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01/26/2008 4:38 PM -
Defenseman Costi Hinn started the scoring at 3:52 of the first period and Nick Gorup followed at 12:41 with a nifty top-shelf effort over 16-year-old starting goalie Alex Pomorleau.
Zach Kohn scored at 18:06 to round out the scoring for the period, chasing Pomorleau from net.
Bill Krueger got the first Rhinos power play goal at 2:22 of the second period on the Outlaws regular starting goaltender, David Herman; but then
But the Rhinos’ 13th shot of the second went for a goal just 35 seconds from time. Zach Goller and Jeffrey Schmudlach combined on a voracious forecheck in back of Herman. Prying the puck loose, Goller skated out from the behind the net and roofed the puck over Herman.
El Paso continued to unleash punishment in the third as Wilhite scored an even-strength goal just 35 seconds in.
Eric LaBounty scored the Rhinos second power play goal at 4:42, followed by Alec Sherman at 9:34.
Wilhite’s shorthanded goal rounded out the scoring at 13:53, as
Natali’s 16th win against no losses moved him from fourth to second in the Western States Hockey League with a 1.93 goals-against average.
Rhinos’ goalie Arthur Hollinger remains fifth in the league with a 2.19 GAA after returning from a brief stint with
Wilhite’s two goals along with one assist give him 66 points on the season, tying the
Centerman Zach Kohn isn’t far behind at 61 points, good for eighth place, and winger Hayden Kowalski is 10th with 58 points.
The Rhinos also sport the league’s best penalty kill, keeping the opposition scoreless on their power plays almost 93 percent of the time.
El Paso’s 20 straight wins is the longest active streak in the league and is second to the Phoenix Polar Bears, which rattled off 26 straight prior to the Rhinos’ 5-4 win over Phoenix at the WSHL Showcase in San Antonio last December.
The Hanson Brothers hit town Saturday night as
Fans are encouraged to sit in the vehicles, take pictures and talk to the soldiers who run them. The festivities start at 5 p.m.
Slap Shot’s own Hanson Brothers will then entertain the crowd inside the
The Rhinos and Outlaws finish up Sunday afternoon at 5:30 p.m.