Unlike Sunday’s game, the Rhinos opened the game with a strong offensive start. Cole Schneider started the Rhinos’ scoring at the 9:40 mark of the first period. Tristin Maestas, with the help of Cole Schneider and Cole Ingram, gave the Rhinos a two goal lead before the end of the first frame.
Rhino forward John Mulvihill’s shorthanded goal increased the RoadRunners’ deficit to three just 31 seconds into the second period. Then, with just 36 seconds remaining until the second intermission, Easton Easterson extended the Rhinos’ lead to four.
The RoadRunners cracked the goose egg when Derek Boutin slipped one past Rhino netminder Jordan Belley at the 5:16 mark of the period. The Rhinos, however, hung on to the lead and took the game 4-1, earning their first sweep of the season.
The Rhinos’ record improves to 6-1-1-1 and El Paso remains ranked fourth in the South Division. After this weekend, the Rhinos’ penalty kill became the best in the South Division at 91.1%.
Now, the Rhinos will head back to Oklahoma City this weekend for a two-game series against the Blazers.