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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.

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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.

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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.

 

Rhinos Sweep Knights, Win Streak at 24 Games

The Rhinos blasted 24 goals and blanked the Knights twice in this past weekend’s series, en route to another sweet sweep. With the three wins over the Phoenix Knights, 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. However, the also unbeaten Oklahoma City Blazers will travel to the Sun City for the Rhinos’ next home series this weekend.

Ranked second in the Mid-Western division behind El Paso, Oklahoma City has posted 205 goals in 21 games.

The final home series of 2017 will be Military Appreciation Weekend in Rhino Country. All military members and veterans with a valid military ID will receive free tickets for themselves and their families for this series and every series throughout the season.

The Rhinos will wear military themed jerseys on Friday and Saturday. The game-worn jerseys will then be auctioned off following Saturday’s game. The Rhinos will also recognize active and retired military members and veterans from El Paso area during each game of the three-game series.

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

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.

Game 1, 10-0 W

On Friday, the Rhinos boasted their offensive strength, posting 10 goals in their shutout of the Phoenix Knights. Austin Simpson had a trick trick and two assists while Chaseton Sare and Ty Erramouspe also saw pairs of goals. Rhino defenseman JC Dubecky tallied 4 assists on Friday as well.

Both teams incurred 10 penalty minutes on 5 penalties, but unlike the Knights, the Rhinos were able to capitalize on the man advantage. El Paso earned three power play goals and Sare even netted a shorthanded goal in the second period.

While Filip Krasanovsky didn’t see much action in the net, the Rhino netminder stopped all 16 shots he faced.

Game 2, 7-0 W

Unfortunately for the Knights, game two in Phoenix had a similar outcome. Filip Krasanovsky and the Rhinos blanked the Knights for the second game in a row. After Saturday’s win, Krasanovsky earned his sixth shutout of the season and tied the franchise shutout record.

Seven different Rhinos earned goals to contribute to the seven-point win. Rookie forwards Jared Marquette and Jayze Dundas-Schwartz both earned their first Rhino goals and helped lift El Paso over Phoenix.

Game 3, 7-4 W

Phil Pugliese, with the help of Cole Richardson put the Rhinos on the board early in the first period of Sunday’s matinee game. Max Kamper scored the Rhinos’ second goal of the game, but El Paso’s two goal lead was cut to one when Phoenix’s Anthony Masanotti earned a power play goal just before the end of the first period. With Masanotti’s goal, Rhino goaltender Filip Krasanovsky finally allowed a goal after 136 minutes.

The Knights held the Rhinos scoreless in the second period and evened the game at two after a goal by Joseph Platt’s power play goal.

Just over three minutes into the third, Phil Pugliese’s second goal of the night gave the Rhinos the lead once again. Adam Stalzer increased the Rhinos’ lead by a goal before Phoenix scored two goals back to back to come within one point of El Paso. Rhinos Austin Simpson and Ian McCollum also scored consecutive goals before Ty Erramouspe ended the game with an empty netter, making game three’s final score 7-4.

 

First-Place Rhinos Sweep Colorado, Head Home This Week to Battle Springfield

This past weekend, the El Paso Rhinos headed for Ft. Collins, Colorado to face off against the Colorado Eagles. Going into the series, the Eagles were ranked first in the Mountain Division, having lost only two games; while the Rhinos skated in with five sweeps and three shutouts.

Game 1, 4-3 W

With Colorado’s Anders Saarela’s goal early in the first, the Eagles were off to a great start. They were able to hold the Rhinos scoreless through the first twenty minutes. In the second period, however, the Rhinos took the lead by netting three consecutive goals in two minutes.

Chaseton Sare scored twice and Ian McCollum also picked up a goal, giving the Rhinos a two-goal lead. Just under the two-minute mark of the second period, Colorado’s Sylas Kalyan found the back of the net and cut El Paso’s lead to one. Only 25 seconds later, Austin Simpson, with the help of Sare and Phil Pugliese, gave the Rhinos back their two-point lead.

Although Colorado scored again before the midway mark of the third, the Rhinos held on to the lead and finished the game on top, 4-3.

Game 2, 6-0 W

On Saturday, El Paso blanked Colorado, with five different Rhinos contributing to the 6-0 final score. Tim Heffner tallied two goals while Chaseton Sare and Leeam Tivers netted one goal each. Carlo Wittor and Adam Stalzer both earned one goal and one assist while Phil Pugliese picked up two assists.

The Eagles had 63 penalty minutes on 18 penalties compared to the Rhinos’ 28 penalty minutes on 11 penalties. El Paso’s power play unit capitalized, scoring five of six goals while on the man advantage.

Rhino netminder Filip Krasanovsky stopped all of 33 shots and earned his fourth shutout of the season.

Game 3, 4-3 OT W

In game three, Colorado led the Rhinos by a single goal after two periods. The Eagles scored first but Chaseton Sare answered back with a power play goal. Blake Kauth closed the first period with a goal, giving the Eagles a one point lead that would last through the second period.

Early in the third, Colorado’s Sean McMahon increased the Eagles’ lead when he scored on a penalty shot that resulted from a tripping penalty called on Egor Sevriugen. The Rhinos’ leading scorer, Sare, cut the two-goal deficit to one when he scored on the two-man advantage. Three minutes later, Colby Haugen evened the score with another power play goal, sending the game into overtime. JC Dubecky then ended the game by scoring with only one minute and 13 seconds left in the first overtime, giving the Rhinos the OT 4-3 win.

The three losses forced the Eagles to drop to second place in their division. The Rhinos remain first in the Mid-Western Division, trailed by the Oklahoma City Blazers who have three fewer games played.

This week, the Rhinos will take on the Springfield Express for the second time this season. After sweeping Wichita, the Express are currently ranked third in the Midwestern. The Express have eight wins and only loss throughout nine away games.

The puck drops at 7 pm on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday for the Thanksgiving week match up.

Undefeated Rhinos to Open Home Hockey Season at Coliseum Friday

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.

 

Local Hockey Fans Can ‘Crash’ With the Rhinos via Booster Club

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.

El Paso Rhinos Release 2017-18 Schedule

While the calendar may say ‘August,’ your El Paso Rhinos are already looking forward to October and the cool confines of the El Paso County Coliseum Events Center.

On Monday, the Rhinos released their 2017-18 schedule for their Western States Hockey League campaign. The new schedule runs October through March.

The two-time champions again take on familiar foes from San Diego to Spingfield, as they begin their quest for a third Thorne Cup.

For ticket information, click here; for all the information on the Rhinos, visit their website or Facebook page

Charging Rhinos! Quest for Thorne Cup Continues Friday vs Wichita

The El Paso Rhinos have earned their way into the division finals in the Thorne Cup playoffs and are set to take on Wichita.

The two-time Thorne Cup-winning Rhinos will now face the Thunder in a best-of-three game series in the Thorne Cup Mid-West Division Championship of the Western States Hockey League at the El Paso County Coliseum Events Center.

The games are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 31-April 1, and, if necessary, 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 2.

The No. 1-seeded Rhinos will be guided by forwards Evan Camba and Arturas Lakaitis, both with strong performances in El Paso’s comeback series win over the Springfield Express this past weekend.

The third-seeded Thunder will rely on Oskar Gullstrom, left wing, and Peter Cicmanec, forward, the league’s leading scorers. Wichita knocked out the Oklahoma City Blazers to reach the division final.

The Thorne Cup Finals, set for April 12-16 at the Ice Sheet arena in Ogden, Utah, will feature the final six teams remaining in the playoffs in a round-robin-style finals format.

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.

Tickets 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 door.

(Video courtesy Duke Keith, Miguel Mendez and Southwest Video & Media)

El Paso Rhinos Start Chase for Thorne Cup at Coliseum Friday Night

The hockey playoffs are underway and the El Paso Rhinos are on a mission to capture another Thorne Cup title.

The two-time Thorne Cup-winning Rhinos, who earned a first-round bye, will take on the Springfield Express in a best-of-three game series in the Thorne Cup Mid-West Division semifinals at the El Paso County Coliseum Events Center at 4100 East Paisano.

The games are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 24-25, and, if necessary, 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 26.

The No. 1-seeded Rhinos, who finished the regular season with a stellar 38-12 record and atop the Western States Hockey League Mid-Western Division, will rely on the incredible play of standout forwards Chaseton Sare, who this season had 50 goals and a whopping 108 points, and Alex Johanson with 43 goals and 92 points.

Forward Gabe Lubwele, with 36 goals and 78 points, will be the force behind the Express, who knocked out the Tulsa Jr. Oilers in two games this past weekend to reach the semifinals.

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 door.

Hockey Night In El Paso: Rhinos Battle for Top Spot vs Express

The El Paso Rhinos are battling to take over first place in the Mid-Western Division of the Western States Hockey League as they head into the final weekend of regular season play.

The Rhinos will take on division leader Springfield Express in a three-game home series at the El Paso County Coliseum Events Center, 4100 E. Paisano. The games are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 3-4, and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 5.

El Paso, 35-11, is in second place in the division, with only one game separating the top three teams – the first place Express (36-12) and the Oklahoma City Blazers (35-12) in third. The Rhinos will once again look to the solid play of standout forwards Chaseton Sare, with 41 goals and 97 points, and Alex Johanson with 40 goals and 85 points.

Springfield will rely on forward Gabe Lubwele and his 35 goals and 74 points. All three players are among the top 10 scorers in the WSHL.

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.

Tickets are available at the El Paso County Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online.

Story in Many Pics: Rhinos Trounce Tulsa 12-1; Sweep Home Series

With only two series left to go in the regular season, the Rhinos ramped up their play this weekend, dominating the Tulsa Oilers and sweeping the series at home.

Andres Acosta was there and brings you this view of Sunday’s game via this ‘Story in Many Pics.’

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