Your RoadRunners ended the regular season in style, sweeping the Wichita Falls Wildcats on the road over Easter weekend.
On Friday night, Peter Halash drew first blood for the RoadRunners, swatting a puck out of the air and into the Wildcat net at 9:46 of the opening period. A slashing call against Rudy Junda led to a powerplay goal by Tyler Andrew at 13:17, giving the Runners a 2-0 lead.
Goalie Evan Cowley would collect himself and hold the RoadRunners off for the rest of the game. But Spencer Viele was better, stopping all but one of the shots that came his way. That goal came at 17:02 in the third off the blade of Kyle Bauman. The lead was cut in half but not blown as the RoadRunners killed a penalty in the final minute, winning the night 2-1. In the loss, the Wildcats were eliminated from postseason contention as Corpus Christi secured fourth place with a win over Odessa.
Saturday’s game was a much less contentious affair. The game was scoreless going into the second period when Kyle Bauman gave the Wildcats the lead with his goal at 11:11. Ross Luedtke struck back quickly, evening the score at 13:17.
The third was all Topeka as Kyle Sharkey put the final exclamation point on his all-time franchise point record with a goal at 5:52 and an assist of Sean Gaffney’s netter at 17:45. The RoadRunners led 3-1 and the record for points was finally established at 129. Tyler Groat found the net to give the Runners a commanding 4-1 lead with less than two minutes left rendering Chris Knudson’s goal at 19:46 superficial.
The RoadRunners hit the ice at Landon Arena this weekend for the first round of the South Division Playoffs.
Playoff Tickets Now On Sale
The hunt for the Robbie Cup is about to begin and now is your chance to secure your seats for all of the suspenseful, hard-hitting action of playoff hockey! Playoff tickets for the first round of the South Division playoffs are available now!. Games one and two will be at Landon Arena on Saturday, April 6 (7pm), and Sunday, April 7 (6pm). Tickets will also be available for the deciding game five of the series which will take place on April 19 if necessary. For more information on how to secure your Topeka RoadRunners playoff tickets, call 785-286-PUCK or visit the Expocentre Box Office.
This Saturday and Sunday
The RoadRunners start their path to a Robbie Cup this Saturday and Hooters will be there spice things up. There will be a wing eating contest during the first intermission where one lucky fan could win an awesome prize from Hooters and a pair of tickets to see Justin Moore live at the Expocentre on April 11. The world famous Hooter girls will also be in attendance tossing out a few t-shirts and whipping the home crowd into a frenzy as your RoadRunners skate for a win!
Following Saturday night’s game, the RoadRunners will be putting the team’s blue road jerseys up for auction. Kurt Young of Super 8 at Forbes Landing will preside over the auction in sections 113 and 115. Also over the weekend we will acknowledge the RoadRunners who will be aging out and moving on from RoadRunner Nation after this season. Be at Landon Arena for what could be your last chance to see these hockey heroes in a RoadRunner uniform.
For more information on the auction and securing tickets, call 785-286-PUCK or visit the Expocentre Box Office.
CD Tradepost “King (or Queen) of the Ice” Tournament at Tailgators
Next Wednesday, April 10, you have the chance to take on the RoadRunners in a thrilling hockey tournament to see who is King (or Queen) of the Ice! Registration starts at 5:30pm at Tailgators. At 6pm, eight RoadRunners and eight fans will face off against each other in EA Sports NHL 2013. The best fan will battle the best RoadRunner in the championship game for bragging rights as the best (playstation) Hockey Player in Topeka! The first eight fans to enter will play each other in a single elimination tournament with the Grand Prize Winner taking home a team autographed jersey and a copy of NHL 13 courtesy of CD Tradepost. So be at Tailgators Pub and Grub next Wednesday!