Craig's Big Game Bests Dallas Snipers in 8-2 El Paso Rhinos Win
El Paso Rhinos' Kendal Craig had a big offensive game, scoring two goals and contributing one assist in his team's 8-2 win over Dallas Snipers.
Craig's tallies came at 7:41 into the first period to make the score 1-0 El Paso Rhinos and 13:19 into the third to make the score 8-2 El Paso Rhinos.
Dallas Snipers' power play was ineffective against El Paso Rhinos' penalty kill, which allowed zero goals while shorthanded.
Referees had their hands full with a major incident at 5:34 into the second period. Four fighting penalties were dished out along with two game misconducts.
El Paso Rhinos forced its penalty killing units to work especially hard during the game, picking up four minors and five majors for 53 minutes in penalty time. El Paso Rhinos surpassed its season average of 26.0 penalty minutes per game. El Paso Rhinos stifled Dallas Snipers' power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. El Paso Rhinos forced Dallas Snipers goalie Sander Berg to work between the pipes, taking 35 shots.
El Paso Rhinos also got points from Jordan Cullum, who also had one goal and one assist. Bryton Tomko also scored for El Paso Rhinos. More assists for El Paso Rhinos came via Brennan Johnsson, who had three and Robert Horak, David Brancik, Lukas Znosko, and Sebastian Borg, who each chipped in one.
Dallas Snipers' penalty box was a popular destination as the team totaled four minors and three majors for 23 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 20.0 minutes per game Dallas Snipers had been spending in the box. Dallas Snipers' offense operated below its season average. Dallas Snipers averages 4.1 goals per game. Dallas Snipers did not challenge the opposing netminder, only getting 11 shots on net to force nine saves.
Dallas Snipers was led by Trent Williams, who racked up one goal. Williams scored short handed 14:47 into the first period to make the score 1-1. Dallas Snipers found itself down a man on Yevgeni Nikolaev's hooking. Dallas Snipers also got a goal from Nikkita Perviakov as well.
El Paso Rhinos' Alek Lazarski stopped nine shots out of the 11 that he faced. El Paso Rhinos registered one goal on four power play opportunities. Team's Gavin Abbott and John Bowen were slapped with misconducts and ejected from the game. Berg rejected 27 shots on goal for Dallas Snipers.