The Texas Tornado (11-3-4, 26pts, T-2nd South) ventured to New Mexico this past weekend looking to continue their early season dominance against the Mustangs, having beaten them 4-out-of-4 games this season. However, all of those wins had come at home in Frisco at the Dr Pepper Arena.
The Tornado ended up with a split on the weekend series, but should have won both games after blowing a 3-goal lead in the last 45 seconds of the third period on Friday.
More on the Tornado after the jump...
Heading back on the road for the first time in two weeks, the Tornado looked poised and ready to claim their 5th victory in as many tries against the Mustangs, for the first 59 minutes of the game. Holding a 7-4 lead thanks to goals from Taylor Herndon (2), Jordan & Justin Greenberg, Marc Biggs, Drew Allen, & Andrew Paras with just under a minute remaining, the wheels fell off. A series of bad decisions by the Tornado led to them having 3 penalties to kill with 47 seconds remaining in the game. 3 PP goals and 44.7 seconds later, the game was tied and headed to OT. A scoreless OT sent the game to a shootout, where the Mustangs completed the fast and furious rally to win the game 8-7.
With the blown-late lead still fresh on the minds of all, the Tornado came out and re-asserted themselves in the season series, with a dominant, 9-2 statement win. This win was all about Captain Jack Prince, as he potted 4 goals in the win, including the first goal early in the game to put Texas up 1-0 and a late PP goal in the first to help stake Texas to a 2-1 lead after one. Ondrej Kotpa's first career NAHL goal put Texas up 3-1 and when Prince finished off his hat-trick a few minutes later, the rout was on at 4-1. The Tornado would continue to pour it on, a result of the previous night's meltdown, no doubt, as Jordan Lovick added a goal to make the Tornado lead 5-1 at the second intermission. Marc Biggs kept the scoring party going, making the lead 6-1 early in the third and when Prince added his 4th of the game, the Mustangs were done. Or were they? The Mustangs would score once more to make it 7-2, but goals from Justin Greenberg and Nick Neville easily salted away the 9-2 win.
After traveling to New Mexico for the past weekend, the Tornado now take their show to Fresno, California for a trip against the Fresno Monsters (8-5-4, 20pts, T-4th West) who went 4-0 at the NAHL Showcase in Blaine, Minnesota, but have since cooled with a record of 4-5-4 since. Regardless, Texas has not been a solid road team this season, sporting a pedestrian 3-2-2 record away from the Dr Pepper Arena so they will be looking first and foremost at their own game and trying to get that in order.
After this road trip, the Tornado will return home for 3 games in 5 days on November 18th, 19th, and 23rd. There are great promotional incentives for each night as well.
--Friday, November 18th is the Canned Food Drive benefiting Frisco Family Services. All fans who present a non-perishable food item at the game will be admitted free. All food will be donated to Frisco Family Services.
-Saturday, November 19th is Military and Public Servant Appreciation Night! All military and public servants (current, reserve, retired) will be admitted free of charge, while all family and friends can receive discounted tickets at $5 a piece.
-Wednesday, November 23rd is Youth Jersey Night! All kids in their youth team jerseys (any sport/performer/uniform) will be admitted free of charge!
Tickets can be found here or by calling 972-335-9800.
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