Texas Tornado - Topeka Roadrunners Weekend Preview

The Texas Tornado are searching for answers to their sudden inability to consistently find the back of the net. The offensive struggles have led to a current six game losing streak. In games where the Tornado score three or fewer goals they are 8-16-1 this season losing only one game in which they scored more than two goals. Texas has averaged 4.78 goals per game in their 32 wins.

David Dudich - Texas Tornado Booster Club: Texas Tornado Captain Jackson Leef attempts to power the puck through Topeka netminder Mackenzie Sawyer.

David Dudich – Texas Tornado Booster Club: Texas Tornado Captain Jackson Leef attempts to power the puck through Topeka netminder Mackenzie Sawyer.

This weekend they will be taking on the Topeka Roadrunners who have overtaken the Tornado in the NAHL South Division standings due to theTexas losing streak. The Tornado now set one point behind Topeka in third. So far this season Texas is 2-5-0 against the Roadrunners including 5-3 and 5-2 losses two weeks ago.

Last 5 Games    W     L   OTL   Pts
Texas  Tornado

0

5

0

0

Topeka  Roadrunners

5

0

0

10

Special Teams

The Tornado’s strong special teams play has been a big part of their success this season, but has also contributed greatly to their recent skid. Texas has only a single power play goal in the last seven games covering 21 opportunities. In spite of the recent struggles, the Tornado still hold the top ranked home power play at 23.0% with 20 goals scored on 87 opportunities. This weekend will provide them with a chance to get things turned around with the power play as they will be up against a Topeka road penalty kill that sits 18th in the league at 81.6%. The Roadrunners have allowed 16 goals on 87 penalty kills.

As much as the power play has struggled recently, the penalty kill has been outstanding. In their last 19 games, Texas has allowed a total of two power play goals on 68 times short handed for 97.1%. On the season the Tornado home penalty kill is ranked 3rd in the league at 88.2% allowing 10 goals on 85 penalty kills. The Topeka road power play is also 3rd in the league at 21.6% with 21 goals on 97 opportunities.

Head to head this season, both teams have scored three power play goals. Texas has had 22 opportunities while Topeka has had 23.

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

W

L

OTL

SO

GA

GAA

SV

SV%

Texas  Tornado

0

5

0

0

18

3.60

166

.902

Topeka  Roadrunners

5

0

0

0

11

2.20

138

.926

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games)

Texas Tornado   G     A     Pts  
Brandon Hawkins

1

4

5

Jackson Leef

2

1

3

CJ Reuschlein

2

1

3

Justin Greenberg

1

2

3

 
Topeka Roadrunners  
Kyle Sharkey

5

4

9

Sean Gaffney

3

4

7

Brandon Brossoit

2

4

6

Trace Strahle

2

3

5

Both teams were well represented in this week’s 2013 Top Prospects Tournament. Texas had six players compete while Topeka had five. Texas- Brandon Hawkins (3G-1A) and Scott Conway (1G-1A) for the NAHL U18 Selects along with Justin Greenberg (0G-5A), Jackson Leef (1G-0A), Michael Hoy (0G-1A) and Anthony Mousseau on Team Texas. Topeka – Brandon Brossoit (2G-2A), Kyle Sharkey (0G-2A), Trace Strahle (0G-1A) and Spencer Viele 0-1-0 with an 8.00GAA and .862SV% for Team Midwest. Tyler Andrew (0G-2A) played with the U18 Selects.

Topeka’s Sean Gaffney leads the league in scoring with 60 pts (24G-36A) and has registered points in five straight games.

Brandon Hawkins leads the league with 31 goals scored.

Topeka leads the league with 16 Game Misconduct penalties and is the third most penalized team in the league averaging 22.55 minutes per game. Texas is 13th in the league at 17.98 minutes per game.

The Texas Tornado have a +256 shots on goal differential while Topeka has a +36 differential.

Texas averages 3.69 goals scored and 2.65 goals allowed per game, Topeka averages 3.11 goals scored and 2.34 goals allowed per game.

The Tornado have not had a third period comeback this season going 0-12-1 when trailing after two period.

Spencer Viele is 4th in the league in Goals Against Average at 2.06 and Mackenzie Sawyer is 7th at 2.31. Hunter Leisner is 16th with a 2.52GAA.

Hunter Leisner is second in the league with 28 victories and leads the league in minutes played with 2476:40 and saves with 1110.

 

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