Tornado knocked off by Wings in overtime, 3-2
An overtime goal from Ryan Doner denied the Tornado their third straight win, as Texas fell to the Aberdeen Wings, 3-2. Texas did pick up a point, however, and leaves the NAHL Showcase Tournament with 5 points. Joakim Jutras made 32 stops in the contest, but was handed his first professional loss.
Both teams traded goals in the opening period, with Marc Biggs striking first for the Tornado. With the puck in behind the net, Biggs took a pass from Jack Prince at the near post and tried to slam it past the pads of Wings goalie Frederick Leisner. Leisner made the initial stop as well as another save, but Biggs’ third shot got past him for the first goal of the game.
It looked as if Texas would take a 1-0 lead into the dressing room at the first intermission, but with 5.2 seconds left, Loren French tied the score at 1. French’s first shot from the blue line was blocked in the slot, but he was the only one who saw the puck sitting between the circles. He raced to it and fired it home to tie the score.
The Tornado regained the lead in the second period, however, on a goal from Prince at the 11:45 mark. From what seemed to be an impossible angle, Prince skated towards the net from the corner, and from just inside the goal line banked it in off the right pad of Leisner.
But once again, the Wings answered with a goal late in the period. After a Tyler Rostenkowski put Aberdeen up a man, Cory Ward took a shot from the high slot that Jutras never saw. The puck bounced off the right skate of Jutras and over the goal line, and once again the score was tied.
The third period was a first for the Tornado in the 2011-2012 season, as it was the first period the Tornado played in which neither they nor their opponents scored. With the teams tied after 60 minutes, Texas took part in another first this season, an overtime game.
It took just 1:10 for Aberdeen to seal the win, after a beautiful stickhandling move from Doner created some space for him to get to the net and backhand one over the shoulder of Jutras for the game-winner.
The Tornado return to the ice on September 30, when the Fairbanks Ice Dogs come to Frisco for the home opener. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 7:30.