2011-2012 Texas Tornado Report: Splitsville, New Mexico

Texas Got All it Could Handle this Past Weekend in Rio Rancho

The Texas Tornado (17-4-6, 40pts, #2 South) ventured out to Rio Rancho, New Mexico this past weekend to battle the Mustangs. Texas had been 5-0-1 against the 'Stangs this season however, they ran into a hot goalie on Friday night and were only able to come away with a weekend split, with the loss on Friday snapping their 12-game streak of earning at least a point.

More on the Tornado after the jump...

Texas Denied 44 Times in 2-0 Loss to New Mexico

The Texas Tornado have had their struggles with opposing goaltenders recently and Friday night was no exception, as New Mexico goalie Randy Graham made 44 saves en route to a 2-0 Mustangs victory. Reid Mimmack saw less than half of Graham's workload, but his 19 stops on 21 shots were not enough to match Graham, who halted the Tornado's streak of games with at least one point at 12. New Mexico opened the scoring in the first, added a late tally in the second and rode their goalie the rest of the evening for the win. Texas went 0-4 on the PP as well and were unable to capitalize on any chances, falling 2-0.

Tornado Rebound, Claim 5-4 Shootout Victory

Both the Tornado and the Mustangs scored 4-consecutive goals on Saturday, and although Texas blew a 4-goal lead, they eventually prevailed in a shootout by a score a 5-4. Reid Mimmack was the Tornado tender for the second straight night, and made 29 saves to pick up his sixth victory of the season. Texas scored the first four goals of the game, with the first coming from Justin Greenberg in the first period. Conner Burton and Jack Prince added tallies in the first as well and Texas took a 3-0 lead to the first intermission. Jake Strazlakowski added his first goal for Texas to make it 4-0 early in the second. From there, it was all New Mexico, as they scored 3 goals to end the second, and trailed 4-3 heading to the third. They tied the game with just 27 seconds remaining in the game and the New Mexico goalie on the bench for the extra attacker. Justin Greenberg was able to pop the shootout winner for Texas to claim the victory.

Looking Ahead:

The Tornado return home this weekend for a two-game set against the Corpus Christi Ice Rays. Texas and Corpus have played twice this season, with the Tornado dropping both games in Corpus Christi. Game time for both is 7:30pm. Tickets can be found here.

As always, follow all things Tornado at www.TornadoHockey.com and www.NAHL.com

I can be reached directly via email at Nick@TornadoHockey.com

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