After a shaky start for the Tornado which allowed the Amarillo Bulls to make it 2-0 midway through the first period, the South Division Leaders were thinking they were on their way to an easy win. However, the Tornado responded well and started the comeback with a late goal by Jack Prince where that keeps his point scoring streak alive at 5 games with a late goal.
After that, it turned into mayhem as several fights got the Tornado going in the 2nd period where players on both sides got tossed and fired up the Tornado to take over the game after that.
In the 2nd period, they were a combined 18 penalties for 105 penalty minutes were called, a majority of them were called at 6:11 mark of the 2nd period where several fights broke out were numerous 5 minute majors, 10 minute and game misconduct's were called to players like Shawn Serapilia and Michael Erickson for the Bulls.
On the Tornado side, players like Michael Zagari, Erick Wilson and Joseph Mottiqua were called as it really changed the outlook of the game. In the end, the Tornado rallied around and scored the only goal of the period was scored by Rock Einersen which he scored his 11th of the year and is already approaching last year's total where he scored just 17 in 51 games last season.
Then midway through the 3rd period, the Tornado was complete when the Southwest duo of Taylor Hendron and Marc Biggs combined a goal a little over 8 minutes into the game to give the Tornado a 3-2 win and were able to figure out Amarillo goalie Nikifor Szczerba who last time the two teams played, edged the Tornado a 1-0 SO Loss the weekend after the NAHL Blaine Showcase.
Amarillo Bulls 2 Texas Tornado 3 (2-1, 0-1, 0-1)
Here's the Game Story from the Texas Tornado Website
From Frisco, Texas: The Texas Tornado scored the final three goals of the game, defeated the Amarillo Bulls 3-2 on Friday Night as Marc Biggs scored his first career goal, which turned out to be the game winner. The game did not start on the right foot for Texas, as the Amarillo forecheck forced the Tornado into retreat mode. Joe Kozlak scored first as he slipped rebound underneath starting goaltender Jimmy Kruger. The Bulls quickly made it 2-0 as Luke Jenkins scored his first goal of the season, as he slipped a shot through the legs of Kruger. The Tornado would respond later in the first period, as Jack Prince tipped home a point shot from Donald Olivieri on the power play to make 2-1 going into the first intermission.
The 2nd period was all Tornado thanks again to more power play. The NAHL's leading Scorer Rock Einersen would tie the game at 2-2 as he one timed a shot from the bottom of the circle to beat Amarillo Goalie Nikifor Szczerba over the glove. The rest of the period was highlighted by two breakaway saves by Kruger to keep the game tied. The 2nd period also saw a fight break out that lead to the ejection of Joseph Mottiqua and Evan Wilson for the Tornado.
The Tornado took the first lead of the night in the 3rd period, as Marc Biggs picked himself up and converted on the 3rd rebound chance to give the Tornado their first lead of the night at 3-2. Amarillo wouldn't get another good chance as more penalties sealed their fate. The win was the 3rd in a row for the Tornado, who maintained their spot in 3rd place in the South Division, now just 2 points behind of 2nd place Amarillo.
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