Oklahoma City Blazers Hockey

Blazers Don’t Quit….

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The Oklahoma City Blazers beat the El Paso Rhinos at the Sierra Providence Events Center in El Paso Friday by a score of 6-5. The Blazers silenced the Rhinos fans by scoring 4 unanswered goals in the the third period to secure the victory.

OKC jumped out to a quick two goal lead early in the first period on tallies by Ivan Bondarenko and Captain Michal Beranek. After that it was an all too familiar scene as the Rhinos had 6 consecutive power plays including a five on three opportunity and a stand alone 5 minute power play after referee Scott Rochefort issued a stand alone fighting major to Blazers defenseman Colton Nelson.  El Paso scored 5 consecutive goals to take a 5-2 lead into the second intermission.

Ironically enough it was Rochefort that issued the Blazers 11 consecutive minor penalties during a game last year in El Paso.

The Oklahoma City penalty killers did an outstanding job only allowing 1 Rhino goal on 8 attempts that were a total of 19 minutes at a disadvantage due the Nelson major. The Blazers had 2 power plays on the night and scored once.  El Paso officially went 1 for 8 on the PP and the Blazers 1 for 2.

“Our special teams gave us a chance to win the game. We were literally short handed for a third of the game. Killers were outstanding and we actually scored shorthanded goal which was the turning point of the game in my opinion,” said Head Coach Tyler Fleck.

Johan Sorkin’s early third period shorthanded goal 1:51 into the last frame would begin an onslaught of relentless pressure by the Blazers who scored 3 more times in a span of 2 minutes and 42 seconds to go ahead. Adam Skutchan scored on the power play to move the Blazers within one.  Marek Charvat would complete the comeback with a  blast for the blue line setting the stage for Bondarenko to add his 2nd of the night to give the Blazers the lead for good.

“We talked about playing 60 minutes and sticking together, we persevered tonight. I think we prepared our guys the best we could as to what was going to take place, the resistance and adversity that comes with playing here. It is 100% mental and being mentally strong. We can only control what we can control. I was proud of these guys for battling right through it all.”

The Blazers have a short history of taking the first game in El Paso only to have the Rhinos respond by winning the next night.  OKC and rival El Paso get back it tonight at 8:30PM CST for game 2 of the 3 game set.

The game can be watched live on Pay Per View on Eversport TV.  The game will be shown live at Gigglez Bar and Grill in downtown OKC. The official watch party place of Blazers Hockey.


“Lets Go Blazers”