El Paso Rhinos squeaks by Phoenix Knights, 5-3

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Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 11:58pm

The game between El Paso Rhinos and Phoenix Knights was tight through all 60 minutes, but in the end El Paso Rhinos emerged with a 5-3 win.

El Paso Rhinos gained the winning advantage on a goal by Nick Plesa 8:00 into the third period and hung on until final buzzer.

El Paso Rhinos was paced by Plesa, who grabbed one goal.

El Paso Rhinos put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Phoenix Knights to score on any of its five power plays. El Paso Rhinos kept Phoenix Knights' goalie busy throughout the game, and Alex Taylor made 33 saves on 38 shots.

El Paso Rhinos additionally got points from Chad Cesarz, who also finished with one goal and one assist and Austin Hoff, who also had one goal and one assist. El Paso Rhinos also had goals scored by Tom Bartel and Chris Wilhite, who each put in one. Other players who recorded assists for El Paso Rhinos were Kalvis Ozols, Andrew Bradford, Peter Plesa, Roman Konecny, Matthew Plesa, and Jiri Pestuka, who each chipped in one.

Phoenix Knights was held below its usual level of production. Phoenix Knights averages 5.1 goals per game.

Phoenix Knights was helped by Mattias Marten, who registered one goal. Marten scored 2:40 into the second period to make the score 2-1 Phoenix Knights. Robert Crisci picked up the assist. Phoenix Knights also got points from Max Mahood, who also grabbed one goal and one assist and Ryan McNeely, who also finished with one goal and one assist. In addition, Phoenix Knights received assists from Tanner Branch, Mitch Cobby, and Jordan Cullum, who contributed one each.

Adam Vay recorded 25 saves for El Paso Rhinos. El Paso Rhinos incurred 16 minutes in penalty time with eight minors. Phoenix Knights incurred 10 minutes in penalty time with five minors.

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