El Paso Rhinos’ Marek Langhammer scored 4:19 into overtime to beat Wichita Jr. Thunder, 6-5 (OT).
Langhammer was all over the ice for El Paso Rhinos, as he tallied two goals and one assist in the win. Langhammer scored the first of his two goals at 3:14 into the third period to make the score 5-5. David Bures assisted on the tally. Langhammer’s next tally made the score 6-5 El Paso Rhinos with 15:41 left in overtime. David Brancik picked up the assist.
El Paso Rhinos’ offense rang up 47 shots on Wichita Jr. Thunder’s net. El Paso Rhinos’ defense let in more goals than it usually has this year. El Paso Rhinos averages 2.4 goals allowed per game.
El Paso Rhinos also got points from Brancik, who also tallied one goal and one assist. El Paso Rhinos also got a goal from Bryton Tomko as well. Other players who recorded assists for El Paso Rhinos were Sebastian Borg, who had two.
El Paso Rhinos was unable to stop Wichita Jr. Thunder from sending pucks towards the net, and Wichita Jr. Thunder eventually piled up 42 shots on goal. Wichita Jr. Thunder had trouble converting on the power play advantage, managing just two goals on 10 chances. Wichita Jr. Thunder got an offensive boost from its blueliners, who contributed two goals during the game.
Wichita Jr. Thunder was helped by Zach Balodis, who grabbed two goals. Balodis scored the first of his two goals on the power play at 8:52 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Wichita Jr. Thunder. Wichita Jr. Thunder had taken the advantage when El Paso Rhinos’ Robert Horak got sent off for cross checking. Joel Gellvear assisted on the tally. Balodis’ next tally on the power play made the score 2-2 with 15:34 left in the second period. Wichita Jr. Thunder earned a power play opportunity when Horak was put in the box for cross checking. Jack McClelland provided the assist. Wichita Jr. Thunder additionally got points from Gellvear, who also had one goal and one assist, McClelland, who also racked up one goal and two assists to lead the team in points, and Peter Cicmanec, who also registered one goal and one assist. More assists for Wichita Jr. Thunder came via Austin Barr, who had one and Jet Bell, who had two.
Adam Vay made 37 saves for El Paso Rhinos on 42 shots. El Paso Rhinos incurred 18 minutes in penalty time with nine minors. Cooper Blaine recorded 41 saves for Wichita Jr. Thunder. Wichita Jr. Thunder incurred six minutes in penalty time with three minors.