Tornado roll over Wildcats with 6-0 win
The Texas Tornado scored three power-play goals—all of which came in the first period—as they coasted to a 6-0 victory over the Wichita Falls Wildcats on Thursday night. Jack Prince had a hat trick, while Jordan Greenberg added a goal and three assists, and now has 10 points in his four games since returning from injury. Hunter Leisner earned his first shutout as a member of the Tornado, stopping all 16 shots that came his way.
The first marker of the period came on a snapshot from the left-wing circle by Marc Biggs. With the Tornado on a 5-on-3, Biggs took a Lucas Whelan pass that came down from the point and delayed before firing it on goal and past Wildcats starting goaltender Jo Jo Jeanetta. The goal was Biggs’ 13th of the season, but first since December 11th, and gave the Tornado a 1-0 lead. The goal came just as the initial Wildcats penalty had expired, so Biggs’ goal negated the second power-play and made things 5-on-5.
It wouldn’t take long for the Tornado to get back on the power-play and score again, however. Two and a half minutes later, Prince took a shot that was stopped. Drew Allen was right on the doorstep to slam it home, though, to score his second goal in as many games.
The first of Prince’s three goals also came on the power-play, coming at 8:34 of the opening period. Then, in the final minutes of the first, Prince scored again, but this time it was Wichita Falls who was on the power-play. The Wildcats initially had the puck kept in at the point, but the long reach of Prince poked it away. The Tornado captain got back to it in the neutral zone, skated across the Wildcats line 2-on-1, and ripped it past Jeanetta to make it a 4-0 game.
Texas picked up right where it left off in the second period, continuing to dominate play in all three zones. Though they did get an early power-play, the Tornado did not convert on its fourth straight man advantage. Instead, they picked up their first even-strength goal of the game at 7:41 of the second period. Jordan Greenberg skated into the zone on the left wing, waited as long as he could for Allen to join the rush, and snapped a wrist shot over the glove of Matt Leon, who started the second period in goal for Wichita Falls.
In the later stages of the second period, Prince struck again, giving him his 29th goal and fourth hat trick of the season. With Leon scrambling for a rebound, the puck found its way onto Prince’s stick, who made no mistake on his third goal of the game.
Neither team scored in the third period, as each team seemed content to skate out the final twenty minutes of play. The Tornado initially scored late in the third period to make it a 7-0 game, but Taylor Herndon’s deflection was washed out when it was ruled that the puck had been played with a high stick.
The Tornado and Wildcats will be back on the ice on Friday, with a 7:30 contest from Dr Pepper Arena.