Rhinos Take Down OKC, 5-2
Friday night, the Oklahoma City Blazers kicked off the the year 2019 against the El Paso Rhinos, the second of three series between the two teams. In net for the Blazers was Xavier Garneau, against Nils Velm for the Rhinos.
Period number one was a struggle for advantage as both teams worked to find any advantages they could against the other. As things went back and forth, it was the Rhinos who picked up the first goal of the game as Max Kamper was able to get the puck inside the post and make it 1-0 in the final moments of the period.
Riding the momentum of the goal, the Rhinos opened up the 2nd period with a goal-mouth scramble to make it 2-0. The Blazers cut the lead in half as Tobias Thorner scored to make it a 2-1 game with just over seven minutes to go in the period. Another late-period goal by the Rhinos put them back up by two, as it was a 3-1 score after forty minutes.
The 3rd period was much like the first, as both teams tried to get a foothold and establish momentum. With 5:32 remaining, the Blazers climbed back to within one, as Vitali Mikhailov made it a 3-2 score. Minutes later, the Rhinos scored to make it 4-2 and force the Blazers to pull Garneau for the extra attacker.
With the empty net, El Paso put the final tally on the scoresheet, and pick up the win 5-2 over OKC.
Both teams return to the ice on Saturday, January 12th at 4:00pm for the second game of the weekend series at Arctic Edge!