinos defensemen, as Zach Hale scored at 2:59 of the third, followed by another at 6:15, and Sean Molina scored exactly 1:01 after that to chase Perkins from the net


      After Bryce Cotton got Lafayette’s third, El Paso’s Bo Hernandez rounded out the scoring just 13 seconds from time with a nifty top-shelf blast that beat backup goalie Alex Anderson.


     The Rhinos drop the Catahoulas to 1-19-2, the second-worst record in the Western States Hockey League, while El Paso remains tied with Phoenix for the best point total in the league with 36 points. While the Polar Bears have 18 wins and one loss, El Paso has managed to earn a point in every one of its 19 games so far this season.


      Rhinos goalie Anthony Natali picks up his seventh win and currently sits sixth among the league’s leading netminders with a 2.40 goals-against average.


      El Paso and Lafayette will play twice more this weekend, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. MST, and Sunday afternoon at 5:30 p.m. MST. Fans can follow the action via the web as Duke Keith and Michael Hissam provide the play-by-play at www.elpasorhinos.com (via www.audiosportsonline.com), while www.pointstreak.com has live game tracking, stats, standings, league leaders and more. Just key “WSHL” into the hockey searchbar and follow the links.



Search Archive »

Browse by Year »


Browse by Month »

June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
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