No end to losing streak as Tornado suffer Strasbourg rout
Game 5 in the 2010/2011 season was no different than the 4 previous games: Tornado off to a good start, but falter in the second and third period to lose by an unfair 0-10 score.
What seemed to be one of the weakest Strasbourg teams in recent years turned out to be a 10-0 winner over one of the strongest Tornado rosters in recent years.
But the first period was that of equal opportunities as the shot clock showed only a 15-11 advantage for Strasbourg while the scoring chances were rather in favour of Tornado. But when Francois Schons was sent off to the penalty box for a minor and a misconduct penalty, Strasbourg converted on the ensuing powerplay with a soft shot from the right circle that beat excellent goaltender Philippe Lepage.
The 1-0 score at the first intermission was ok and coach Eriksson was sure his squad could gain the upper hand in the battle for a first victory over Strasbourg.
But it was meant to be otherwise as Strasbourg came out of the break with full speed and scored 3 quick goals in the first 10 minutes, one of which again on the powerplay. The 5-0, again on the PP marked the score at the end of the second period and, again, Tornado found a way to the second-period slump that has been part of their game of late.
In the final 20 minutes, Strasbourg cruised to an easy win and Tornado completely lost their rhythm as Goalie Lepage had to fish the puck out of his net 5 more times for a final score of 10-0 in favour of the guests.
The season is more and more disappointing as the losing streak does not find an end and Tornado needs to find ways to improve. The playoffs are already a distant hope.