01/13/2008 2:06 AM -
The going looked to be smooth for the Rhinos, as the home team had built a 5-0 lead by the seventh minute of the second period. Molina scored the first goal just 1:08 into the game followed by Jeffery Schmudlach at 2:54. Eric LaBounty scored
Molina got another on the power play to open scoring in the second period at 4:26, followed by Balko’s first at 6:28, chasing
But the party ended there, as the Hawks’ Matt Gillings scored less than two minutes later, at 8:19, followed by Jeff Barberis and Casey Smith on the power play, bringing
However, The Rhinos answered just 49 seconds into the third period with a power play goal from Marcus Wilhite, and although Dallas would score again on Nick D’Agostino’s tip-in at 14:20, they would get no closer as Balko shut the door with his second goal a mere 1:53 later.
Though he yielded four goals,
El Paso picks up its 30th win against just two shootout losses and continues to set the bar in the Mid-West Division. At 30-0-2 with 62 points the Rhinos have not out-and-out lost a game this season thus far, taking at least a point out of each of their 32 games. The Hawks fall to 10-23-2 and remain fifth in the Mid-West.
El Paso and