RoadRunners Clinch In 4-1 Win
After two shootouts, the Runners needed a game like this. No drama in this one as Topeka took control and the second and didn’t let their foot off the pedal until it was over, treating the RoadRunner faithful to a 4-1 victory.
A scoreless first led into the second period when recently called up Brogan Rafferty scored his first goal as a Runner to give Topeka a 1-0 lead. Team Captain Drew Kariofiles increased the lead at 6:55 and Tyler Andrew added another at 16:22, sending Texas into the locker room down 3-0.
In the third, Tyler Poulsen fought his way to an unassisted breakaway goal at 5:14, effectively putting the game out of reach. Brandon Platt scored to end the shutout with just nine seconds left but it was not to be for the Tornado who will finish the season in third place in the South Division.
The RoadRunners hit the road next weekend against the Wichita Falls Wildcats for the final series of the regular season. Fans can catch all of the action at Blind Tiger Brewery and Restaurant on Friday and Saturday night. The games start at 7pm but get there early as seats are limited. For more information on playoff tickets for your Topeka RoadRunners, call 785-286-PUCK or visit the Expocentre Box Office.