The Texas Tornado extended their winning streak to seven games with a 10-goal output, their most goals scored all season long, and a 10-2 victory over the Odessa Jackalopes on Friday. Justin Greenberg was the only Tornado player to score more than once, picking up goals in both the first and second period. Brandon Hawkins picked up his league-leading 30th goal of the season, while AJ Duggan scored in his first game as a member of the Tornado. Hunter Leisner won his league-leading 25th game of the season, making 19 of 21 saves.
Greenberg's first goal came at the 8:50 mark of the third period, when his shot from the top of the circle slipped through the five hole of Nick Deery to make it a 1-0 lead. But less than 40 seconds later, Jalen Krogman stripped the Tornado in their own zone and unleashed a wrist shot past Leisner to tie the score at one. Just a few minutes later, Jason Eddy broke into the Odessa zone on a 2-on-1 with Greenberg and ripped a wrist shot past Deery to give the Tornado the lead.
Texas broke the game open in the second period with five unanswered goals, the first of which was Greenberg's second of the night. Greenberg came into the zone with Brandon Platt, the two criss-crossed in the slot and Greenberg found the twine to give the Tornado a lead they would never relinquish. Later in the second, Hawkins unleashed a wrist shot that beat Deery high to make it a 4-1 game. At 14:13, CJ Reuschlein scored from below the goal line after banking the puck in off the inside of Deery's pad. A quick wrist shot at the top of the circle from Neville gave the Tornado a 6-1 lead.
With less than a minute to go in the second period, Duggan found Brett Heikkila with a pass in the corner. Heikkila returned the pass back to Duggan, who had cut to the slot. The Chesterfield, Mo. native took a wrist shot again beating Deery high, and that gave the Tornado a 7-1 lead. Deery finished the second period, but was replaced by Phil Heinle at the start of the third period. Deery had stopped 15 of 22 shots to that point.
A power-play goal from Mike Mezzano cut the Tornado lead to 7-2, but goals from JT Paine, Scott Conway, and Jackson Leef (his third goal in as many nights) gave the Tornado ten goals on the contest and their 29th win of the year. They remain two points behind Amarillo, who defeated Corpus Christi at home tonight. Texas and Odessa return to the ice on Saturday for another 7:30 game. Saturday's game is also Special Olympics Texas Night. The Tornado will be wearing specialty jerseys to be auctioned off following the game, with the proceeds to be donated back to Special Olympics Texas.