Tornado blow three-goal lead, lose in OT
After going ahead 3-0 early in the second period on Sunday, the Texas Tornado allowed four straight goals, including the overtime winner by Gage Hough, as the Topeka RoadRunners knocked off the Tornado, 4-3. Reid Mimmack made 21 saves, but was unable to stop the backhand by Hough that found its way into the net at the 2:46 mark of overtime and ensured that Tony Curtale’s quest to become the all-time winningest coach in United States Junior Hockey history would wait another game.
Texas dominated play early in the game, with the opening goal of the game coming from Marc Biggs. Biggs, who was playing in his first game since serving a two-game suspension, scored off a rebound on the shot by Drew Allen. Allen skated the puck through center and made a beautiful move to get into the zone, and his shot produced a big rebound right to Biggs, who fired it home at 11:35 of the first period.
Under two minutes into second period, Taylor Herndon scored on another rebound, and doubled the Tornado lead to two. Jordan Greenberg shot a puck from the left-wing circle that was kicked out by RoadRunners goalie Peter Traber, but Herndon was on the doorstep to put it in and give the Tornado a 2-0 lead.
Just over two minutes later, Biggs struck again to make it a 3-0 Tornado lead. With the RoadRunners bottled up in their own zone, Biggs intercepted a pass in the high slot, and one-timed one past Traber for the goal.
Leading 3-0 after just 4:30 had elapsed in the second period, it appeared as if the Tornado would be able to coast to victory. But a power-play goal by Brian Christie late in the second gave the RoadRunners their first goal. Ryan White sent a pass through the crease, where Christie was able to gain control and backhand one past Mimmack.
With the score 3-1 in the third period, the Tornado committed a pair of penalties with in nine seconds of each other, forcing Texas into an extended 5-on-3 penalty kill. Jake Lynes was able to capitalize after his one-timer from the top of the faceoff circle beat Mimmack to cut the Tornado lead to 3-2. Then, at the 15:51 mark, White scored on another backhand to tie the game at 3.
The two teams went to overtime, where the Tornado hoped to achieve a better result than they did in a 4-3 overtime loss against Wichita Falls on Friday. It was not to be, however, as Hough took a pass from John Roisum at the near post and blasted it home to give the RoadRunners the victory.
The Tornado picked up a point in the overtime loss, making it 10 straight games the team has earned at least one point. They will be back in action on Wednesday in Corpus Christi to take on the Ice Rays, with the opening faceoff scheduled for 7:05 p.m.