As the El Paso Rhinos finished January with a three-game sweep of the Oklahoma City Blazers, now the Midwestern Division leaders are back at home for one of three remaining regular season home series.
This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the Rhinos take on the Northern Colorado Eagles who are currently ranked second in the Midwestern Division.
Both teams will enter the series on a win streak; the Rhinos have won 16 straight while the Eagles have had six consecutive wins.
While the Rhinos look to pick up three more wins at home, Rhino forward Tomas Urbanec also seeks to become the Western States Hockey Leagues’ All-Time Points Leader with only one more point. He is currently tied with former Rhino, Jakob Kranabetter, for the title.
Partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association for the series, the Rhinos will recognize community members who have been affected by Alzheimer’s.
Following Sunday’s game, the free Paint the Ice promotion returns. After the postgame skate, fans are invited to head to the east end of the arena to pick up paint and paint brushes, courtesy of Dunn Edwards Paints, and head onto the ice to create artistic masterpieces with the players.
Additionally, the El Paso Rhinos remind fans that the team and their rink have been nominated for Kraft Hockeyville, with voting set to end February 29.
Fans can help the rink by sharing a link to the El Paso County Coliseum Event Center rally page on their Facebook and Twitter accounts. More points can be earned for the rink if fans upload photos and videos, write short notes and like the photos and videos of others on the El Paso rally page.
The most points are earned for writing “stories,” or answering three questions, about how the rink supports the community.
Each year, Kraft Hockeyville USA recognizes the most spirited hockey community in the country and awards them with $150,000 in rink renovations and the opportunity to host an NHL game.
The puck will drop at 7 pm on Friday and Saturday and 4:30 pm on Sunday at the El Paso County Coliseum Events Center, located at 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.