David Brancik scored the game-winning goal 85 seconds from the end of regulation and the El Paso Rhinos earned an opportunity to hold on to the Thorne Cup with a nail-biting 3-2 win over the Ogden Mustangs Saturday night.
The El Paso Rhinos defeated the Ogden Mustangs in the first game of the Conference Finals on the back of a Gavin Abbott goal five minutes into the third period. The goal was Abbott’s first of the playoffs.
Jeremy Rezaeepour scored a hat trick and the El Paso Rhinos roared back with an 8-2 win over the Oklahoma City Blazers to force a decisive Game Three in the WSHL’s Midwest Division championship series Sunday afternoon.
The El Paso Rhinos – who lost 4-3 in overtime on Friday night – scored at will on Saturday to force a Conference Final deciding game three on Sunday. The final score in front of a sold out Sierra Providence Events Center was 8-2.
Sam Mancini tapped in a short rebound at the crease for the game-winning power play goal in overtime and the Oklahoma City Blazers edged the El Paso Rhinos, 4-3, to take the pivotal first game of the best-of-three Midwest Division championship series.
Fans in El Paso have become used to the Rhinos making a playoff run each year when March comes around -- one could say that it has become a bit of a tradition for the team and the city. The Rhinos have a bit of tradition of their own when it comes to the playoffs.
Marek Langhammer scored twice and the El Paso Rhinos wrapped up the regular season on a high note, defeating the Oklahoma City Blazers, 5-1, Sunday and winning the series against the Blazers two games to one.
Kole Hudson scored twice in the third period, including the game-winner, and the Oklahoma City Blazers earned their third victory over the El Paso Rhinos this season with a 5-4 win in the Events Center Saturday night.