The Texas Tornado saw the longest win streak in the NAHL this season come to an end against the Amarillo Bulls. Texas had reeled off 10 in a row and 16 of 17 before dropping tonight’s game by a score of 5-1. The loss moves Amarillo into first place in the South Division one point ahead of the Tornado.
Brandon Platt opened the scoring at 4:36 into the first period. Jason Eddy had sent the puck deep into the offensive zone and good hustle by Justing Greenberg got him to the puck first. Greenberg sent a pretty pass out front to Platt just off to Paul Berrafato’s right for a quick onetimer past the glove hand. Unfortunately for the Tornado that was their lone offensive highlight of the night.
From that point on it was all Bulls as they piled on five unanswered goals. Amarillo dominated play for much of the game and if not for some outstanding saves by Hunter Leisner it could easily have been an eight or nine to one score. The Bulls got late first period goals from Mike Davis at 16:19 and TJ Sarcona at 17:20. Dan McNamara had the lone assist on Davis’ goal while Tyler Gernhofer and Geoff Fortman were credited with assists on the Sarcona goal.
Sarcona scored again for the home team at 8:41 of the third with Gernhofer getting the assist. Gernhofer logged a goal of his own with just six seconds left on the clock when Matt Sieckhaus won a draw to Leisner’s right and Gernhofer sent the puck through traffic and into the net.
Amarillo’s dominance in the game could be seen in the shots on goal as well as the scoreboard as they outshot the Tornado 43-19. Texas was 0-6 on the powerplay while Amarillo was 0-3.
Elsewhere around the South Division, the Odessa Jackalopes staked the Wichita Falls Wildcats to a 4-0 lead then came roaring back only to fall 5-4. The Corpus Christi Icerays fighting to remain in front of Wichita Falls for the fourth and final playoff spot needed a 3-2 shootout win to get the extra point against the Roadrunners in Topeka to keep pace with the Wildcats.