Thursday: Oklahoma City 3 @ El Paso 5 – During the first period, Riley Hunt-Bahn, Sam Levin and Wesley Rees each tallied goals to take a 3-1 lead going into the second. Rhinos Reno Parker and Jaxon Penner increased the lead over the Oklahoma City Ice Hawks to by two in the second frame. Scoreless in the third, the Rhinos held on to win the first game of the series, 5-3.
Friday: Oklahoma City 5 @ El Paso 2 – The Ice Hawks saw four different players find the back of the net, never trailing as they picked up their first win of the 2021-22 season. Jakob Holley broke the deadlock early, his fourth of the year for Oklahoma City. Patrick Wyers beat the goaltender twice, earning himself the player of the game. Forwards Noah Henslee and Aaron Best also had multi-point games, both scoring and dishing an assist in the visitor’s victory. Payne Pent and Noah Easterson each scored their third goals of the season for the Rhinos, but they weren’t enough to close the deficit. Nathan Hadley finished the contest stopping 23 of 25, while El Paso’s Camden Pendleton saved 44 taking the loss.
Saturday: Oklahoma City 7 @ El Paso 3 – Patrick Wyers repeated his two-goal effort from Friday night in El Paso, scoring twice again on Saturday while adding two helpers for Oklahoma City in their impressive 7-3 win against El Paso. Noah Henslee also recorded a four-point night, scoring and assisting twice for the Ice Hawks. Richard Indermill, Jakob Holley, and Jesper Olsson also registered two points. Three different members of the El Paso Rhinos scored and kept it a contest, coming from Connor Thompson, Caden Butler, and Zachary Ware. Nathan Hadley captured the win stopping 33 shots, while Camden Pendleton and Peyton Brendel split time in the blue paint, combining for 42 saves in the loss.