In a do-or-die Friday night game on their home ice, the Rhinos rallied to beat the Utah Outliers 4-3, to move on in the Thorne Cup Championship.
The Rhinos now take on Idaho Saturday night at 7pm.
Our very own Steven Cottingham was there and brings you his view of the game in this ‘Story in Many Pics,’ while Duke Keith brings you the highlights and post-game interviews.
Round two of the Thorne Cup Finals for the El Paso Rhinos featured a familiar foe: the Oklahoma City Blazers Thursday night.
While the Rhinos may have had their way with the Blazers – and most of the WSHL teams – all season, the OKC team was out for blood, taking the game 4-3. The Rhinos are back in action Friday night at 7p vs the Utah Outliers.
Our very own Steven Cottingham was at the game and brings you his view in this ‘Story in Many Pics’
After rampaging through the regular season and playoffs, the Rhinos now turn their attention to hosting and dominating the Thorne Cup this week.
In their first round-robin game, the Rhinos will take on the Long Beach Bombers at 7 pm on Wednesday, April 11. On April 12 at 7 pm, they’ll face off against familiar foe, the Oklahoma City Blazers, before ending round-robin with a match up against the Utah Outliers on Friday at 7 pm.
After round-robin, the four teams with the highest point totals will advance to the semi-finals on April 14. These games will be played at 2 pm and 7 pm.
The two winners will advance to the finals on April 15 at 4:30 pm. For more information on the tournament structure, click here.
The Rhinos will start the Thorne Cup with the organization’s 10th Annual Teddy Bear Toss in memory of Joni Arnett. Remember to toss your teddies onto the ice after the Rhinos’ first goal of the game!
Also starting on Wednesday, the Rhinos will auction off their orange game-worn jerseys. The bidding will end at the 10 minute mark of the third period on Saturday.
For questions or more information regarding the Thorne Cup game schedule or the Rhinos, go online or call 915-479-PUCK (7825).
With dominating wins over the Dallas Snipers last weekend, the El Paso Rhinos will face off against the Oklahoma City Blazers in the Midwest Division Finals this Friday, Saturday and Sunday – if needed.
The Rhinos are riding a 19-game win streak after sweeping the Dallas Snipers in the Midwest Division Semi-Finals. Netminders Filip Krasanovsky and Kayden Pickles both earned shutouts this past weekend, while the Rhino offense posted 21 answered goals in two games.
Currently ranked second in the Division after the Rhinos, the Blazers clenched their Division Finals berth by beating the Springfield Express in game three last weekend.
OKC comes into the series as one of only two teams to earn a win over the Rhinos this season. In January, the Rhinos dropped their first game of the series, 5-4, in overtime. El Paso, however, earned the series win by winning the final two games of the series.
Now the Blazers look to guarantee their spot in the Thorne Cup tournament with a series win in Rhino Country. Should the Rhinos win the series, they will earn their ninth Division Title.
After this series, the team will prepare for the Thorne Cup. El Paso’s Round-Robin games are set for Wednesday, April 11, Thursday, April 12, and Friday, April 13, at 7 pm. The Semi-Finals will be held on April 14 and the championship game will be played on April 15 at 4:30 pm.
Tickets for Division Finals and the Thorne Cup can be purchased through Ticketmaster. The puck will drop at 7 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 4:30 pm on Sunday at the El Paso County Coliseum Events Center (4100 East Paisano).
Tickets start at $5 and can be purchased online or by calling the El Paso County Coliseum Box Office at 915-533- 9899.
After rampaging through the regular season, the El Paso Rhinos are rested and ready for the first round of the WSHL Playoffs this weekend against the Dallas Snipers.
The home playoff games against Dallas are set for March 23-25, with the second round scheduled for March 30-April 1. All playoff series are best two of three series, so Sunday games will only be played if necessary.
The Rhinos finished the regular season with a record of 49-1-1, the Western States Hockey League’s best regular-season record to date. For the Midwest Division Semi-Finals, the Rhinos will take on the Dallas Snipers, who are currently ranked fourth in the division. El Paso played Dallas three times during the regular season, sweeping them each time.
Every game has been won decisively and the team has scored over 80 goals on their fellow Texas team. Rhino netminders have also combined for five shutouts in nine games against the Snipers.
If the Rhinos win the match-up, they will advance to the Midwest Division Finals where they will take on the winner of the Springfield-Oklahoma City series.
Friday and Saturday games will start at 7 pm and Sunday games, if necessary, will start at 4:30 pm. Single game playoff tickets are on sale via Ticketmaster.
On Saturday, the Rhinos will auction off their game-worn black jerseys after the game. Additionally, through the Jerseys Off Our Backs promotion, every fan will have the chance to win a game-worn jersey which will be given to the winner during the third period.
Western Tech and Metro PCS will also present intermission contests and offer great prizes during the Friday and Saturday games.
The Rhinos will host also host the 2018 Thorne Cup Championship between April 11 and April 15, with five teams from around the country traveling to the Sun City for the Western States Hockey League’s annual tournament.
Round robin play will begin on April 11 and continue through April 13. The semi-finals will be played on Saturday, April 14, and the tournament will conclude with the championship game on Sunday, April 15.
As the host team, the Rhinos are guaranteed three games that will be played on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 7 pm. Tickets are on sale now here.
Thorne Cup tickets will be available for pick up on April 8 at the Rhino Fan Party from 12 to 2 pm at the rink.
The El Paso Rhinos are off to a sizzling start this season and are ready to extend their six-game win streak with their home opener this weekend.
Undefeated El Paso will take on the San Diego Sabers in a Western States Hockey League three-game home series at the El Paso County Coliseum Events Center located at 4100 East Paisano.
The Rhinos opened the new season with six straight victories, sweeping the Dallas Snipers and the Ontario Avalanche. In just six games, the Rhinos have scored a combined 37 goals.
The WSHL, an Amateur Athletic Union-sanctioned Tier II Junior A ice hockey league, features 23 teams split into four divisions: Western, Northwest, Mountain and Mid-Western.
El Paso plays in the Mid-Western Division, along with the Springfield Express, Oklahoma City Blazers, Dallas Snipers and Wichita Jr. Thunder.
The games are set for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 27-28, and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29. Tickets are $5 for general admission, $7 for Black Section, $10 for Grey Section, $15 for Orange Section, $25 for Glass Section, $30 for Balcony and free for military with ID.
They are available at the El Paso County Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000, online, and at the Coliseum Events Center Ticket Booth, which opens one hour before game time.
The Crash – the official name for a group of rhinos – is also the name of the Rhino’s official booster club and a membership drive is underway for the 2017-18 hockey season.
The booster club was established as a means of helping the El Paso hockey team achieve their goals, while maintaining the focus on the players themselves.
According to team officials, the plan is to support the Rhino players, which in turn, helps improve their experience while they are here in El Paso and away from home.
Via the team’s website, officials stated, “A strong booster club will help with recruiting and retention of players…the Crash will provide regular gatherings for the players, raise money, and have opportunities to meet the Rhinos…simultaneously, members will show out-of-town players just how great El Paso is.”
The Crash is a booster club with a $40.00 annual membership for individuals and a $60 membership fee for families. All members will receive opportunities to interact with the players, 100 Rhino Rewards points, and “backstage” access to specific events.
Last season, the Crash hosted a cookie swap, a video game night at Gamers Dunegon, a movie night at Alamo Drafthouse and other events for the team and members of the Crash.
Members of the Crash also welcomed new Rhinos this season with a team barbecue in September.
Each year the Crash hopes to have your support while it:
- Increases awareness of the El Paso Rhinos within the community
- Provides regular events for the players
- Ensures that players have food before traveling and after home games
- Looks to the future of El Paso hockey as it supports younger Rhinos
To become a member of the Crash, click here and register today.
The El Paso Rhinos are looking to get back on track in their highly competitive division in the Western States Hockey League this weekend.
The Rhinos will take on the Tulsa Jr. Oilers in a WSHL Mid-Western Division three-game home series at the El Paso County Coliseum Events Center, 4100 E. Paisano. The games are set for 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday, Feb. 24-25, and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26.
El Paso, 32-11, is in third place in the Mid-Western Division, after losing three straight to league-leader Oklahoma City. The Rhinos have been guided by forwards Chaseton Sare, with 37 goals and 87 points, and Alex Johanson with 37 goals and 76 points.
Tulsa, 13-32 and in fifth place, looks to forward Bogden Shleev and his 25 goals and 47 points.
Saturday’s game will feature the popular Jersey Off Our Backs promotion, where fans can buy raffle tickets for a chance to win a game-worn jersey. The Rhinos’ featured top will be a throwback El Paso Buzzards jersey, the city’s first professional hockey team.
Then, on Sunday, the unique Paint the Ice promotion will take place, where fans can join players in the rink after the game to draw on the ice. The cost is only $5.
Tickets are $5 for general admission, $7 for Black Section, $10 for Grey Section, $15 for Orange Section, $25 for Glass Section, $30 for Balcony and free for military with ID.
They are available at the El Paso County Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online.