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El Paso Rhinos Roll Out First Ever ‘Black and Orange Game’ in September

While we may be in the throes of August and all the summer heat, your El Paso Rhinos are looking to get on the ice early this year.

The defending Thorne Cup champs will take the ice in the Sun City in September for the first-ever Black and Orange Game.  Team officials announced the game Friday, adding that admission to the inter-squad match will be free.

On Saturday, September 29 at 7 pm, the Rhinos will play an inter-squad game where half the team, clad in black home jerseys, will face off against the other half who will be suited up in white away jerseys.

Not only will fans see the Rhinos take the ice for the first time, Season Ticket Holders can pick up their season tickets before the game and all fans can skate with the Rhinos following the match up. Fans can also take advantage of all the usual promotions like Jerseys Off Our Backs, Hot Diggity Dog, Miller Lite Scorer of the Game and more.

The puck will drop at 7 pm and tickets can be picked up on game day when the box office opens at 5:30 pm.

For questions or more information, call 915-479-PUCK (7825) or visit

Video+Gallery: Rhinos Rally to Beat Utah 4-3; Earn Semi-Final Spot Saturday

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.

Video+Story in Many Pics: OKC Blazers Best Rhinos 4-3

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’

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Story in Many Pics: Thorne Cup – Long Beach Bests Rhinos 4-1

The Thorne Cup-hosting El Paso Rhinos played to a full house Wednesday night, as they took on the Long Beach Bombers in the cup nightcap.

The Bombers dropped one in early, but the Rhinos came right back and tied it up; however they weren’t able to keep pace with the Californian’s goals, dropping the first game 4 to 1

Our very own Andres Acosta was there and brings you his views of the game in this ‘Story in Many Pics’  (Video courtesy of Duke Keith & Black Dog Hockey)


El Paso Rhinos Prep For OKC in WSHL Midwest Division Finals

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.

Red-Hot Rhinos Ready for Playoffs vs Dallas; Thorne Cup Championship Series

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.

Red Hot Rhinos Ready for St. Baldrick’s Series vs Dallas

Last weekend, the red-hot Rhinos scored 45 goals in a sweep of the Thunder, this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday they’re back in the Sun City for the St. Baldrick’s series.

After Saturday’s game, the team, including the coaching and training staff, stick boys, and other Rhino members, will shave their heads for the eighth straight year to raise money for childhood cancer research.

Fans will be able to bid on their favorite Rhino’s head to take the first swipe. All bids to take the first swipe for the head shaving will be done during the El Paso Rhinos home game Saturday, February 24 at 7:00 pm.

Bidding will conclude at the 10-minute mark of the third period and shaving will take place immediately following the game. Anyone that can’t make the game but wanting to bid can do so via email (

Email submissions must be submitted by February 23 at 11 pm (MT).  You can also help your favorite Rhino raise money by donating online.

Rhinos Return Home to Battle Dallas after Sweeping Thunder

Over the weekend, the El Paso Rhinos traveled to Wichita for their final regular-season road trip, and once again came away with a series sweep.

On Friday, Kayden Pickles stopped all nine shots he faced and earned his second shutout of the season. Max Kamper, Nikita Pintusov, Austin Simpson and Adam Stalzer each had a pair of goals and contributed to the 16-0 win over the Thunder.

Filip Krasanovsky started in net for the Rhinos on Saturday and quickly gave up one goal just under four minutes into the first period. However, with two shorthanded goals, Chaseton Sare’s five-point game and Austin Simpson’s four goals, El Paso ended the second game with a final score of 18-1.

Sunday’s 11-2 win saw two more power play goals, one shorthanded goal, hat tricks by Simpson and Pintusov and a pair of goals by Kranabetter.

El Paso’s sweep of the Thunder extends their win streak to 11 games and gives them a record of 43-1-1 on the season.

The Rhinos will host two more regular season home series on February 23-25 and March 2-4. On February 24, as part of the St. Baldrick’s series, the entire team will shave their heads to raise money for childhood cancer research.

The following Sunday, March 4, the Rhinos will host their Paint the Ice promotion as the final event in the Kids Series. Home playoff games are tentatively set for March 23-25 and March 30-April 1.

All playoff series are best two of three series, so Sunday games will only be played if necessary. Information on playoff tickets can be found here.

Story in Many Pics: Rhinos Down Eagles 5-1

The red-hot El Paso Rhinos returned home Friday night to start a three game series against the Colorado Eagles.

The series is off to a fine start, as the Rhinos topped the Eagles 5-1.  Our very own Steve Cottingham was there, and brings you his view of the game with this ‘Story in Many Pics’






Rhinos Return to Home Ice This Weekend to Face Colorado

Starting Friday night, the red-hot Rhinos welcome the Colorado Junior Eagles to the Sun City for a three game series

While the Rhinos will take the ice after a weekend off, Colorado is coming to El Paso after splitting a two-game series with the Rough Riders. In game two, the Eagles fell to Superior in two overtimes.  Currently, Colorado is ranked third in the Mountain Division, with 28 wins and 11 losses.

The Rhinos remain at the top of the Mid-Western Division, having lost only two games this season.

Photo courtesy El Paso Rhinos

In November, El Paso traveled to Ft. Collins and swept the Eagles, albeit with some difficulty. The Rhinos pulled out a 4-3 win in the first game, routed the Eagles in game two, 6-0, and fought to earn an overtime win in the final game of the series.

The El Maida Shrine will present the first series in February and on Sunday, the Rhinos will wear special Shrine jerseys.

These game-worn jerseys will be auctioned off in March and all proceeds will benefit the Shriners Hospital for Children.

The puck drops at 7:00 pm Friday and Saturday, and 4:30 pm on Sunday at the El Paso County Coliseum Events Center (4100 E. Paisano).

Tickets start at $5 and can be purchased online or by calling the El Paso County Coliseum Box Office at 915-533-9899.

Rhinos Return For 1st Home Series of 2018

The first-place El Paso Rhinos take on the Dallas Snipers this weekend for the first home ice series of 2018.

The Rhinos are lead the Mid-Western Division with a record of 34 wins and two losses, while the Dallas Snipers trail in fourth place with only seven wins and 26 losses. El Paso has started off the year with five wins, dropping one game to the Blazers in Oklahoma City.

Since January is Blood Donor Month, the United Blood Services of El Paso will present the January home series. Blood donors will receive FREE Rhino tickets to this weekend’s games.

On Friday and Saturday, the team will wear special United Blood Services jerseys. The game-worn jerseys will be auctioned off during Saturday’s game and all proceeds will benefit the United Blood Services

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 E. Paisano).

Tickets start at $5 and can be purchased online or by calling the El Paso County Coliseum Box Office at 915-533- 9899


Rhinos Earn Series Win in OKC; Return Home Next Week

Coming off last week’s sweep of the Wichita Thunder, the Rhinos traveled to Oklahoma City to face off against familiar rivals, the Blazers.

While it wasn’t a sweep in OKC, the Rhinos still slapped the Blazers back, taking the series two games to one.

After the series in Oklahoma City, the Rhinos are now 34-1-1 on the season. They will have a bye week before they return to the Sun City for the United Blood Services series on Jan. 26, 27, and 28.


Game 1, 5-4, OTL

In the first game, the Rhinos outshot the Blazers, 41-28, but still managed to fall to Oklahoma City in overtime, 5-4. Both teams were scoreless until Ivan Bondarenko, with the help of Joshua Chamberlain and Connor Dunn, slipped one past Rhino netminder Filip Krasanovsky at 8:24 in the first period. Shortly thereafter, Phil Pugliese and Jacob Ugenti received matching roughing penalties, earning the second and third penalties of the period.

Just under the two-minute mark, Ivan Bondarenko scored again to give the Blazers a two-point lead. Thirty-four seconds later, however, Donald Alchin cut Oklahoma City’s lead to one. Chaseton Sare then evened the game at two just before Carlo Wittor gave the Rhinos the lead with only 17.8 seconds left in the first. In just a minute and seven seconds, the Rhinos had created a one-point deficit for Oklahoma City.

The second period made up for what the first period lacked in penalties. In twenty minutes, both teams saw a total of 22 penalty minutes, 18 of those minutes issued to the Rhinos. Of El Paso’s four penalties, the Blazers were able to capitalize on a hooking call near the end of the period. With the man-advantage at 1:52, Oklahoma City forward Vitalii Mikhailov evened the game at three.

Both teams entered the third period knotted at three until Chamberlain helped the Blazers regain the lead just before the halfway point of the period. El Paso’s leading scorer, Chaseton Sare, however, tied the game yet again forcing overtime.

Exactly four minutes into the extra period, Griffin Wiencek beat Krasanovsky with a power play goal to give the Blazers their first win over the Rhinos this season.

Game 2, 2-1, OTW

Although the first period of Saturday’s game saw no goals, both teams had several penalty minutes. El Paso’s Austin Boyle and Oklahoma City’s Zachary Colgrove received matching unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. The Rhinos picked up a pair of penalties while Oklahoma City also earned two more penalty minutes on a slashing call.

Just over three minutes into the second period, Rhino forward Adam Stalzer put the Rhinos on the board. El Paso clung to their one goal lead until the Blazers evened the game at 4:28 with a goal by Patrick Tondl.

Unable to earn a single point in the third period, both teams headed into overtime eager to finish the game quickly. Two minutes and six seconds into the first overtime, Adam Stalzer and Jake Kopinski fed the puck to Maguire Blair who gave the Rhinos the 2-1 overtime win.

Game 3, 3-1 W

With the series tied at one, El Paso needed to stave off the Blazers to win the series. Rhino Chaseton Sare and Blazer Connor Dunn started off the first period with matching unsportsmanslike conduct penalties. A few minutes after being released from the penalty box, however, Sare gave the Rhinos their first lead of the game. Ivan Bondarenko followed up Sare’s goal with his own, tying the game at one.

Both teams, entering the second period with one goal apiece, picked up two penalties before Chaseton Sare could net his second of the game at 7:49. Holding onto their one goal lead, the Rhinos earned a 3-1 victory over the Blazers when Nick Hames earned the final tally of the game in the third period.


Next Friday and Saturday, the team will wear special Blood Services jerseys that will be auctioned off after Saturday’s game. All proceeds will benefit the United Blood Services.

The puck will drop at 7 pm on Friday, January 26, and Saturday, January 27, and at 4:30 pm on Sunday, January 28, at the El Paso County Coliseum Events Center (4100 E. Paisano). Tickets start at $5 and can be purchased online or by calling the El Paso County Coliseum Box Office at 915-533-9899.

Rhinos Sweep Thunder, Continue Road Trip at Oklahoma City

The El Paso Rhinos continued their red-hot streak, not only sweeping the Wichita Thunder, but holding them to zero point over the three game series.

In the first series of 2018, both teams hoped to earn three wins for a strong start to the new year.

Going into the series, Wichita had three wins and 24 losses in the first half of the season, earning them last place in Mid-Western Division. Conversely, the Rhinos, one game shy of having a perfect record in their first 30 games, sat at the top of the division.

The Rhinos will travel to Oklahoma City next weekend to face off against the Blazers, who are ranked second, behind the Rhinos, in the Mid-Western Division

Game 1, 8-0 W

In game one, the Rhino forward Adam Stalzer scored 14 seconds into the first period to give the Rhinos an early lead. The first period saw four more goals as Stalzer scored a second time and Jimmy Beirne, Cole Richardson and Logan Orem earned goals of their own. Wichita’s only two shots in the game also came in the first period, but Rhino goaltender Kayden Pickles stopped them both.

Nolan Haugen increased the Rhinos’ lead to six when he scored at 7:43 in the second period. New forward Maguire Blair, who arrived in the Sun City after the holiday break, earned his first goal as a Rhino when he netted the last two points of the game. With a score of 8-0, El Paso finished the game with three power play goals, for a power play percentage of 50 percent, and one shorthanded goal.

Game 2, 15-0 W

Eleven different Rhinos had points in the Rhinos’ 15-0 win over the Thunder on Saturday. Ty Erramouspe and Maguire Blair both had hat tricks and assists while Phil Pugliese and Nolan Haugen each had a pair of goals as well. Austin Boyle, Adam Stalzer, Leeam Tivers, and Austin Simpson each had a multi-point game, helping lead the Rhinos to a two-game lead in the series.

In goaltender Trevor Buckmeier’s first start of his Rhino career, he stopped all seven shots he faced and earned his first shutout of the season. While Buckemeier and the Rhinos’ penalty kill remained perfect and even netted a shorthanded goal, El Paso’s power play percentage was 29 percent with two goals on seven opportunities.

Game 3, 9-0 W

On Sunday, the Rhinos swept the Thunder after blanking Wichita for the third time. While seventeen different Rhinos contributed to the nine points scored, the team posted nearly 100 shots. Forwards Phil Pugliese and Leeam Tivers each had two goals and Tom Kuebler, Carlo Wittor, Adam Stalzer, Austin Simpson as well as Ty Erramouspe earned their own goals throughout the game. As in both previous games, El Paso posted two power play goals and one shorthanded goal.

With the shutout, goaltender Filip Krasanovsky picked up his seventh perfect game of the season. He also picked up a helper on one of Tivers’ goals.

Rhinos Host Military Appreciation Series this Weekend

The El Paso Rhinos will put their 24 game win streak on the line this weekend, as they host the unbeaten Oklahoma City Blazers.

It is also Military Appreciation Weekend in Rhino Country, and the team will auction off game-worn Military themed jerseys on Saturday and recognize active duty service members and veterans during each game.

On Saturday, one active duty military member will shoot to win a new Ford truck, courtesy of Shamaley Ford.

With the three wins over the Phoenix Knights last weekend, El Paso earned their eighth straight sweep of the season, extending the win streak to 24 games. Not having lost a game yet, the Rhinos sit at the top of the Western States Hockey League’s Midwest Division.

The puck will drop at 7 pm on Friday, December 8, and Saturday, December 9, and at 4:30 pm on Sunday, December 10, at the El Paso County Coliseum Events Center (4100 E. Paisano).

Tickets start at $5 and can be purchased online or by calling the El Paso County Coliseum Box Office at 915-533-9899.


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