Oklahoma City Blazers Hockey


Blazers 3 El Paso 1

The Oklahoma City Blazers finished off the three game sweep of the visiting El Paso Rhinos Sunday by a score of  3-1. After exchanging goals in the first period, it would take until 8 minutes remaining in the third for the Blazers to break the tie. Defenseman Jiri Hajda made a beautiful shot pass to OKC sniper Tomas Nemeth about 5 feet wide of the El Paso goal that Nemeth was able to precisely redirect between the Rhinos net minders legs. El Paso goaltender Ryan Buttazzoni was sensational in net making miraculous saves to keep the game tied but in the end the Blazers were just too much. Colton Nelson got the Blazers on the board with a seeing eye wrister from the point in the first period and Ivan Bondarenko added an empty netter to seal it for OKC.

The Blazers and Rhinos rivalry had all the elements of a bitter rivalry with several fights over the weekend, vicious hits and endless jawing after the whistle. Most notably the trend that started with bad blood last year, both teams refusing to shake hands after the game, something that is now looking like a tradition between OKC and El Paso.

The Blazers hit the road next weekend for three very difficult games against 2nd place Wichita. The Blazers play at 7:05PM Friday at the Wichita Ice Center, 3:30PM at Intrust Bank Arena on Saturday, and 11:00AM back at the Wichita Ice Center on Sunday. All games can be watched live at Gigglez Bar and Grill in downtown OKC. Gigglez Bar is the official watch place of Blazers hockey.

The Blazers next home game is Saturday, January 30th when they host Turnpike Rival Tulsa Oilers at the Blazers Ice Centre. Gamtime vs Tulsa is 6PM.

“Let’s Go Blazer’s!”