Monday, November 15, 2010

It's a lucky 13 for the Tornado with a 3-1 win over Corpus

Theirs just one question Tornado Opponents would like to crack, who can stop the Tornado winning streak that just keeps going and going.

 After a 3-1 win in the first of a two game weekend against the Corpus Christi Icerays, the Tornado have made it a lucky 13 to continue their winning streak in-front of the largest crowd of the season in a promotion called Pack the House Weekend as they looking to take advantage of the Stars road-trip and the Americans being on the road as well. The Tornado have just kept going and going.

Some impressive streaks were able to continue on Friday Night as Jackson Leef extended his Goal Scoring streak to 4 after being named the NAHL South Division Player of the Week last weekend.

Plano Native Marc Biggs is beginning to come alive as he has scored at least one point in 9 of his last 11 games and takes his season total to 12 points (7G 5A) after starting the season with just 1 point in his first 7 of the regular season.

Another player who had a very strong night is Mike Fleming who usually is a grinder and brings the physicality had his first career Multi Point Night of his career.

After scoring 0 points in just 12 games played in a part-time role last year has continued to improve his hitting and maybe provide the occasional point throughout the season as well.

In goal it was another great night for Jimmy Kruger who's transaction back in September has been paying off big time as he made 27 of 28 shots in the game as he is now a perfect 9-0 in his time in a Tornado Uniform along with stunning numbers in both GAA with a 1.43 and a .943 SV% this season.

For Corpus Christi, they not winning as much, but are still making some strong strides as they taking fewer penalties and improved a lot since losing 8-3 to the Tornado in Corpus Christi back on October 24.

They will play again tonight at 7:30 PM as the Tornado are looking to bring in the biggest crowd of the season tonight on this Pack-The-House Weekend to bring in some of the biggest crowds of the season. So far it's seems to be working as the attendance was averaging about 1600 per game up to this point.

Tonight brought the biggest home crowd of the season with nearly 2,400 with the game on Saturday Night expected to bring in even more.

Corpus Christi Icerays 1  Texas Tornado 3  (1-1, 0-2, 0-0)

Game Story from the Texas Tornado Website

From Frisco, Texas: In front of the largest crowd of the season, the Texas Tornado increased their winning streak to 13 straight games with a 3-1 win over visiting Corpus Christi Icerays on Friday Night at the Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco. Mike Fleming scored his first career goal as a Tornado and added an assist for first star honors, Michael Zagari scored the game winning goal and Tornado Goaltender Jimmy Kruger made 28 saves.

The Tornado and Icerays will faceoff again on Saturday Night November, 13 at 7:30 PM at the Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco. It is also a Pack The House Night. Tickets are just $5 and $25 and can be purchased by calling or stopping by the Tornado Office at 972-335-9800. The festivities began at 4:00 PM with a pre-game tail party in the South Parking Lot.

The Tornado began the game with the majority of the action in the Corpus Christi Zone. After failing to convert on two power plays, the Tornado got on the scoreboard first with a goal from Mike Fleming, who scored his first career goal on a nice pass from the slot as he fired a shot past a scrambling Phoenix Copley. The 'Rays would tie the game late in the first period with just 22 seconds left as Jonathan Sado got loose in the low slot and one timed a shot past Jimmy Kruger to tie the game at 1-1 after the first period.

The 2nd period was all Tornado as they out-shot the Corpus Christi Icerays 18-7 margin. The Tornado started strong again taking a 2-1 lead just 3 minutes into the period as Michael Zagari walked out on the corner and beat Copley between the legs.

Mike Fleming and Taylor Hendron assisted on Zagron's goal second goal of the season. The Tornado made the score 3-1 on the power play as Marc Biggs found himself alone behind the net and centered the puck to an open Jackson Leef. The reigning player of the week fired a 15 foot past Copley for his 10th goal of the season and a 3-1 Tornado lead after two periods.

The 3rd period saw Goaltender Jimmy Kruger steal the show, as he stopped all 14 Icerays shots that came his way to seal the victory for Texas, who are now just four wins away from equaling their longest regular season winning streak in franchise history.

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