El Paso Rhinos used a five-goal second period to put away Springfield Express, 9-1.
Springfield Express was stymied by El Paso Rhinos’ netminder Adam Vay, who stopped 28 shots during the victory. Vay managed to improve on his goals against average, which stood at 2.19 prior to the game.
El Paso Rhinos forced Springfield Express’ goalies to work all game long, getting 51 shots and forcing 42 saves. Oliver Eklund made 29 stops and Philip Babb made 13. El Paso Rhinos put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Springfield Express to score on any of its five power plays. El Paso Rhinos\’ goal total was higher than its season average. El Paso Rhinos averages 6.5 goals per game.
El Paso Rhinos was led by Gavin Abbott, who tallied one goal and two assists. Abbott scored short handed 4:06 into the second period to make the score 3-1 El Paso Rhinos. El Paso Rhinos also got points from Bryton Tomko, who also had one goal and one assist, Sebastian Borg, who also racked up one goal and one assist, Marek Langhammer, who also registered two goals and one assist, and Kendal Craig, who also tallied one goal and one assist. El Paso Rhinos also got a goal from Reinis Vitolins as well. In addition, El Paso Rhinos received assists from Jiri Pestuka, who had two and Patrick Stancl, Lukas Znosko, and David Bures, who each chipped in one.
Springfield Express\’ penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on four El Paso Rhinos power plays. Springfield Express’ offense operated below its season average. Springfield Express puts an average of 4.2 pucks into the net per game.
Springfield Express was led by Derek Smith, who scored the team\’s only goal. Smith scored 13:08 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Springfield Express. Tobias Sjolund picked up the assist.
El Paso Rhinos ended with 25 minutes in penalty time with five minors and one major. Springfield Express incurred 10 minutes in penalty time with five minors.