02/17/2008 11:50 PM -
Zach Kohn drew first blood for the Rhinos on the power play, one-timing a seeing-eye pass from Austin Balko at 9:18 of the first period to beat Outlaws’ goaltender David Herman.
Alec “Big Poppa” Sherman scored both second period goals for the Rhinos, rifling in an unassisted strike from above the right circle at 11:24, then guiding in a power play shot from Marcus Wilhite’s pass barely more than three minutes later, at 14:37, putting the home team up, 3-0, by the second intermission.
Jeffery Schmudlach added some insurance at 3:28 of the third, followed by
The Outlaws (23-22-3, 49 points) are already assured of finishing fourth in the Mid-West and will return for a best-of-three series beginning Feb. 29 in
The second place Tulsa Rampage will host the Rhinos’ opponents next weekend, the San Antonio Diablos, in the other Mid-West semifinal.
El Paso put up another three special teams goals, going 2-for-9 on the power play and notching the short-hander. The Rhinos have the top power play in the WSHL, successfully converting close to 29-percent of their chances.
Hollinger moved up to fourth among the league’s best goalies, dropping his goals-against average to 2.21. Fellow
The Rhinos begin a three-game series against the Diablos at the