El Paso Rhinos had a five-goal lead after two periods and cruised the rest of the way en route to an 8-3 win over Wichita Jr. Thunder.
Martin Hanl had two goals to lead El Paso Rhinos to victory. Hanl scored at 5:24 into the second period to make the score 4-0 El Paso Rhinos and again while on the power play 17:21 into the third to make the score 8-2 El Paso Rhinos.
Wichita Jr. Thunder's power play was ineffective against El Paso Rhinos' penalty kill, which allowed one goal while shorthanded.
El Paso Rhinos forced Wichita Jr. Thunder's goaltenders to work without much rest, finishing with 41 shots and forcing 33 saves. Jake Larson made 19 stops and Cooper Blaine made 14. El Paso Rhinos' goal total was higher than its season average. This season, El Paso Rhinos averages 5.9 goals per contest.
El Paso Rhinos also got points from Sebastian Borg, who also grabbed one goal and one assist and Kendal Craig, who also racked up one goal and one assist. El Paso Rhinos also had goals scored by Vojtech Zemlicka, who had two and David Brancik and Gavin Abbott, who scored one goal each. Other players who recorded assists for El Paso Rhinos were Patrick Stancl, Dominique Pozzi, Lukas Znosko, and Marek Langhammer, who each chipped in one and Reinis Vitolins and Bryton Tomko, who contributed two each.
El Paso Rhinos was unable to stop Wichita Jr. Thunder from sending pucks towards the net, and Wichita Jr. Thunder eventually piled up 33 shots on goal.
Wichita Jr. Thunder was led by Jet Bell, who registered one goal and one assist. Bell scored 19:42 into the second period to make the score 6-1 El Paso Rhinos. Chance Aquino picked up the assist. Others who scored for Wichita Jr. Thunder included Patrik Janac and Joel Johnson, who each put in one. In addition, Wichita Jr. Thunder received assists from John Pierce, Max McClelland, Jack McClelland, and Peter Cicmanec, who each chipped in one.
El Paso Rhinos' Adam Vay stopped 30 shots out of the 33 that he faced. El Paso Rhinos incurred 12 minutes in penalty time with six minors. Wichita Jr. Thunder incurred 12 minutes in penalty time with six minors.