Tornado bounce back to shut out Bulls
The Texas Tornado rebounded from a tough overtime loss on Friday, scoring a goal in each period to shut out the Amarillo Bulls by a score of 3-0. Mico Solorzano, Jordan Lovick, and Marc Biggs all tallied goals for the Tornado, who pulled within three points of the Bulls for the lead in the South Division. Joakim Jutras stopped all 23 shots he faced, en route to his second shutout of the season.
Before any goals could be scored, however, a post-whistle scuffle escalated into all 10 skaters pairing up and squaring off with one another. When the dust finally settled, the Tornado lost their entire fourth line to game misconducts, with Skyler Spiller, Conner Burton, and Mitch McPherson all sent to the dressing room. Amarillo also lost John Rey and Omar Mullen to game misconducts, while last night’s hero Brooks Beiling was injured in the scrum and did not return.
Later in the period, Solorzano converted on a rebound for the opening goal of the game. Lovick’s initial shot was stopped by Bulls goaltender Greg Gruehl. But Solorzano was parked at the near post, and hacked at the puck until it squeaked through Greuhl’s pads and in for the goal. The goal, Solorzano’s fifth of the season, gave Texas a 1-0 lead.
The Tornado held onto their one-goal advantage into the second, and the team’s skated scoreless through most of the middle period, as well. But late in the period, Biggs intercepted a pass at the Bulls’ blue line. Biggs skated to the half-boards and found Lovick in the slot. Lovick settled the pass and wristed it over Gruehl’s glove to make it a 2-0 game.
The score remained 2-0 into the final period, where the Tornado would extend their lead once again. With a Texas power-play coming to a close, the Tornado kept the puck in the Amarillo zone. Biggs laid a pass across to John Kirtland, whose one-timer was blocked. The rebound kicked out to Biggs, however, who blasted it past Gruehl for the goal. Gruehl also ended up injured on the play and was replaced by Friday’s starter Mike Taffe.
The Tornado will be back at Dr Pepper Arena on November 23rd, when the team plays host to the Odessa Jackalopes for the very first time. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.