El Paso Rhinos had a three-goal lead after two periods and cruised the rest of the way en route to a 7-3 win over Valencia Flyers.
Jack Strusz was a peerless playmaker for El Paso Rhinos, as he dished out four to beat Valencia Flyers,.
Valencia Flyers\’ power play was ineffective against El Paso Rhinos\’ penalty kill, which allowed zero goals while shorthanded.
El Paso Rhinos forced its penalty killing units to work especially hard during the game, picking up eight minors and one major for 41 minutes in penalty time. El Paso Rhinos surpassed its season average of 28.0 penalty minutes per game. El Paso Rhinos\’ penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on seven Valencia Flyers power plays. El Paso Rhinos\’ offense rang up 42 shots on Valencia Flyers\’ net.
El Paso Rhinos also got points from Nick Plesa, who also tallied one goal and two assists and Peter Plesa, who also had two goals and one assist. El Paso Rhinos also had goals scored by Tom Bartel, who had two and Krisztian Nagy and Eric Baldwin, who each put in one. Other players who recorded assists for El Paso Rhinos were Kalvis Ozols, who had one and Chris Wilhite and Matthew Plesa, who contributed three a piece.
The defensemen of Valencia Flyers were also effective in El Paso Rhinos\’ zone, and came away with two goals.
Valencia Flyers was helped by Aharon Lara, who tallied one goal. Lara scored 15:58 into the first period to make the score 2-1 El Paso Rhinos. Jordan Grywacheski also scored for Valencia Flyers. In addition, Valencia Flyers received assists from Blake Aguilar and Jakob Kranabetter, who each chipped in one.