Texas turned aside 44 times in 2-0 loss to New Mexico
The Texas Tornado have had their troubles with opposing goaltenders recently and Friday night was no exception, as New Mexico Mustangs goalie Randy Graham made 44 saves en route to a 2-0 Mustangs victory over the Tornado. Reid Mimmack saw less than half of Graham’s workload, but his 19 stops on 21 shots were not enough to match Graham, who halted the Tornado’s streak of games with at least one point at 12.
With five minutes left in the first and a Tornado power-play just expiring (Texas was 0-4 with the man advantage on the game), Tyler Rostenkowski’s shot from the blue line was blocked. Charles Baldwin was just coming off the bench and picked up the blocked shot at center ice with no one between him and Mimmack. Baldwin, one of the faster skaters in the South Division, raced into the offensive zone, deked Mimmack, and beat the Tornado goaltender to open the scoring.
The teams went to the dressing rooms with the Mustangs leading 1-0, and after 17 minutes of scoreless play in the second, it appeared they would do the same at the end of that period, as well. However, New Mexico captain Patrick Anderson put one past Mimmack in the late stages of the middle period to extend the Mustangs lead to two. Anderson’s initial shot from the right-wing circle was blocked, but he regained the puck and took it down low. He tied to center a pass towards Baldwin, but instead, the puck appeared to bounce off of Drew Allen’s skates and past Mimmack for the goal, Anderson’s sixth of the season.
The two goals were plenty for Graham, who turned aside a few flurries in the third to keep the Tornado off the board. New Mexico would not score in the final period either, but move to 7-17-1 on the season. The Tornado drop to 16-4-6 on the season after being handed their first regulation loss since a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Corpus Christi on October 20th. Texas and New Mexico will return to Santa Ana Star Center on Saturday, where the two teams are scheduled for a 7:30 Mountain Time (8:30 Central Time) start.