(EL PASO, TX) -- Peter Plesa notched a hat trick and the El Paso Rhinos scored four short-handed goals -- three on the same Wichita power play -- sweeping the Jr. Thunder in front of a sell-out crowd of 1,832 with a 12-1 win Saturday 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.
After 46 games, the start of the second season is here for the El Paso Rhinos. The Western States Hockey League Mountain Conference Champions are preparing to host the Phoenix Knights in the first round of the WSHL Playoffs.
The El Paso Rhinos have almost methodically dominated their Mountain Division of the Western States Hockey League. They have clinched a playoff birth and will close out their final regular season homestand this weekend against the Phoenix Knights.
Yesterday, the El Paso Rhinos announced that another member of their youth development hockey program was going to get an opportunity to play with the big club. Kendal Craig has been involved in the Rhinos program for nearly five years, and now has made the final roster of the Junior A amateur team.
Things have been good to the El Paso Rhinos this season. The team is well-rested after an off week. This weekend, the always tough Boulder Bison are in El Paso to play the Rhinos. The two teams met earlier in the season, with the Bison winning two out of the three games.
Despite their 26-6 overall record and 11-point lead for first place in the Mountain Conference, El Paso Rhinos head coach Cory Herman is not satisfied. After winning two out of three games in Dallas, the Rhinos hope to continue their success this weekend when they host the second place Cheyenne Stampede for a key series at the Sierra Providence Events Center.
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