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02/16/2008 2:54 AM -
The Rhinos got their 88th points of the season to keep pace with the Western Division’s Phoenix Polar Bears for best record in the Western States Hockey League.
At 43-1-2, the
Goaltender Anthony Natali gets the win, his 18th of the season, and stays second in the league with a miniscule 1.88 goals-against average.
Former Outlaw Parker Harrison scored his 20th goal of the season at 2:34 of the second period, followed by a beautiful top-shelf strike by Zach Kohn – the first short-handed goal exactly 8:00 into the second frame.
Jeffery Schmudlach made it 4-0
Rhinos forward Bill Krueger got one back for the home team just over a minute and a half later on the power play.
The Outlaws’ giant d-man, Michael Washington, slid one by Natali on a screened shot at 17:08 to make it 5-2. But Balko finished the scoring a mere 36 seconds later with El Paso’s second short-handed strike, neatly five-holing Colorado netminder Alex Migdalski.
The two teams play again Saturday at 7:30 p.m. MST and Sunday afternoon at 5:30 p.m. MST. Both games can be seen live with a subscription at www.elpasorhinos.com.
The games can also be followed online with live game tracking provided at www.pointstreak.com. Just key “WSHL” into the hockey searchbar and follow the links.