Quick-strike attack helps Tornado to 5-3 win
The Texas Tornado scored two goals within under a minute of each other early in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and help lead Texas to a 5-3 victory over the Janesville Jets on Friday. Anthony Mousseau and Alex Temby had those goals, while Scott Conway, C.J. Reuschlein, and Jason Eddy picked up markers of their own in the victory. The Jets managed just 9 shots on goal against the Tornado, who move to 3-0 on the young season and have won five straight games dating back to last year’s Robertson Cup. Jerry Kaukinen made his first career NAHL start in net and got the win.
The goals came in waves for both teams on Friday, as the Tornado scored two goals in 1:42 during the first period. At 5:08, Reuschleintook a pass from Justin Greenberg and stickhandled his way into the slot. He drove hard towards goal and powered it past Jets goaltender Colin Brennan and made it a 1-0 game. The goal created a scramble in front, and when all was said and done the Tornado were assessed the lone penalty, a high sticking minor to Louie Rowe. Still killing off that penalty , Conway swooped in behind the Janesville net and stripped a defenseman of the puck before scoring on a wraparound to give the Tornado a 2-0 lead. Texas took the two-goal lead into the second period, but this time it was Janesville who scored back-to-back goals quickly.
It remained a 2-0 game through the first 10 minutes, but a Jets power-play gave them an opportunity to cut the lead in half. They did so after Matt Salituro made a pass circle-to circle to Austin Veith at the left wing, who sent a one-timer past Kaukinen for the goal, the first Jets shot on goal of the period. 1:27 later, a Jordan Himley goal on a snapshot from down low tied the score, and even though the Tornado had dominated play, they found themselves tied on the scoreboard. The Tornado outshot Janesville 12-3 in the second, but it remained a 2-2 game into the third period.
It didn’t take long for the Tornado to break the tie, with Mousseau’s goal coming at 1:49 of the third. With the Tornado on a power-play, Greenberg got his second assist of the game after spotting Mousseau moving down the right wing. Greenberg’s pass from the left corner hit the rookie defenseman at the top of the circle, whose wrist shot ripped past Brennan as the Tornado regained the lead. Just 43 seconds later, a huge scramble in front led to Temby’s goal, which touched off a scuffle behind the goal line as the net got knocked off its pegs. Temby and Janesville’s Colin Lemirande were both given roughing double-minors, but the goal stood and the Tornado led 4-2.
It was a short-lived two goal lead, though, as just two minutes later Janesville scored the second power-play goal of the game. Matthieu Audet scored on a similar play to Mousseau’s taking a cross-ice pass and beating Kaukinen with a shot from the circle. Later in the period with the Tornado nursing a one-goal lead, Jason Eddy gave the Tornado an insurance goal as he skated down the left wing and unleashed a huge slapshot to beat Brennan and give the Tornado a two-goal lead, which they would hold until the final buzzer.
The Tornado will conclude their NAHL Showcase at 3:45 p.m. on Saurday with a game against the Coulee Region Chill.