Behind one goal and three assists from Matthew Plesa and one goal and three assists from Nick Plesa, El Paso Rhinos downed Valencia Flyers 8-5.
Peter Plesa scored 2:32 into the third period to make the score 5-4 El Paso Rhinos. Matthew Plesa picked up the assist. Nic Plesa scored on the power play 12:19 into the second period to make the score 3-3. El Paso Rhinos earned a power play opportunity when Jordan Grywacheski was put in the box for holding. Peter Plesa provided the assist.
El Paso Rhinos\’ offense rang up 40 shots on Valencia Flyers\’ net. El Paso Rhinos\’ defense was uncharacteristically lax during the game. El Paso Rhinos is averaging 2.0 goals against for the season.
El Paso Rhinos additionally got points from Kalvis Ozols, who also grabbed one goal and one assist, Nic Plesa, who also registered one goal and three assists, and Peter Plesa, who also racked up two goals and one assist. Others who scored for El Paso Rhinos included Krisztian Nagy, Drew DePalma, and Jiri Pestuka, who scored one goal each. More assists for El Paso Rhinos came via Roman Konecny, who had one and Tom Bartel, who had three.
Valencia Flyers kept El Paso Rhinos\’ goalie busy throughout the game, and Bryce Fink made 27 saves on 32 shots. Valencia Flyers could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 24 minutes in penalties during the game.
Valencia Flyers was helped by Aharon Lara, who had two goals and one assist. Lara scored the first of his two goals at 3:57 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Valencia Flyers. Austin Ehrlich assisted on the tally. Lara\’s next tally made the score 7-5 El Paso Rhinos with 7:29 left in the third period. Ehrlich picked up the assist. Valencia Flyers also got points from Ehrlich, who also tallied one goal and two assists and Jakob Kranabetter, who also registered one goal and two assists to lead the team in points. Niklas Giers also scored for Valencia Flyers. Other players who recorded assists for Valencia Flyers were Filip Andreason and Chase Thesman, who each chipped in one.
El Paso Rhinos incurred 14 minutes in penalty time with seven minors. Valencia Flyers\’ Luke Thompson stopped 32 shots out of the 39 that he faced. Valencia Flyers registered two goals on six power play opportunities.