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11/10/2007 2:41 AM - Nonetheless, it was the Catahoulas who drew first blood, as Tyler Ridgedell scored the power play goal at 4:34 of the first period.
Zach Goller got one back for the Rhinos, stick-checking the puck loose from a Catahoulas’ defender just over the
The Catahoulas kept things at a snail’s pace for nearly half the contest, striving not to allow their hosts to build any momentum.
The key series came shortly after Kowalski’s ice-breaker, as the Rhinos scored two short-handed goals on a single Lafayette power play – Zach Kohn’s forecheck and pass found Austin Balko at the crease for the first at 11:15, then a Costi Hinn forecheck and pass was one-timed by Eric LaBounty just 48 seconds later for what turned out to be the game-winning strike.
Ridgedell scored his second of the night for the Catahoulas at 13:44, but Balko notched his second 31 seconds later to make it 5-2
The third period featured scoring exclusively from Rhinos defensemen, as Zach Hale scored at 2:59 of the third, followed by another at 6:15, and Sean Molina scored exactly 1:01 after that to chase Perkins from the net
After Bryce Cotton got
The Rhinos drop the Catahoulas to 1-19-2, the second-worst record in the Western States Hockey League, while
Rhinos goalie Anthony Natali picks up his seventh win and currently sits sixth among the league’s leading netminders with a 2.40 goals-against average.
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