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Texas Tornado – Amarillo Bulls Weekend Preview


The Texas Tornado stand at a critical juncture in the NAHL South Division playoff chase as they head to Amarillo for a weekend series with the Bulls. Texas currently sets in second place in the division seven points behind Amarillo who has three games in hand and three points ahead of Topeka who has two games in hand. Anything less than a Tornado sweep this weekend pretty well closes the door on winning the division. Even coming away from the weekend with four point the Tornado would face an up hill battle. Texas would still be three points behind Amarillo with only 11 games to make up the margin.

A split or worse and the Tornado will find themselves fighting to maintain the second spot and home ice advantage for the first round. Topeka will be in Wichita Falls to face the 18-24-3 Wildcats, so the RoadRunners are looking to extract maximum points from this weekend. The bright spot is that Texas is four up in the win column over Topeka so for now the Tornado hold the tie breaker.

So far this season Texas is 2-6-0 against Amarillo and has been outscored 33-14 in the eight games.

 

Last 5 Games   W    L   OTL   Pts
Texas Tornado  

1

4

0

2

Amarillo Bulls

5

0

0

10

Special Teams

The Texas Tornado will bring the number 11 road power play into the series having converted 16 of 98 opportunities for 16.3%. They will be up against a tough Amarillo home penalty kill currently ranked fourth in the league at 88.2% allowing 13 goals on 110 opportunities.

The Bulls home power play has played to 16.2% success rate on 16 goals in 99 power plays, good for ninth in the league. The Tornado have the second best road penalty kill having killed off 81 of 90 power plays for 90.0%.

Head to head this season, Texas is 6 of 41 for 14.6% on the power play against the Bulls. Amarillo is 4 for 40 or 10.0% with a short handed goal against Texas.

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

GP

W

L

OTL

SO

GA

GAA

SV

SV%

Texas Tornado

5

1

4

0

1

20

4.00

150

.882

Amarillo Bulls

5

5

0

0

1

7

1.40

105

.938

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games) 

Texas Tornado   G     A     Pts  
Jackson Leef   3   0    3
Brandon Hawkins   1   2    3
Justin Greenberg   1   2    3
Jason Eddy   2   0    2
 
Amarillo Bulls
TJ Sarcona   4   2    6
Gage Christianson   3   3    6
Ryan Cole   2   4    6
Three Tied at   2   3    5

The Tornado have 4 players who have topped the 40 point mark this season Brandon Hawkins 50 pts (31G-19A), Justin Greenberg 47 pts (20G-27A), Scott Conway 47 pts (14G-33A) and Jackson Leef 46 pts (12G-34A). The Bulls have two players who have reached 40 pts, TJ Sarcona 51 pts (17G-34A) and Mike Davis 41 pts (12G-34A).

Brandon Hawkins continues to lead the league with his 31 goals scored despite scoring only 3 goals in his last 13 games.

Amarillo’s defense has been the key to their success this season as Bulls players hold the top eight spots in the league in the +/- ranking. They range from Tyler Rostenkowski at +26 to Mike Davis at +39.

Amarillo’s Paul Berrafato is ranked first in the league with a 1.79GAA thanks in part to the strong defense in front of him as he is tenth in SV% at.920. The Texas Tornado’s Hunter Leisner is 14th with a 2.49GAA and 21st with a .913 SV%.

Hunter Leisner has been perfect in games not decided in regulation at 1-0 in Overtime and 3-3 in Shootouts. Paul Berrafato is winless going 0-4 in Overtime and 0-3 in Shootouts.

Hunter Leisner leads the league in Wins 28, Minutes Played 2358:05 and is second in Saves 1030.

Texas leads the league in Shootout efficiency at 58.5% having scored 10G on 17 attempts. Amarillo is last in the league 11.1% with only 2G on 18 attempts.

Amarillo leads the league in goals scored per game with 4.14 and goals allowed per game with 2.07. Texas is second in goals scored with 3.77 and ninth in goals allowed with 2.64.

 

 

 

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