(EL PASO, TX) — Cody Oakes opened and closed the scoring and the Superior RoughRiders downed the El Paso Rhinos, 4-1, to send the reeling Rhinos to 3-4-0.
El Paso has never been under .500 this far into a season. The normally reliable Rhinos offense has yet to hit its stride.
Superior lived up to its Colorado hometown’s name despite being outshot by the hosts, 28-22. Goaltender Pontus Holm let in only one shot — defenseman Brennan Johnson’s blue line blast with just left in the game.
In the meantime, the Rhinos are left to ponder the defensive mistakes that led to each of the RoughRiders’ four goals. A bad pass in the defensive zone led to game-opener, as Oakes was given the puck to break in on new goalie Nikifor Mukharev, zipping the puck through the five-hole to make it 1–0 at of the opening frame.
Superior broke through El Paso’s defense for a pair of breakaway goals just over two minutes apart in the second period as Cameron Gardner got wide and shoveled a pass for an easy tap-in goal from Sean DeKramer at , followed by Blake Couture’s two-line bomb pass that found Mans Linqvist at .
Oakes closed the scoring at of the third.
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