Tornado Weekly Week of January 16th

In Texas Tornado by FOL Editor


The Texas Tornado came into last weekend 0-3-0 in the 2012 calendar year. With three games on the schedule, the Tornado hoped to be able to put their losing stream behind them. They did so with wins in both Friday’s and Saturday’s home games, but fell on Sunday afternoon in a fight-filled affair with the Corpus Christi IceRays on the road at AmericanBank Center.

Friday, January 13­th– Leef sparkles in return, scores OT game-winner

For the first time since the team was eliminated from the playoffs last April, Jackson Leef put on a Texas Tornado uniform on Friday night. He scored 59 points for the Tornado last season, and once he was out in the ice, it was as if he had never left. The 19-year-old native of Fort Wayne, Ind. netted the game-winning goal at 0:35 of overtime to give the Tornado a 2-1 victory over the Wichita Falls Wildcats. Leef returned to the Tornado after spending the first half of the season with the Sioux City Musketeers. He was reacquired by the Tornado last Tuesday, and came back to the Tornado lineup in style.

Friday January 14th– Lovick nets a pair in 5-2 win over Odessa

The Tornado broke out of their offensive funk in Saturday night’s game, equaling their goal output of the previous four games combined with a 5-2 win over the Odessa Jackalopes. Reid Mimmack started in net and made 28 saves in his ninth victory of the season. Jordan Lovick had two goals and was joined in the scoresheet by Mychal Monteith, Taylor Herndon, and Jack Prince. Jackson Leef also notched two assists to give him three points in his first weekend back with the Tornado. Texas faced Jackalopes backup goaltender Justin Davis rather than typical starter Connor Hellebuyck, and cashed in with the most goals since they beat the Jackalopes 9-1 on December 30th.

Sunday January 15th– Fists fly as Tornado lose to Corpus, 4-1

The Texas Tornado were unable to complete a perfect three-game weekend on Sunday afternoon, falling 4-1 at the hands of the Corpus Christi IceRays. IceRays goaltender Anthony Stolarz stopped 33 of 34 shots for the win, while Tornado netminder Joakim Jutras saw 24 shots and made 20 saves. The Tornado fall to 24-10-6 on the season and stay two points ahead of Topeka for second in the South Division. The excitement really ramped up early in third period when, after two IceRays goals, a line brawl featuring four game ejections took place. The fights occurred immediately following a faceoff at center ice after a goal from Corpus Christi’s Joe Smereck. After the melee was broken up, the rest of the game was played without incident.


Upcoming Games and Promotions

The Tornado will be back in action at Dr Pepper Arena on Friday, January 27th for a game against the Fresno Monsters. In the interim, a big weekend awaits the team in Topeka where they’ll face-off against the Roadrunners twice. Topeka trails the Tornado by just two points for second in the South Division while Amarillo is out in front of everyone with 67 points. Texas went on the road to play Fresno twice in mid-November and came away victorious in both games.

By FOL Editor