Four-goal third, hat trick from Prince, lead Tornado to 5-1 win
Three goals from Jack Prince, along with markers from both Joe Mottiqua and Jordan Lovick, gave the Tornado the victory in their first exhibition game of the season.
The opening period remained scoreless for most of the frame until the first penalty of the game led to a goal. The Tornado only needed nine seconds to score from their first power-play after Matt Purmal was called for an interference penalty. When Drew Allen won the draw to John Kirtland at the point, Kirtland fired one towards goal that was redirected by Prince and past Wildcats goalie Tyler Green for the opening goal.
The penalties piled up for the Tornado at the end of the period, though, and they opened up the middle frame down two men and forced to kill of a 5-on-3 Wildcats advantage. They were able to kill it off, however, despite another penalty to extend the 5-on-3 play.
The scoresheet was littered with penalties in the second period, but only one goal, which tied the game at 1. Purmal fired a wrist shot from about 10 feet inside the blue line on the far side, and got it past Jake Stafford to even the score. Stafford was otherwise flawless, stopping 28 of 29 shots he faced.
Historically, the Tornado have been a third-period team, and this game was no different. With the tilt still deadlocked at 1 mid-way through the period, Mottiqua cleaned up a loose puck on the doorstep to give Texas a 2-1 lead. Prince followed with his second goal of the game after he stickhandled through the right wing circle, deked Green, and slipped one over the line to extend the lead to 3-1.
Four minutes later, Lovick skated up the left-wing boards and made a move towards net when the puck hopped off his stick. It managed to find its way past Green, however, and Texas took a 4-1 lead.
Prince completed his hat trick two minutes later when a 2-on-1 developed with Marc Biggs. Biggs passed the puck from the right-wing circle to the left circle, where Prince corralled it and sent it over the blocker of Green for the hat trick and the final goal of the game.
As exhibition games tend to do as they draw on, this one get a little physical in the third period, as well. A pair of fights broke out in the final frame, the first one between Jason Eddy and Skyler Spiller and the second paired up Tyler Bruneteau and Mike Taylor.
The Tornado return to the ice tomorrow against Corpus Christi at Dr Pepper StarCenter in McKinney. Children 18 and under will be admitted free of charge, while adult tickets will be $5 at the door. All paying customers will receive a 2-for-1 voucher good for Opening Weekend against Fairbanks. The Tornado will host the defending Robertson Cup National Champion Ice Dogs September 30 and October 1.