Runners Force OT, Fall 3-2
Not much could sully a night where the RoadRunners (19-6-5) raised money for the United Way’s Christmas Bureau with the first of two silent auctions. But the final score came awfully close. Trailing the Bulls (22-3-3) 2-1 in the third period, the RoadRunners tied the game and mounted a fierce offensive at the end of regulation only to fall in overtime 3-2.
Kyle Sharkey continued his scoring streak of 15 games with his power play goal at 17:29 in the first, tying the score at one. Amarillo had taken the early lead on Mike Davis’ netter at 13:04. Davis would put the Bulls back in front in the second period on a power play of his own (Pastor, Holding at 4:25).
Sean Gaffney, assisted by newly-acquired Brandon Brossoit, gave the RoadRunners fighting chance with time expiring. Sharkey nearly put the game away with a wrister that flicked wide with 17 seconds remaining, resulting in Sudden Death Overtime.
With just a minute and 35 seconds remaining in the extra frame, John Rey found space between Spencer Viele and the net to seal the victory for Amarillo.
The Bulls kept pace with the Tornado who also won their game against the Odessa Jackalopes. Amarillo leads the South with 47pts, followed by Texas with 45pts and Topeka with 43. Both teams go back at it tomorrow night at Landon Arena (7pm).
Fans are reminded to bring their teddy bears to the game Saturday night for the RoadRunners annual Teddy Bear Toss. Country Legends will be there to collect the bears from the ice after the first RoadRunners goal. All of the bears will be donated to the Topeka Rescue Mission. The RoadRunners will also be holding their second Christmas ornament silent auction during the game with all of the proceeds going to the United Way.
For more information on tickets, call 785-286-PUCK or visit the Expocentre Box Office.