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10/21/2009 9:58 PM -
October 21, 2009
by Michael Hissam
They’re b-a-a-a-ck! Finally. Por fin! Hockey in the desert.
We appreciate every person who comes in the door. But, we going to have our work cut out for us. Boulder has made quite a few changes since the last time we saw them.
“We got to bring our ‘A’ game this weekend,” Herman declared. “We got to outwork them. If each of our guys outworks each of their guys, we’ll have success. It’s all about the ‘A’ game and hard work.”
When it comes to Rhino consistency, veteran goaltender Andrew Duff said, “We know what the coach expects of us, and that’s hard work. We veterans lead the ‘rooks.’ We keep our head in the game and don’t get rattled by anything.
Leading scorer Nick Gualano pointed out that the consistency results from the intense practices down at the rink. “We bring the energy from the weekday practices right into the weekend games. We do hit a lot during the practices.”
From the goalie’s view – mask and all --, “they make my job easy. I look out there and they keep the puck away from me. I see only 20, tops 30 shots a game. If I have a bad rebound, there’s always someone to clear it away.” Duff declared.
Just off the ice there’s another element: the El Paso fans. “We have the best fans in the league, hands down!” said Balko. They wear the jerseys and tee-shirts, they bring the horns. They get our team pumped up, knowing we have all those supporters.”
Cullaton added his team is fired up. “El Paso finished their checks, they play hard. We had a blast playing them to open the season.”
He also said he has brought in a few new guys “who want to compete. I was a hard-working player. That’s what I want from my players.”
Cullaton, who played pro hockey in Laredo and San Antonio, admitted he is looking a little beyond the games when he comes to El Paso: “Good Mexican food – pollo (chicken)!”
Nos vemos el viernes – see you Friday!