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Rhinos 7, NM 2

11/21/2010 12:56 AM -



Rhinos team captain Garrett Poland and winger Frankie Posilico scored twice and El Paso downed the New Mexico Renegades, 7-2, leapfrogging Tulsa for first place in the Mid-West Division in the process.

The Rhinos improve to 11-4-2 and, with 24 points, lead idle Tulsa by a point.

Trevor Anderson opened the scoring for the hosts on a delayed penalty, one-timing a tape-to-tape pass from Kyle Shapiro for the goal at 5:53 of the first period.

Todd Thomas notched El Paso's third short-handed goal in two games against New Mexico just over four minutes later, followed by a power play goal from Posilico in a three-goal first period.

Bryan Fiol got one back for the visitors to open the scoring in the second frame, but Poland scored at 7:38 to keep the Renegades at bay.

Garrett Phillips put New Mexico back in it with a late goal at 17:30 of the second, but the Rhinos responded with a three-goal third period to put the game away.

Jared Lehman, Poland and Posilico rounded out the scoring.

El Paso plays the Renegades once more Sunday afternoon at 5:30 p.m. MST. For tickets and information, call the Rhinos front office at 915/479.PUCK (7825) or go to www.elpasorhinos.com.