Robert Horak gave El Paso Rhinos the lead in the first period, and Ogden Mustangs was never able to catch up in a close game that ended 3-2.
Horak provided El Paso Rhinos with the game-winning tally when he scored 23:48 into the first period. El Paso Rhinos had gotten the advantage when Ogden Mustangs\’ David Clements was sent off for hooking. Gavin Abbott provided the assist.
El Paso Rhinos was sparked by Jiri Pestuka, who had one goal. Pestuka scored 24:44 into the first period to make the score 3-1 El Paso Rhinos. Sebastian Borg picked up the assist.
El Paso Rhinos\’ offense operated below its season average. El Paso Rhinos puts an average of 6.0 pucks into the net per game.
El Paso Rhinos additionally got points from Horak, who also tallied one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Koler Kanistanaux also scored for El Paso Rhinos. Other players who recorded assists for El Paso Rhinos were Patrick Stancl, David Brancik, and Vojtech Zemlicka, who contributed one each.
Ogden Mustangs was held below its usual level of production. Ogden Mustangs averages 4.1 goals per game. Ogden Mustangs forced El Paso Rhinos goalie Adam Vay to work between the pipes, taking 32 shots.
Ogden Mustangs was helped by Schuyler Seyfert, who registered one goal. Seyfert scored on the power play 13:58 into the second period to make the score 3-2 El Paso Rhinos. Ogden Mustangs had taken the advantage when El Paso Rhinos\’ Brancik got sent off for tripping. Ilya Bobko assisted on the tally. Ogden Mustangs also got points from Bobko, who also grabbed one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. In addition, Ogden Mustangs received assists from George Babos and Clay Cross, who each chipped in one.
Adam Vay made 30 saves for El Paso Rhinos on 32 shots. El Paso Rhinos incurred 16 minutes in penalty time with eight minors. Troy Turpin rejected 24 shots on goal for Ogden Mustangs. Ogden Mustangs incurred 12 minutes in penalty time with six minors.