Patterson Lifts Runners in Overtime 2-1
With a road streak like this, who needs home ice advantage? In a game remarkably bereft of the typical drama one expects when visiting Amarillo, the RoadRunners took a tie game into overtime and beat the buzzer to take the first game against the Bulls 2-1.
A scoreless first period bled deep into the second until Ryan Cole put the Bulls ahead with a netter past Spencer Viele. The RoadRunner goalie would go on to save 45 out of 46 shots on the night. At 15:47, Omar Mullan (who to this point seemed to be trying to set a personal record for penalties in a single game) was called for high sticking. On the ensuing powerplay, Brandon Brossoit tied the game with his seventh goal as Runner (14 on the season).
Topeka had nine powerplay chances on the night with only the one goal. The game remained tied through the end of regulation. In overtime, with on 22 seconds remaining, Kevin Patterson took advantage of a two-on-one breakaway to fire a crisp wrister past Paul Berrafato for the win. The victory is the RoadRunners seventh straight on the road and helped maintain their five point cushion over the Texas Tornado for second in the South Division.
The RoadRunners return to the ice tonight at 7pm against the Amarillo Bulls. Fans can catch all of the action at Blind Tiger Brewery and Restaurant but are advised to get there early as seats are limited. The team returns to Landon Arena on the weekend of March 22-24. Friday and Saturday of that series will be Shriners Weekend with the RoadRunners, which will feature a specialty jersey auction benefitting the Shriners Hospitals for Children. That Sunday will be Topeka Habitat for Humanity Night. For more information on tickets, call 785-286-PUCK or visit the Expocentre Box Office