(Wichita Falls, TX) - Having dropped a two season high 4 straight games, the RoadRunners battled to a 2-1 victory in Wichita Falls Saturday night.
Topeka dominated the game from the outset, though the final score might seem to indicate otherwise. In the first period alone, Topeka outshot the Wildcats 24-4, but managed only 1 goal, that one scored by Eric Artman as he knocked in a rebound. The initial pass was sent by Josh Kamrass through the neutral zone to Reed Seckel. Seckel sent a perfect dish to Jake Hutt who was streaking up the middle, made a nice move on the goalie Mike Jarboe, but Jarboe came up with a huge save, only to see the next wave of the RoadRunner attack bury the rebound as Artman came crashing in. Topeka lead 1-0 after 1.
The second period saw Topeka continue to pressure the Wichita Falls zone. The 'Runners outshot WF again, this period by a margin on 12-2, scoring once again, as this time it was Reed Seckel who tapped in a gorgeous pass on the doorstep of the crease for a 2-0 Topeka lead.
The third period saw Wichita Falls get their first power play chances, and managed to muster a few shots on goal, finally netting one on a redirection of a shot from the point. With the score 2-1 Topeka, and with the 'Cats on the powerplay for the final 1:23, WF pulled the goalie for the extra attacker, but the RoadRunners were determined to not let this one slip away, and they held on for the 2-1 win.
The RoadRunners will enjoy a weekend off from game competition, but will be active in the community. Keep an eye on topekaroadrunners.com for info on where the players will appear in coming weeks.
NOTES: Defenseman Tommy Hill took a puck in the jaw while sitting on the bench between shifts. He fractured his jawbone in two places.
Newcomer Stian Hoygard scored in his first game as a RoadRunner. The native Norwegian has adapted quickly to his new teammates, and is expected to make a lot of noise on the scoreboard this season.
Defenseman Randy Swank underwent knee surgery on Thursday morning, and it is reported that the procedure went better than initially hoped for. He will be back on the ice sooner than anticipated.
The RoadRunners recently traded Joe Harren to the Alaska Avalanche for forward Travis Stevens. Travis has arrived in Topeka and will begin skating with his new team this week.
The next "Topeka RoadRunners Coaches Show" is set for Tue. November 13 at Zax Sports Pub and Grill in North Topeka at 7:00 pm, broadcast locally on AM 1490 KTOP, Topeka's TOP Sports Station.