(EL PASO, TX) — Jiri Pestuka and Patrik Stancl each scored twice and the El Paso Rhinos skated by the Springfield Express, 7-2, in the second game of the teams’ triple-header.
After battling most of the first period to get the opening goal in night’s 5-0 win, Rhinos team captain Sebastian Borg opened the scoring at of the first period. El Paso followed that with two quick goals just 52 seconds apart from Gavin Abbott at and Pestuka at .
David Higgs scored Springfield’s first goal of the weekend, taking advantage of a 5-on-3 to beat Adam Vay at the crease at of the second frame.
But Stancl scored twice to close the second, at and at , to keep the game out of reach.
Pestuka added his second at of the third, though it was quickly answered by Express forward Per Eriksson just 26 seconds later.
Rhinos forward Bryton Tomko finished the scoring, though, courtesy of a miscue from Springfield goalie Philip Babb. Caught in the corner, Babb threw a hopeful pass back into the middle of the ice. Tomko skated by his defender, took the puck and fired it into the empty net at.
El Paso improves to 27-3-0-0 and paces the WSHL’s Midwest Division with 54 points. Springfield falls to 18-14-1-0 and 37 points, still solidly in third place behind Oklahoma City.
The teams play once more www.elpasorhinos.com. afternoon at . Dollar hotdogs are on the menu. For tickets and information, contact the Rhinos’ front office at 915/479.PUCK (7825), or go to