Tornado knocks off Blizzard for first win of season
After being stymied by Traverse City goalie Kyle Laslo last night, the Texas Tornado offense erupted for seven goals against Alexandria on Thursday, knocking off the Blizzard, 7-4. Marc Biggs collected a pair of goals, while five other skaters each notched markers in the first Tornado win of the 2011-2012 regular season. Joakim Jutras started in goal for the Tornado and stopped 27 of 31 shots he faced.
Texas opened the scoring at the 8:10 mark of the opening period on a goal from Jordan Lovick. Lovick lugged the puck into the Alexandria zone 1-on-4 while the rest of his line went for a change. He skated up the left wing, headed towards the net, and fired it past Jameson Shortreed to give the Tornado the lead.
Six minutes later, Texas doubled their lead, this time on an odd-man rush. A two-on-one developed as Jordan Greenberg and Taylor Herndon came into the Blizzard zone. Greenberg fed it across to Herndon, who roofed it over the left shoulder of Shortreed for the 2-0 Texas lead.
After C.J. Reuschlein scored towards the end of the first period, Texas took a three-goal lead to the dressing room. After a penalty gave the Tornado a chance to go up four goals, it was Alexandria who was able to get on the board. The puck made its way into the neutral zone and was scooped up by Tucker Coborn. He took Tyler Rostenkowski on 1-on-1 and put it past Jutras to get the Blizzard on the board. The Tornado did end up scoring on that same power-play, however, with Justin Greenberg scoring from the high slot to get the lead back to three.
Three minutes later, Coborn’s efforts led to another Alexandria score after he earned the primary assist on a goal from Thomas Williams. Coborn skated into the zone and centered a pass from the right wing to Williams, who was waiting at the doorstep and put it home to make it a 4-2 game.
Texas notched another power-play goal later in the period, when Jack Prince and Biggs played pitch-and-catch behind the net. Biggs ended up skating with the puck to the near post and put it up over the shoulder of Shortreed. That would mark the end of Shortreed’s day as he was replaced by Zach Woodman after Texas’ fifth goal of the game.
Coborn scored his second at the beginning of the third period to cut the lead to two once more, but again the Tornado would answer back. It was Biggs who countered with his second of the game, after deflecting a shot from the point by Nick Neville to beat Woodman. Alexandria refused to go quietly, though, with Gage Torrel scoring at the 11:39 mark to make it a 6-4 game. The Blizzard controlled the flow of play for much of the third period, with a couple of shots ringing off the post, but Alexandria was unable to get another puck past Jutras. With under a minute to go and the Blizzard net empty, Jordan Greenberg controlled a pass at the Alexandria blue line and fired it into the empty net to seal the victory for Texas.
The Tornado return to action tomorrow with a 4:45 faceoff against the Springfield Jr. Blues