by Arch Ecker
His time spent as a RoadRunner was brief, but he left a lasting impression. Now, Andy Inderieden returns to Topeka to compete in the Second Annual RoadRunner Alumni Game.
The 6’2” 210 lb. forward from Maple Grove, MN got his first taste of junior hockey with the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers in the 2005-06 season. He played sparingly in 5 games. The following season, he found a home closer to home with the Southern Minnesota Express, where he finished sixth on the team in scoring with 20 goals and 22 assists. Returning to the Express in 2007-08, he finished seventh on his team with 16 goals and 20 assists. The franchise relocated for the 2008-09 season, becoming the Motor City Machine, where he appeared in 13 games before being acquired by the RoadRunners in early December. He went on to rack up 16 goals and 17 assists in 37 games. “Andy always had a smile on his face and he loved to score”, said head coach Scott Langer. “He was one of the best ‘team’ guys I’ve ever coached.” One of Andy’s favorite spots to score was coming out of the left wing corner and picking the top short side corner. “You’d see him come out of the corner with the puck and you just knew what was coming next.”
After his junior career ended, he selected the University of Wisconsin – River Falls to pursue his education and continue to play the game he loves. He scored 9 goals as a freshman in 2009-10. He will wear his familiar #27 when he returns to Topeka for the Alumni Game.
The Second Annual RoadRunners Alumni Game is set for Sunday September 5 at 12:00 noon in Landon Arena. In the inaugural Alumni Game in September 2009, the Alumni won 1-0, with Randy Swank scoring the games only goal in the second period and Nick Hopper posting the shutout. Tickets are available at the Kansas Expocentre Box Office and may be purchased separately or as part of a weekend package including two RoadRunners exhibition games and a t-shirt.