From the Farmers Branch Stars Center: An impressive 4 goal surge in the 2nd period lead by Vadim Kravchenko which had 2 goals and an assist as well as Luis Barrera & Quinton Vitek who had a goal and an assist as well helped pull off an impress 5-2 victory who were sitting in 3rd place in the NAPHL U18 Standings at the time going into last night's game at the Dr. Pepper Stars Center in Farmers Branch. In addition to the 4 goal 2nd period surge, Tornado Goalie Matthew MacInnis stopped 34 of 36 shots in the victory as the Falcons were able to out-shot the Tornado 36-27 in the game, including at one point early in the 2nd period that the Falcons out-shoot the Tornado 20-10 and were looking to get away from the Tornado midway through the game.
Despite no scoring in the 1st period, the Tornado lost one their top scorer Hayden Ray just 2 minutes in when he got hit from behind in the hit, where he was checked for Concussion Symptions, he sat out the rest of the game for pre-cautionary measure's, but after being cleared and will be able to play in the rest of the showcase.
The Falcons were looking to take an early lead thanks to 3 straight Tornado Penalties in the 1st 8 minutes by Christian Chase for Hooking, Quinton Vitek for for Slashing & Brandon Lowery for for Cross Checking, however a great penalty kill kept the game scoreless and frustrated the Falcons attacked combined with a great Tornado Defense kept the game scoreless after 1 and the Falcons were able out-shoot the Tornado 11-8 after the 1st, but the Tornado Penalty Kill gave the team confidence that it could hang in with the Falcons quick attack.
The early portion of the 2nd period saw the Falcons attack continued to get plenty of shots on Matthew MacInnis but still to no results for the Falcons offense that was franticly searching for answers. However, the Tornado finally made it 1-0 on a Vadim Kravchenko setting up Quinton Vitek to get the 1st goal of the game at 6:04 mark.
Then just before the Zamboni Break, Falcons Forward Kyle Latimer committed a checking from behind penalty that resulted in a 10 minute misconduct penalty and a Tornado PP as well where Vadim Kravchenko took advantage just 40 seconds later to make it 2-0. After a Luis Barrera Goal just 44 Seconds later that made it 3-0, Kravchenko got his 2nd in just over 3 minutes to give the Tornado a commanding 4-0 lead that was made on a great set up where Vitek faked the Wrap Around Shot to pass it to Kravchenko for the easy goal. Despite getting out-shot 26-15 through 2 periods, the Tornado cleary had the momentum on their side and looking to pull off one of their biggest upsets of the season up to this point.
However, the momentum didn't last long as a pair of Falcons Goals by Ryan Murray & Brandon Delekta late in the 2nd & early in the 3rd put the Falcons back within 2 at the 2:35 mark of the 3rd period. For a little bit, it looked like the Falcons had some hope to get back in this game with just under 15 minutes left to play in the game. But after that, the Falcons ran into a lot of penalty trouble where the team committed 9 penalties in the 3rd period. Including a pair of 10 Minute Misconduct Penalties by by Chris Slater & Trevor Hillman at the 11:14 mark of the 3rd period. Just a short time later, a member of the Falcons Coaching Staff threw the players spare sticks on to the ice to protest the penalities, where he ended up getting ejected of the current game and suspended for the next game.
After a convincing Win to open the DFW Showcase, the Tornado U18's had a double header today to play the Indiana Jr. Ice at 10:15 AM. Then the afternoon game saw them play the West Michigan Hounds at 4:l5 PM. As for the U16's on Thrusday, they have an afternoon game against the California Titans at the McKinney Stars Center at 2:15 PM.
Other highlights yesterday included a comeback victory in the last 2 minutes for the Pittsburgh Viper Stars where Viper Stars leading Scorers Heinz Koster & Bob Tristschler just 32 seconds apart to erase a 4-2 Pikes Peak Miners Lead to force a SO where the Viper Stars went on to a 5-4 SO Victory. As well as the Lansing Capitals which punished Pursuit of Excellence 12-3 which included a 5 Point Game from Kyle Haak (3G 2A) as well as 4 Point Games from James LaDouce & Camern Jorgensen (1G 3A Each).