Behind a great game by Joel Gellvear, who had two goals, Wichita Jr. Thunder defeated El Paso Rhinos, 5-2.
Gellvear\’s tallies came at 15:46 into the first period to make the score 2-0 Wichita Jr. Thunder and on the power play 4:02 into the second to make the score 3-1 Wichita Jr. Thunder.
Wichita Jr. Thunder kept El Paso Rhinos\’ goalie busy throughout the game, and Adam Vay made 43 saves on 48 shots.
Patrik Janac also scored for Wichita Jr. Thunder. More assists for Wichita Jr. Thunder came via Artis Mucenieks, Max McClelland, Zach Balodis, Jet Bell, Kris Tountas, and Ivan Brvenik, who contributed one each and Peter Ivicic and Jack McClelland, who each chipped in two.
El Paso Rhinos\’ offense operated below its season average. El Paso Rhinos averages 5.8 goals per game. El Paso Rhinos forced Wichita Jr. Thunder goalie Jake Larson to work between the pipes, taking 49 shots. El Paso Rhinos\’ defense let in more goals than it usually has this year. El Paso Rhinos gives up 2.4 goals per game.
El Paso Rhinos were helped by Vojtech Zemlicka, who registered one goal. Zemlicka scored 1:22 into the second period to make the score 2-1 Wichita Jr. Thunder. El Paso Rhinos also got a goal from Gavin Abbott as well. Other players who recorded assists for El Paso Rhinos were Robert Horak, who had one.
Jake Larson made 47 saves for Wichita Jr. Thunder on 49 shots. Wichita Jr. Thunder totaled 21 minutes in penalty time with three minors and one major and went 1-for-4 on the power play. For Wichita Jr. Thunder, Tountas was ejected from the game. El Paso Rhinos totaled 23 minutes in penalty time with four minors and one major and went 1-for-3 on the power play. El Paso Rhinos ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and John Bowen was ejected from the game.