The Texas Tornado went into the Texas Panhandle looking to put a halt to their four game losing streak. Things got off on the right foot for the Tornado when just past the mid point of the first period CJ Reuschlein sprung Mitch McPherson and Brandon Hawkins on an odd man rush. Hawkins swung wide to the right wing circle drawing the defense and fired a shot on goal, Paul Berrafato made the save but left the rebound out front. McPherson pounded the puck off of Berrafato and Hawkins tipped it home. Time of the goal was 10:11 and the only goal of the opening period.
In the second the Bulls pulled even at 3:58 then went ahead at 8:04. The first goal came off a broken play in the neutral zone. Matt Sieckhaus grabbed the loose puck and went streaking into the zone with Gage Christianson. Christianson took the pass from Sieckhaus delayed for the defense to clear then put it past Hunter Leisner glove side. Just over four minutes later, Ryan Cole sent the puck deep behind the Texas Tornado net and Christianson went for the wrap around. Leisner made the save and attempted to dive on the rebound, but the puck squirted free and Brady Ferguson flipped it over the left pad.
At 4:03 of the third, Michael Hoy took a hooking penalty putting the Texas Tornado a man down. The Tornado won the draw and tried to ring it around the boards where it was mishandled by John Rey at the far point. Rey tried to recover and send it to his defensive partner, but Reuschlein stepped in front and was off to the races. Reuschlein drove the net, forced Berrafato to bite on the forehand then roofed a backhander. The shorty knotted the score and swung momentum back to Texas. About 30 seconds later with Amarillo still on the power play, Reuschlein found himself walking in alone on Berrafato again. This time Berrafato just managed to get the right toe on it to push it aside.
Late in the period Texas had the puck in the offensive zone and were peppering Berrafato with rubber. Tyler Gernhoffer cleared a rebound to the near halfwall and TJ Sarcona chipped it to the neutral zone. Blake Roubos picked it up and headed into the zone, stick handled around Donovan Gardiner and tucked it just inside the far post with just 1:44 left in the game.
Amarillo outshot Texas 41-26 on the night due mainly to two third period power play opportunities. Neither team was able to convert with the man advantage as the Tornado were 0-6 and the Bulls were 0-5. Texas put forth a valiant effort on the night and played well enough to pull out the win, but it wasn’t to be.
There was only one other game involving NAHL South teams as the Topeka RoadRunners went into Wichita Falls to down the Wildcats 3-2. The win coupled with the Tornado loss pulls Topeka to within one point of Texas for second place in the division. The RoadRunners also have two games in hand over the Tornado.