Weekend Recap: El Paso Rhinos
via WSHL Staff
El Paso Rhinos 3, Dallas Snipers 0
El Paso was kept off the scoreboard for the entire first frame but managed to get through Alexander Aleshkin in the latter two periods.
Sawyer Schmidt extends his league-leading win count to 18, having stopped 30 shots in this game, and fourth shutout.
Tomas Urbanec found the back of the net to start on the 1-0 lead early in the middle period.
Rhinos would capitalize on two straight special teams efforts, including a power goal from Matt Sparrow, and shorthanded goal by Easton Easterson.
El Paso Rhinos 8, Dallas Snipers 3
Dallas took the initiative early but just couldn’t hold onto the lead as the Rhinos surged with two goals each from Dominic Erdt and Sam Sykes leading the way.
Seven different players for El Paso registered multiple points, as did Dallas’ Arvidas Domeika, who led his team with two points.
Although the Snipers were outshot 15-7 in the first period, Arthur Aloyan and Michael Fatta gave Dallas a 2-0 lead within the first three minutes of the match. It got the better of the Rhinos for a moment though El Paso found two goals before the period closed to tie it 2-2.
Dallas was able to remain firm and took over the momentum with consistent pressure into the Rhinos zone. It paid off when Alexsey Syrotenko recovered the lead making It 3-2 at 9:55 of the second stanza.
Again, the Rhinos found a way to sneak a goal past Aleshkin before the period ended sending the game to intermission tied 3-3.
The Rhinos capitalized on a power play and a two-man advantage to start the third period, which opened up five straight goals.
El Paso Rhinos 6, Dallas Snipers 0
El Paso becomes the first team to break 100-points and moves to its 33rd win with the sweep of Dallas on Sunday. Oliver Soovik made 28 saves to reach his 13th win and fourth shutout of the campaign.
Six individual Rhinos scored goals while Sebastian Jovicic led with three points in the night. Dallas was able to suppress the Rhinos for the entire first period and kept them to just one goal in the second.
However, the third period was congested with five consecutive goals from the defending champions.
Dallas is two regulation wins from being tied for fourth place though it helps that the Eagles also endured a sweep this weekend.
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