Legace Plays Stellar Rhinos Take Series
DALLAS SNIPERS @ EL PASO RHINOS
Rhinos continue to roll, sweep Snipers in El Paso
01.26.18 – El Paso 13, Dallas 0
01.27.18 – El Paso 16, Dallas 0
01.28.18 – El Paso 3, Dallas 1
The El Paso Rhinos took all six points from the visiting Dallas Snipers over the weekend, although they had to gut out a narrow victory on Sunday to complete the sweep and maintain a 10-point edge on the Oklahoma City Blazers for the Mid-West Division lead.
Justin-Cole Dubecky and Chaseton Sare scored two goals each to lead El Paso to a 13-0 win on Friday. Filip Krasanovsky posted the shutout – his eighth of the season.
Dallas Klaassen (2-2-4) and Jayze Dundas-Schwartz (2-1-3) were the only Rhinos to dent the twine more than once in Saturday’s 16-0 win. Jake Kopinski collected five assists and Kayden Pickles posted the clean sheet for El Paso.
Thanks to Dallas netminder Manny Legace, Sunday’s game went well into the third period tied, 1-1, before the Rhinos got a pair of late goals to secure the sweep with a 3-1 win.
El Paso out-shot Dallas, 21-2, in the first period but could not get anything past Legace. As a matter of fact, Legace kept the Rhinos off the board for the first 32:02 of game time. Chaseton Sare finally broke the ice at with 7:58 left in the second period, but the Snipers answered back just 43 seconds later with a goal from Noah Henslee, and the two teams went to the second intermission tied, 1-1.
The Rhinos continued to pepper the Dallas net with shots, but first 15 minutes of the third period went by without any scoring. Finally, with just 4:49 left, Phillip Pugliese scored the game-winner for El Paso.
Tom Kuebler made a stretch pass to Donald Alchin, Jr. at the Dallas blue line and he drew two defenders to him, then slid a backhand pass to a streaking Pugliese who broke in alone on Legace and beat him between the pads.
Legace finished the game with 58 saves on 60 shots. Sare added an empty-net goal in the final 30 seconds for the 3-1 final.
by Harrington Sports Media