Rhinos Roll Through Dallas To Open Season

DALLAS SNIPERS (0-3-0, 0 pts)


The Dallas Snipers opened their season hosting El Paso for a three-game set in which they were swept by the Rhinos.

An Alex Hladonik goal midway through the second period Saturday, with Michal Pistek and Simon Birkehorn assisting, was the Snipers’ first goal of the year.

Coach Aaron Davis has said before that his young team will need some adjustment, and the team’s first game showed it. The Rhinos scored two in the opening frame, and outshot the Snipers 51-16 in Friday’s game.

Manny Legace made 46 saves on Friday, and Rafael Goncalves combined with Evan Williams to make 47 saves in Saturday’s 9-1 loss. Sunday saw Williams and Legace combine for 54 saves as Dallas was outshot 171-74 through three games, and outscored 11-1 in first periods.

Visiting the Mountain Division-leading Superior RoughRiders next week means it’s going to be a tough slog for the Snipers at the beginning of the season, but with slow-starting Wichita up after that, there’s still time for the young guns in Dallas to pull it together.

By Tyler Whidden