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.
Two of the best teams in the Western States Hockey League are set to battle this weekend.
The El Paso Rhinos will take on the Long Beach Bombers in a highly-anticipated Western States Hockey League 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, Jan. 27-28, and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29.
El Paso, 27-5, is just one win behind first place in the Mid-Western Division, while Long Beach, 31-3, leads the Western Division. The Rhinos are looking to forward Alex Johanson, who has been stellar all season, tallying an incredible 70 points and 34 goals.
The Bombers counter with forward Roman Serafimovich and his 57 points and 26 goals.
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.