El Paso Rhinos had a seven-goal lead after two periods and cruised the rest of the way en route to an 11-1 win over Valencia Flyers.
El Paso Rhinos was led by goalie Adam Vay, who finished with 27 saves while allowing one goal. Vay managed to improve on his goals against average, which stood at 1.87 prior to the game.
El Paso Rhinos forced Valencia Flyers\’ goalies to work between the pipes, ripping 39 shots and forcing 28 saves. Mark Becica made 11 stops and Luke Thompson made 17. El Paso Rhinos\’ goal total was higher than its season average. El Paso Rhinos averages 7.5 goals per game. El Paso Rhinos capitalized on Valencia Flyers\’ penalties, netting three goals while skating with a man advantage. El Paso Rhinos got an offensive boost from its blueliners, who contributed three goals during the game.
El Paso Rhinos was helped by Kalvis Ozols, who grabbed two goals and one assist. Ozols scored the first of his two goals at 4:03 into the first period to make the score 2-0 El Paso Rhinos. Nick Plesa picked up the assist. Ozols\’ next tally made the score 4-0 El Paso Rhinos with 13:46 left in the second period. El Paso Rhinos had gotten the advantage when Valencia Flyers\’ Blake Aguilarwas sent off for hooking. Jeremy Rezaeepour assisted on the tally. El Paso Rhinos additionally got points from Tom Bartel, who also had one goal and three assists, Krisztian Nagy, who also finished with two goals and three assists to lead the team in points, Peter Plesa, who also racked up one goal and one assist, Rezaeepour, who also tallied one goal and one assist, and Jiri Pestuka, who also grabbed two goals and one assist. Others who scored for El Paso Rhinos included Drew DePalma and Jack Strusz, who each put in one. More assists for El Paso Rhinos came via Andrew Bradford and Austin Hoff, who contributed one a piece and Chad Cesarz, Chris Wilhite, and Matthew Plesa, who each chipped in two.
Valencia Flyers was held below its usual level of production. Valencia Flyers averages 3.8 goals per game.