This weekend people in Minnesota, the self designated “State of Hockey,” New England, Michigan, and numerous communities where winter means rivers, ponds, and lakes, have turned to ice will celebrate Hockey Weekend Acro
Having done more than my share of minor league hockey play-by-play, I can appreciate a good call of the wackiness that happens when you combine chaos theory with not-well-thought-out marketing strategies and sporting events. This is called minor league sports. I've dealt with a team that changed its name to the Cow Pattys, seen a team play when it snowed through a hole in the El Paso County Coliseum roof and more. So I can appreciate the reaction of these announcers when faced with a large condor that decided it didn't want to be in a hockey rink. Imagine that!
What do you get when you combine some speedy skaters, solid defense and a line brawl? Highlights of the El Paso Rhinos shutting out the Cheyenne Stampede, 4-0, in the second game of the teams' three-game series. The Rhinos held the Stampede scoreless for over 149 minutes through the series.
Andrew Bradford scored twice, including notching the game-winner early in the third period, as El Paso survived a scare with a 4-2 come-from-behind win over the Cheyenne Stampede. Check out the video highlights from the game courtesy of the Rhinos and Southwest Video & Media and listen in again tonight at 7:30 and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. as we'll have the call on 600 ESPN El Paso.
It's nice to stretch my legs a bit after an all-night bus ride to Dallas as we get ready to bring you some Rhinos hockey for the first time this season. That said, after a few minutes staring at my mall food, I felt the need to contribute something rather than merely feeding at the trough of humanity here at the Grapevine Mills Mall.
Maybe El Pasoan and Rhinos' team captain Mike Rivera was relieving a little stress after taking his accounting final at UTEP earlier Friday morning. Whatever it was, his hockey team was the beneficiary of it, as Rivera scored three goals against the Tulsa Junior Oilers and El Paso rolled, 8-1.
Being a mall/department store Santa is a tough gig. They spend all day lying, telling complete strangers you are going to get them everything they want for Christmas. They spend all night drinking their sorrows away at a local watering hole.
Tyler Basham and Tommy Malkmus each had Texas hat tricks and the Rhinos' scored a team-record six short-handed goals to dominate the Wichita Junior Thunder in a second straight game, 14-2. An incredible three of Basham's goals came with the Thunder on the power play. Game three is Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.
It's been a great weekend so far, if you're a Rhinos fan. In the first game of the annual Thanksgiving Classic series, the El Paso Rhinos blasted the Wichita Thunder, 15-5. Making it even more fun for the fans, El Paso native and team captain Mike Rivera notched the hat trick with a goal in each of the three periods. One more tonight at 7:30 p.m. MST.
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