OKC Falls in Final Home Game of 2018, 4-2

by Eric Rodgers

Sunday afternoon, the Oklahoma City Blazers closed out their 2018 home slate of games against the El Paso Rhinos. Xavier Garneau took the net for the first time of the weekend, against Nils Velm for the Rhinos once again.

The 1st period remained a scoreless affair, with the first goal of the game coming just 28 seconds into the 2nd period. Dominic Loubert opened the scoring, assisted by Henrik Overvall and Vitali Mikhailov.

A minute later, El Paso tied up the contest, but the Blazers jumped out to the lead again, with another goal by Loubert. With just 38 seconds left in the period, the Rhinos tied things up once again.

That would be the tipping point of the contest, as El Paso added a pair of goals in the 3rd period and keep OKC off the scoresheet the rest of the game to split the weekend with a 4-2 win.

Garneau made 35 saves as he suffered his first loss of the season.

The Blazers head on the road to take on the Wichita Jr. Thunder in Kansas, as they begin their road trip to Vegas for the Western States Shootout.