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Another up and down week for the Purple and Gold. Win against Dallas, lose to Anaheim, win against Dallas. It would appear that scheduling the Stallions is the right thing to do as often as possible. Eleven games into the season, our beloved Rhinos are holding down the third and final playoff spot in the West. With 2 games in hand on the West leading Bullfrogs, the Rhinos have a definite shot at the Western title and the all important first round playoff bye. They will need to start showing that they can play for 48 minutes every time out though.
Your Rhinos Reporter was unfortunately forced to miss Thursday's match against the Stallions. Happily, Anson Lytle has come through again with this report,
"The San Jose Rhinos bounced back from their previous loss with a convincing 8-2 victory over the Dallas Stallions in front of 4,020 fans at spectacular San Jose Arena.
The Rhinos jumped on the Stallions at the outset as forward Tomas Kapusta scored his sixth goal of the season just 3:03 into the first quarter. After Dennis Purdie put San Jose up 2-0, Dallas defenseman Rob McCaig was charged with instigating a fight and, by rule, the Rhinos were awarded a penalty shot. On the ensuing penalty shot, Kapusta roofed a backhand past Dallas goaltender Joe Bonvie to put the Rhinos up 3-0 at the half. Rhinos goaltender Jeff Ferguson was spectacular in the first half, stopping all 18 shots he faced.
Dallas came out in the second half with a quick power-play goal from defenseman Tim Green, but the Rhinos responded with two more goals from forwards Rob Trumbley and Mark Woolf. With the Rhinos up 5-1, former Rhinos defenseman Kirk French, just acquired by Dallas, scored his second goal of the season to cut the lead to 5-2. However Ferguson, the game's first star, would shut down the Stallions offense thereafter stopping a total of 25 shots in the game. Rhinos forward Jason Elders tallied the next two Rhinos goals, his seventh and eight goals on the year, and Woolf added his second of the game to cap off the scoring at 8-2."
Saturday night's contest was infuriating on several levels. From the early lead that the Rhinos squandered to the cheapshot tactics of the Bullfrogs to the lack of creativity from our shootout team, it was not a very good evening overall for the Rhino faithful in attendance. The highpoint was the crowning of this week's Mr. Chaos, Jeff Ferguson. That's right, the Rhinos goalie earned the coveted Chaos through a laundry list of achievements, including a hilarious pregame interview, an assist, a slashing minor and some inspired wandering from his crease. Oh and by the way, he stopped 37 of 43 shots and played well enough to win. Unfortunately, the Rhinos couldn't pull it off, getting shut down completely in the shootout.
The week ahead will be a busy one for the Rhinos as they continue a five game road trip. They go into the Pond on Thursday for an important match against the Frogs. Then they have brutal back to back contests this weekend, Saturday in St Louis against the East leading Vipers and then up to Minnesota for a set to against the Blue Ox on Sunday. This is a critical time for the 'Nos, let's hope they pull it all together.
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The Rhinos Week Ahead
The rhinos visit the Anaheim Bullfrogs Thursday July 15.The Rhinos then travel to St. Louis to take on the Vipers Saturday July, 17 and then on to Minnesota to meet the Blue Ox on Sunday the 18th.
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