Jutras, six different scorers lead Tornado to victory over IceRays
In Thursday’s exhibition game against Wichita Falls, Jake Stafford allowed just one goal and stopped 28 of the 29 shots he saw. Joakim Jutras did him one better tonight against Corpus Christi, turning aside all 22 IceRays shots en route to a shutout and a 6-0 Tornado victory.
The biggest save Jutras had to make wasn’t even on an IceRays shot. Corpus Christi dumped a puck down into the far-side corner, but the puck hit the glass, took a funny bounce and headed straight for the net. Jutras was halfway out of his net, but was light on his feet to get back in goal and make the stop with his glove.
The Tornado got on the board at the 7:36 mark of the first period, when a scramble in front ensued and the puck fell to the stick of Steven Prince. Prince settled it down and put it past IceRays goalie Anthony Stolarz to give the Tornado the 1-0 lead.
Just over two minutes later, Connor Burton and Joe Mottiqua entered the Corpus Christi zone on a 2-on-1. Mottiqua found Burton on the left wing, who one-timed it home for a two-goal Texas advantage.
The Tornado picked up two goals in the second period, as well. At the 9:02 mark, Jordan Greenberg’s initial shot was stopped, but a backchecking Dmitry Ermakov knocked the puck over his own goalie’s right shoulder, and Greenberg was given credit for the goal. 100 seconds later, Jack Prince picked up his fourth goal in two games after he and Marc Biggs entered the zone on a 2-on-0. Prince made the initial pass, Biggs one-touched it right back to him, and Prince fired it home to make it 4-0.
The third period yielded two more Tornado goals, the first of which came at the 14:52 mark. Jordan Greenberg found his brother Justin with a backhand pass to the slot. The younger Greenberg settled it and put it home for the fifth Tornado goal. Under two minutes later, Burton found Vadim Kravchenko at the left-wing circle, who scored to make it a 6-0 game.
With 2:30 remaining and the game well in hand, the gloves came off and it got physical very quickly. After Jutras made a save, players for both the Tornado and Ice Rays came streaking towards the net, setting off a tussle which ended with two players from each team being sent to the dressing room for the remainder of the game. Skylar Spiller and Jordan Lovick were both given five-minute majors and game misconducts for the Tornado, while Frank Misuraca and Cody Milligan were given the same penalties for the IceRays.
The final 2:30 was played without incident, as the Tornado coasted to a 6-0 victory. Texas next heads to Blaine, Minn. for four games at the Combat Hockey/NAHL Showcase Tournament starting Wednesday, September 14.
Three Stars of the Game:
3. Connor Burton
2. Joakim Jutras
1. Andrew Paras