September 3, 2007
FIRST ANNUAL BLUE / WHITE GAME A HIT WITH FANS
TOPEKA, KS - The Topeka RoadRunners showed their new fans a little bit of whats to come in the Kansas Expocentre this fall and winter when they split the team in two to play a spirited intrasquad game on Monday night. The First Annual Blue / White Classic ended up being decided in a shootout, with the White Team prevailing, 4-3.
As expected, veterans came up big, with additional support being provided by the newcomers. Veteran forward Josh Kamrass (Atlanta, GA) tallied twice for the White Team, while his third year teammate Blake Humphrey (Alta Loma, CA) knocked in two for the Blue Team. Other goals were scored by Jeff Bain (Redondo Beach, CA) and Eriah Hayes (La Crescent, MN), sending the game into a shootout, much to the delight of the crowd. Another veteran forward, Corey Jendras (Baltimore, MD), buried a snapshot in the shootout to help secure the come from behind victory for the White Team.
Fans were surprised to see not just one, but TWO tussles right at the second period opening faceoff. Jake Watchorn (Sault Ste. Marie, MI) mixed it up with veteran Brandon Worthley (Chaska, MN), and before the puck could drop, Stu Jacobsen (Chicago, IL) dropped the mitts with Blake Humphrey. Fans enjoyed a great evening with pretty goals, some big body checks, a couple of scraps, and a shootout to boot. Head Coach Scott Langer saw a lot on the ice that caught his attention. “I skated them pretty hard this morning, and I could see they looked a little tired”, said Langer shortly after a post game with his players. “That’s to be expected on the first day of training camp. The best thing about this game is it helped us identify some areas that need attention, and also showed that in a lot of areas, we are on the right track”.
Up next for the RoadRunners is a pair of exhibition games against the Hampton Roads Junior Whalers, from Hampton, VA. The Jr. Whalers are an independent junior hockey team that plays in the Continental Hockey Assocation. Game time is 7:05 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, September 11 and 12. Tickets are just $5.00 general admission and are on sale at the Expocentre Box Office.