Joshua Mikes notched a hat trick, goalie Filip Orcik stopped 45 of 47 El Paso shots and the Bay Area Seals avenged a first-round loss to the Rhinos with a 7-2 win, vaulting the Seals into the Thorne Cup Finals Easter Sunday in McCall, ID
Taylor Bargar and Chad Cesarz each scored twice and the Rhinos' special teams contributed half of their eight goals Friday afternoon, as El Paso dominated the Fresno Monsters from start to finish, 8-3.
The El Paso Rhinos overcame a disastrous first period to score five unanswered goals, roaring back to double the Bay Area Seals, 6-3, in their opening game at the Thorne Cup championship tournament in McCall, ID, Thursday night.
Under head coach Cory Herman, the Rhinos wrapped up their sixth trip to the Thorne Cup Finals in the last seven seasons. They swept the Phoenix Knights and Boulder Bison to return to the Thorne Cup and compete for the coveted Western States Hockey League title.
Check out the video highlights as the El Paso Rhinos beat the Boulder Bison, 4-1, to sweep the Mountain Conference championship series and earn a trip to the Thorne Cup Championship Tournament Easter weekend.
A few days ago the Iceman had the opportunity to go to Disneyland with his family for Spring Break. Now I hadn't been to the "happiest place on Earth" since 1996 when I was a junior in high school, but the experience was as memorable as ever.
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