El Paso Lands WSHL All-Time Assists Leader

by Eric Rogers

As the playoffs near, and the trade deadline inches closer, teams are beginning to make their final moves of the season to prepare for the stretch run to the Thorne Cup Finals in El Paso. It turns out, the host team made the biggest move to date this season, as they prepare to take on the top teams from around the league April 11th-15th. Hitting the Rhinos roster on Friday from the Valencia Flyers were Jakob Kranabetter, Nikita Pintusov, and Christopher Westover.

Earlier this season, Jakob Kranabetter took the mantle of the WSHL All-Time Assists leader, overtaking Tomas Nemeth with 210 assists, and is poised to also earn the All-Time Points leader, which Nemeth holds as well. With 94 points on the season, Kranabetter now sits as the leading scorer in the Midwest Division, one point ahead of Oklahoma City’s Ivan Bondarenko.

Nikita Pintusov was the third-leading point-scorer on Valencia, prior to the trade, but led the team in goals with 32. Chaseton Sare had previously been El Paso’s only 30+ goal-scorer prior to the trade.

The lone defenseman in the trade, Christopher Westover won’t make much of an impact on the scoresheet, with only 29 career points in the WSHL, but he will bring a big veteran presence to the El Paso blueline, as they build up to take on the high-powered offenses in the Thorne Cup Finals.

With a big weekend series against the Colorado Jr. Eagles ahead, all eyes will be on El Paso as we wait to see just how big of an impact those players provide.