Gaffney, Andrew Power RoadRunners to 3-2 Win
Coming off an impressive series against the Tornado, the RoadRunners needed to keep up the pressure in what is becoming a tight race for second in the South. They did just that Friday night, scoring the puck when it mattered most to take the first game against Wichita Falls 3-2.
The aforementioned Gaffney set the tone for Topeka with goals in the first and second period to put the RoadRunners up 2-0. Kyle Sharkey and Brandon Brossoit continued their strong work in the month of February, assisting Gaffney in his efforts (Sharkey with two assists to Brossoit’s one). The Wildcats finally dented the scoreboard with a powerplay goal from Eliot Grauer to make it 2-1 going into the third.
Early in the final frame, Rudy Junda would tie the game at two and give the Wildcats some much needed momentum. That is until Tyler Andrew, having just missed a golden opportunity to find the net, scored the game winner from the back doorstep at 14:14. Spencer Viele stood striong for the remaining minutes, earning his twentieth win of the season and the team’s twenty-ninth.
With the win, the RoadRunners sit just one point behind the Texas Tornado for second place in the South. The Tornado fell to the Amarillo Bulls 3-2 .
The RoadRunners and Wildcats complete the two-game set Saturday night in Wichita Falls. Fans can catch all of the action at Blind Tiger Brewery and Restaurant. The game begins at 7pm but get there early as seats are limited. The RoadRunners return to Landon Arena on March first against these same Wichita Falls Wildcats. One dollar from each ticket sold on that date will be used to help send Officers Gogian and Atherly’s families to Washington DC for the National Police Week Memorial. The Expocentre will match each dollar collected in this effort. For more information on tickets, call 785-286-PUCK or visit the Expocentre Box Office.