Oklahoma City Blazers Hockey

Blazers Win in OT

blazers win game 1 at elpaso


The Oklahoma City Blazers defeated the El Paso Rhino’s Friday night in overtime by a score of 4-3.  Deadline acquisition Sam Mancini was the hero for the Blazers at 6:27 mark of the first overtime scoring the game winner. The Blazers carried the lead on 3 separate occasions but the defending champs were able to draw even. With the Blazers up 3-2 and under a minute to play Brighton Tomko circled in behind the Blazers goal and fed a pass up to Rhino’s defenceman David Brancik who would wire a shot into the OKC net and send the game to OT.

Oklahoma City would begin the first OT period short handed and were flawless only allowing 1 shot on goal during the penalty kill. The Blazers were awarded a power play of their own 4 minutes later which would set up the Mancini OT winner. Blazers dman Lubos Vacek would unleash a bomb from the top of the circles that was steered aside by Rhino goaltender Adam Vay but Kole Hudson would pounce on the rebound and feed a wide open Mancini in the slot for the slam dunk. Hudson finished the night with 3 assists. Kirill Romanov, Matthew Audette and Petr Kobes also added goals for OKC.

Blazer netminder Jakub Krejci was outstanding steering away 31 0f 34 shots and recording his 3rd playoff win.

The Blazers and Rhino’s play game 2 tonight at the Sierra Events Center in El Paso, Texas. Game time is 8:30PM CST