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GAME RECAP

Amarillo beats Texas 2-1 after comeback scare

Amarillo    Sat, Feb 02, 2013

The Texas Tornado tried to dig themselves out of a two-goal hole, but the Amarillo Bulls held on for a 2-1 victory.

Amarillo made the score 2-0 on a goal by Brady Ferguson at 18:14 in the second period, and Texas got as close as 2-1 when Jackson Leef scored 9:20 into the third period.

The Bulls were paced by Ferguson, who grabbed one goal.

Amarillo excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in four chances. The Bulls did not reach the goal total they have come to expect this season. Amarillo puts an average of 4.1 pucks into the net per game. By firing 39 shots on goal, the Bulls exceeded the 32.7 shots they average per game this year.

Ryan Cole also scored for Amarillo. In addition, Amarillo received assists from Gage Christianson, who had two and Geoff Fortman and TJ Sherman, who contributed one a piece.

The Tornado put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Amarillo to score on any of its three power plays. Texas' offense operated below it season average. The Tornado average 3.8 goals per game. Texas relied on a core group of players for most of its offense, as Brandon Hawkins, Justin Greenberg and Scott Conway took 13 of the team's 25 shots.

More assists for Texas came via Mitchell Mueller, who had one.

Paul Berrafato recorded 24 saves for the Bulls. Amarillo ended with 18 minutes in penalty time with four minors and two majors. The Tornado's Hunter Leisner stopped 37 shots out of the 39 that he faced. Texas ended with 16 minutes in penalty time with three minors and two majors.