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The Rhinos were away all of this week on their longest road trip of the year. This week's report is courtesy of ol' reliable, Anson Lytle
The Rhinos reached the half way mark of the 1999 RHI season in third place in the tightly contested Western Conference after losing three closely played games on the road.
On Thursday, July 15, San Jose traveled to The Pond in Anaheim to face the defending RHI champion Anaheim Bullfrogs. With the game tied at 3-3 in the fourth quarter, Anaheim's high-powered offense took charge scoring three unanswered goals on their way to a 6-3 victory. Once again it was the league's leading scorer Hugo Belanger paving the way with two goals and two assists. Anaheim's second leading scorer Kevin St. Jacques added a goal and three assists in the win.
San Jose then traveled to Kiel Arena for the first time this year to face the Eastern Conference leading St. Louis Vipers. Despite defeating the Vipers 12-4 earlier in the year, the Vipers were able to claw back from an early 5-2 deficit by scoring six goals in the third quarter. With the Rhinos trailing 8-7 with just 13 seconds left, San Jose pulled goaltender Dennis Bassett and forward Jason Elders scored his 13th goal of the year to send the game into a shootout. However, St. Louis needed only three goals in the shootout and handed the Rhinos their first two-game losing streak of the year.
Prior to Saturday's game against St. Louis, the Rhinos signed free agent forward Ralph Barahona. Barahona, 34, joins the Rhinos after playing in 11 games with the Anaheim Bullfrogs this season, registering 14 points (2 goals, 12 assists). A four-year RHI veteran, Barahona previously competed with the Los Angeles Blades (1993), the Phoenix Cobras (1994-95) and the San Diego Barracudas (1996). In 77 career games, the five-foot-ten, 190-pound native of Long Beach, California has tallied 161 points (76 goals, 85 assists). Barahona tallied an assist in the Rhinos 9-8 shootout loss.
Yesterday, the Rhinos traveled to Minnesota to face the Blue Ox at Mariucci Arena. The last place Blue Ox jumped on the Rhinos early in the game, taking the lead just 56 seconds into the first quarter. After forward Dennis Purdie tied the game at 1-1, Minnesota bounced back with three consecutive goals to take a 4-1 lead. The Rhinos were able to cut the lead to one with goals from Elders and Jonathan Dubois, but Minnesota added another goal late in the fourth to seal the win.
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The Rhinos Week Ahead
The Rhinos visit the Las Vegas Coyotes Thursday July 22.The Rhinos then return home to take on the Buffalo Wings Friday July, 23 and then host the Coyotes again on Sunday the 25th.
The Rhinos complete 1999 schedule(HOME GAMES in CAPS)
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