01/14/2008 11:38 AM -
The Rhinos improve to 31-0-2 and have yet to lose a game outright this season.
El Paso had jumped out to a 2-0 lead courtesy of early goals from Austin Balko and Jimmy Keiling, just 1:15 and 5:54 into the game, respectively.
But the Hawks, who showed improved play at times in their 7-4 loss Saturday night, found yet another gear Sunday, scoring the next three goals to get their first lead in the season series against the Rhinos.
Casey Smith found the back of the net against
The Rhinos’ Hayden Kowalski would equalize just 1:05 later to save a lackluster first period for the home team, but the tone was set for
Dallas ’ confidence was sky high and the Hawks rode momentum to yet another goal as Jeff Barberis made it 5-3 with his tally at 10:19.
But as it has all season long thus far,
Head coach Cory Herman sent a message to his players, replacing Mack with goalie Arthur Hollinger to start the third period. The Rhinos showed the message was received, loud and clear, allowing a mere three
The Rhinos had regained momentum, but
With just over 90 seconds left in regulation, the Rhinos earned a draw stick side to Allen. LaBounty won the draw then skated straight at Allen, beating him with a hard wrister to the far post at 18:29. The whole play took fewer than three seconds, but it was all
Desperate to get Allen off the ice for a sixth skater in the final minute, the Hawks were hounded by a relentless Rhinos backcheck that never let the visitors into the attacking zone, pushing Dallas further back until the Hawks turned the puck over in their own end to Zach Kohn. Kohn flipped a pass to Kowalski who fired his shot from high in the slot, beating Allen glove-side low for the final goal with just one second left in the game.
LaBounty’s game-winner earned the forward First Star of the Game, followed by Kowalski for his two-goal effort, and Smith.
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