TOPEKA, Kan. – Corpus Christi used Andy McGlynn’s goal three minutes into the final period and Tomas Vomacka outdueled Ryan Snowden in a battle of NHL prospects Thursday night as the IceRays edged the RoadRunners 4-3 in NAHL action at the Kansas ExpoCentre.
The win even Corpus Christi’s record in the NAHL South to 3-3-2, while the RoadRunners fall to 4-6.
The IceRays outskated and muscled their way around the RoadRunners in the opening period, outshooting the hosts 14-7 McGlynn scored his first goal of the game halfway through the first period when he collected a third rebound in a scramble and lifted a shot past Snowden.
Seven minutes later, however, Topeka’s Andrew Hart – with assists from DJ Busdeker and Marcus Russell, evened the game with a shot through traffic that beat Vomacka.
Both Vomacka (29 saves) and Snowden (27 saves) were recently included in the NHL Central Scouting prospects list, and the goalies didn’t disappoint. Vomacka withstood 25 shots over the final two periods and held down the fort, while Snowden came up with several brilliant saves throughout the game when his defense failed in front of him.
The two teams traded bizarre own-goals in the second period. Topeka defenseman Jake Rosenbaum was credited with a goal at the 8:33 mark on a delayed penalty on himself. As the IceRays pulled Vomacka in favor of a 6th attacker, an errant pass found its way into the Corpus net. Rosenbaum was the nearest RoadRunner when the puck went in.
The IceRays, however, tied the game at 2-2 on the ensuing power play as Nathan Bryer was left uncovered on the doorstep to Snowden’s left and tapped in Mason Krueger’s pass.
Bryer made it 3-2 three minutes later when his pass from below the goal line deflected off a Topeka defender and snuck past a helpless Snowden.
With only 17 seconds left in the third, Hart tied the game with help from Russell. Hart found himself breaking down the left side and ripped a high shot past Vomacka.
The RoadRunners served up the game-winner in the early stages of the third when they failed to control the puck in front of Snowden, allowing McGlynn to skate to the slot and fire a shot past a screened Snowden.
The RoadRunners finished with a 32-31 edge in shots on goal.