The path to the 2018 Thorne Cup was a short one, but a tough one for the home-standing El Paso Rhinos.
After steamrolling through the regular season, the Rhinos hit a couple of bumps along the way – thanks to the Long Beach Bombers and the OKC Blazers, but came through in the do-or-die games to make the semis, and then the finals.
Sunday afternoon’s game was a back and forth affair, with the Rhinos finally firing the goal that put them on top with only 1:30 showing on the clock.
Our very own Steven Cottingham was there and brings you all the championship action in this ‘Story in Many Pics.”
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.
For the third time in the team’s 12-year history, the El Paso Rhinos will host the annual Western States Hockey League season finale tournament, featuring six of the best teams in the nation, at the El Paso County Coliseum Events Center (4100 East Paisano.)
The first round gets underway April 11, with the semifinals April 14 and the championship April 15.
“We are excited to have teams from around the country experience the hospitality of the Sun City,” said El Paso Rhinos coach Cory Herman. “We’re also thankful to have the support of El Paso behind us as we make a run for the Thorne Cup here in Rhino Country.”
The Rhinos have two Thorne Cup titles – 2008 and 2014.
The last time El Paso hosted the Thorne Cup tournament, the team won the championship with a stellar 44-2 record. Currently, the Rhinos are in the midst of a phenomenal season with a 46-1-1 record, so far, in their quest to win the title once again on home ice.
The Rhinos have only three games left in the regular season – 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, March 2-3, and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 4, against the Wichita Jr. Thunder at the Events Center – before competing in the Thorne Cup playoffs.
The WSHL is an Amateur Athletic Union-sanctioned Tier II Junior A ice hockey league, which features 23 teams split into four divisions: Mid-Western, Western, Northwestern and Mountain.
El Paso plays in the Mid-Western Division, along with the Oklahoma City Blazers, Dallas Snipers, Springfield Express and Thunder.
Tickets, which will cost $7, $10, $15, $20, $30 and $35, plus fees, will be available at the Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online.
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@example.com).
Email submissions must be submitted by February 23 at 11 pm (MT). You can also help your favorite Rhino raise money by donating online.
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.
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.
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.
The red-hot El Paso Rhinos returned home Friday night to start a three-game series against the Dallas Snipers. The Rhinos did not disappoint, dominating Dallas 13-0.
First period goals scored by Leeam Tivers, JC Dubecky, Max Kamper, and Jayden Ritchie; Second period goals scored by Leeam Tivers, Jared Marquette, Dallas Klaassen, Nick Hames, and Chaseton Sare; Third period goals scored by JC Dubecky, Maguire Blair, Austin Simpson, and Chaseton Sare.
Our very own Andres Acosta was there, and while he didn’t get in on the Goalapalooza, he did capture all the action and brings it to you in this ‘Story in Many Pics.’
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).