Today, the Texas Tornado was looking to snap the small skid they were on. Instead, they dropped their game in a row and lost 6-1 against the Wichita Wildcats. The main reason the Texas Tornado lost today was because of Wildcats forward Elliot Grauer who scored two goals and the performance from Evan Cowley, who stopped 28 out of 29 shots.
The Texas Tornado looked worn out and couldn’t find their feet as the Wichita Falls Wildcats took a 1-0 lead with a goal by Sami Salminen which was his 5th goal of the season. Then after the Wildcats took the lead, Bryan McFarlane and Mitchell McPherson drop the gloves in a nice tilt. The edge goes to McFarlane as he wins the fight. Evan Cowley had a nice stop with his body as the Tornado tried to pressure the Wildcats to tie the game up.
Then Louie Rowe had a chance on the breakaway but Cowley snagged the puck quickly. While on the power play with CJ Reuschlein in the box for roughing, the Wildcats took a 2-1 lead with a goal by Elliot Grauer, which was his 8th goal of the season. The goal was set up by a nice pass from Colin Staub and Conor ONeil.
In the 2nd period, Reuschlein had a chance on Cowley with a nice wrist shot as Cowley was too quick with the glove grab. Then the Wildcats go up 3-0 with a goal by Eric Ouellette which was his 2nd goal of the season. Cowley got team-rolled after a whistle by Mitchell Mueller touching off a massive scrum. Then after the scrum, the Wildcats take a 4-0 lead as Elliot Grauer scored second goal of the season and his 9th goal.
Then Cowley’s shutout was ended when a deflected shot was redirected by Brad Pung as the score was 4-1. A few minutes after that goal, Hunter Leisner was down for a few minutes after being thrown into the net. Nick Neville held onto Lenny Caglizanoe as they crashed into him. Then 9:41 left in the 3rd period, the Wildcats went up 5-1 with a goal by Jake Townshend, which was his 2nd goal of the net. Then a few seconds later, Sami Saminen notched his second goal of the game to make the lead 6-1
The Wildcats registered one goal on five power play opportunities. Texas’ Hunter Leisner stopped 34 shots out of the 40 that he faced The Tornado registered zero goals on two power play opportunities. The Texas Tornado will look to stop their losing streak when they face the Topeka RoadRunners for a three game road trip.
After the game Head Coach Tony Curtale told me how he felt about the team performance and what his team will adjust against the Topeka Road Runners
“We have to play way better as a team. We have to win our one on one battles and not good enough on our end of the ice.”
3 Stars of the Game:
1. Colin Staub
2. Tyler Ledford
3. Sami Salminen
Trevor Daley of the Dallas Stars dropped the ceremonial puck before the game.