With Texas already having clinched a playoff spot in the South Division, the Tornado are looking to have a strong final 8 games of the regular season after a 3 game sweep of the Springfield Jr. Blues at home last weekend with a 5-4 win in a SO where the 4 goals in regulation were scored by 4 different players in the game.
Then on Saturday, the teams leading scorers in Jack Prince and James Howard put the team up 2-1 and officially clinched the playoff spot. For Howard, he scored the game winner just 12 seconds after Ross Andersen scored to tie at 1-1 midway through the 3rd period.
Then on Sunday night it was Shane Sooth and Rock Einersen who scored twice in 70 seconds to comeback after Jr. Blues Teammates TJ Poganski and Trent Frey scored earlier in the 3rd to go up 2-0. In the SO, Texas won the SO to win the game 3-2 with goals by Shane Sooth and Scott Deur put the team above .500 for one of the few times all year at 23-22-5 with 8 games left in the regular season.
Here's the remaining Schedule for the Texas Tornado
3/12: @ Springfield Jr. Blues 7:00 PM
3/13: @ Springfield Jr. Blues 7:00 PM
3/14: @ Springfield Jr. Blues 3:00 PM
3/18: VS. St. Louis Bandits 7:00 PM
3/19: VS. St. Louis Bandits 7:30 PM
3/20: VS. St. Louis Bandits 7:00 PM
3/26: @ St. Louis Bandits 7:05 PM
3/27: @ St. Louis Bandits 7:05 PM
For the Texas Tornado, this is a chance to keep down the 3rd spot in the South Division and show that they can give the Bandits or Roadrunners a strong showdown in the South Division Semifinals.
Even though the Tornado may be big underdogs, the team wants to show the league that they can make the playoffs tough for either St. Louis or Topeka in the opening round and may have a shot at a huge 1st round upset.
From the Texas Tornado Website: www.tornadohockey.com
The End of the Regular Season is nearing and the playoffs are coming up, and with the Tornado already clinching their playoff spot, the final home stand is all about one thing: You the Fans. March 18-20 is fan appreciation weekend, meaning great things for the loyal Texas Tornado Fans.
For starters, this will be the weekend in which Tornado season ticket holders will receive their season ticket holder gifts. Additionally, Tornado season ticket Holders will be able to bring friends to the games by redeeming one complimentary ticket for every season ticket they own, in the same section, for each game of the series.
Special Ike Coin Banks will also be given away at the doors all weekend long while supplies last. Live Entertainment will be provided by acoustic jam band Eleven Doors on Saturday Night.
And finally, select beers will only be $1.50 throughout the series.
The Tornado will take their probable playoff opponent in the St. Louis Bandits Thursday, March 18 through March 20, so preorder your tickets soon by contacting the Tornado at the Office.
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