Metcalf shuts out Odessa, Runners win 3-0

The Topeka RoadRunners finished what they started Saturday night.

After two disappointing losses Thursday and Friday, Topeka held Odessa at bay in the final game of a three-game series with the Jackalopes, winning 3-0 at Landon Arena on the second night of Scouts Weekend.

Goaltender Sam Metcalf was a major factor in the Topeka victory, as he stopped 38 shots on the night for his first shutout of the season.

“It felt great to get the victory tonight and put it all together,” Metcalf said. “The guys did a great job in front of me blocking shots.”

Topeka got the offense going in the first period, with two goals in the opening 20 minutes. Forward Jakub Urbanek opened the scoring at 12:07, firing a shot between goaltender Alex Camarre’s pads for a 1-0 lead.

Forward Mason Vukonich got into the act at 15:58, redirecting a shot from forward Dallas Tulik for a powerplay goal.

With stout goaltending from Metcalf, the score remained 2-0 until forward Nick Schultze beat Camarre from the right faceoff circle at 12:17 of the third period, extending it to a three-goal lead.

Topeka will look to build off its Saturday success next weekend, as they head to Shreveport, La. to face the Mudbugs Jan 12-13.

“We had a meeting this morning, talking about our identity as a team and our culture, talking about moving forward and always focusing on getting better,” RoadRunners head coach Justin DeMartino said. “Our guys took that to heart, and we’re going to build off this and get ready for Shreveport next weekend.”