David Dudich - Texas Tornado Booster Club: Amarillo netminder Paul Berrafato has been a brick wall against the Texas Tornado this season posting an 8-0-1 record with a 1.58GAA.

Texas Tornado - Amarillo Bulls Weekend Preview


The Texas Tornado will close out their NAHL regular season schedule at home this weekend against the Amarillo Bulls. Texas is coming off a three game set in Topeka where they played well in the first two game pulling 3 points out of the two shootouts. In game three they fell behind the Roadrunners early in the second period and never could rebound.

Amarillo is coming off a sweep of the Icerays in Corpus Christi. The Bulls are on a bit of a roll having won five in a row and eight of their last nine. Amarillo has locked down both the NAHL South Division Title as well as the regular season crown for the second season in a row.

The Tornado have struggled so far this season against Amarillo going 2-8-0 and have been outscored 39-18 in the ten games. However, the last three head-to-head meetings have all been one goal games.

Last 5 Games    W    L    OTL    Pts
Texas  Tornado

2

2

1

5

Amarillo  Bulls

5

0

0

10

Special Teams

The Texas Tornado will bring the number 1 home power play into the series having converted 28 of 107 opportunities for 22.4%. They will be up against an Amarillo road penalty kill currently ranked 15th in the league at 84.0% allowing 28 goals on 119 opportunities.

The Bulls road power play has played to a 19.9% success rate on 28 goals in 141 power plays, good for 3rd in the league. The Tornado have the 3rd best home penalty kill having killed off 94 of 106 power plays for 88.7%.

Head-to-head this season, Texas is 7 of 48 for 14.6% on the power play against the Bulls. Amarillo is 6 for 46 or 08.7% with a short handed goal against the Texas Tornado.

Goaltending Comparison Last 5 Games

GP

W

L

OTL

SO

GA

GAA

SV

SV%

Texas  Tornado

5

2

2

1

0

15

3.00

116

.885

Amarillo  Bulls

5

5

0

0

0

9

1.80

134

.937

 

Who is Hot (Last 5 Games) 

Texas Tornado     G       A       Pts   
Drew Mayer    2    6     8
Justin Greenberg    2    3     5
Michael Hoy    2    2     4
Nick Neville    0    4     4
 
Amarillo Bulls
Mike Davis    7    4    11
Matt Sieckhaus    3    5     8
Tyler Deresky    3    3     6
Omar Mullan    3    3     6

The Tornado have 4 players who have topped the 50 point mark this season Brandon Hawkins 57 pts (35G-22A), Jackson Leef 57 pts (16G-41A), Justin Greenberg 56 pts (25G-31A) and Scott Conway 54 pts (18G-36A). The Bulls have two players who have reached 50 pts, Mike Davis 57 pts (28G-29A) and TJ Sarcona 54 pts (18G-36A).

Brandon Hawkins continues to lead the league with his 35 goals scored. Mike Davis’ 28 goals leads Amarillo. Jackson Leef is third in the league in assists with 41 while TJ Sarcona leads the Bulls with 36.

Amarillo’s defense has been  a major key to their success this season as Bulls players hold seven of the top eight spots in the league in the +/- ranking. They range from Ryan Cole at +33 to Mike Davis at +46. Every active member of the Amarillo roster has a positive +/- rating. Scott Conway at +30 leads the way for Texas.

Amarillo’s Paul Berrafato is ranked 1st in the league with a 1.68GAA and is 5th in SV% at .927. The Tornado’s Hunter Leisner is 19th with a 2.62GAA and has a .910 SV%.

Paul Berrafato lead the league in wins with 32 and Hunter Leisner is third with 30.

This season the Tornado are 5-1 in Shootouts and 1-1 in Overtime. Amarillo is 0-4 in Shootouts and 1-3 in Overtime.

Amarillo leads the league in goals scored per game with 4.10 and goals allowed per game with 1.97. Texas is second in goals scored with 3.71 and ninth in goals allowed with 2.72.

Drew Mayer and Alexey Soloviev are the only two Tornado players who do not have a minus rating in the +/- category against Amarillo this season. Both are at 0.

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