After being dominated and outplayed on Friday and still stealing a win, Texas came out on Saturday and established themselves early. At 8:24 of the first period, Mico Solarzano scored on a shot from the right point, and at 12:40 Jared Williams scored a shorthanded goal from the top of the left wing circle and the Tornado were off to a 2-0 lead. Topeka sawed the lead in half on a Michael Hill powerplay goal just two minutes later, assisted by Tony Thomas and Cory Ramsey. Late in the period, an extremely rare play tied the game at 2-2. Bryce Johnson was to be penalized for hooking as he chased down a puck in the Texas zone. With a delayed penalty in effect until someone from Topeka touched the puck, Texas goalie Dan Sullivan bolted to the bench for the extra attacker. With 6 skaters on the ice, Texas moved the puck into the RoadRunner zone. A shot went wide of the net, then a Tornado forward at the goal line passed the puck back to the blue line for a defenseman to fire a shot through traffic. The problem was, the pass missed everyone, and slid 180 feet directly into the abandoned net. Bryce Johnson was credited with the goal, as the last RoadRunner to have touched the puck. It came at 17:02, and so did his hooking call. The period ended tied at 2-2, and shots on goal were even at 7 apiece.
In the second period, Nate Milam punched in a loose puck for a 3-2 Topeka lead at 15:40, assisted by Martin Sundstedt and Patrick Kirtland. Topeka cranked up the heat a bit, outshooting the Tornado 11-6, and held a 1-goal lead after 40 minutes of play. In the third, Texas struck quickly on a shorthanded goal by Jack Prince, who buried his fourth in four games. The goal came just :18 seconds into the final frame. As the period was winding down, with less than 2:00 minutes to play, the ‘Runners scored what proved to be the game winning goal as Michael Hill battled for a rebound in front of the net at the 18:13 mark, assisted by Erik Higby and Jacob Poe. The shot from the blue was initially stopped, and Higby had a whack at it before Hill kicked it off to his right where he could get a stick on it and buried it. \”Those are the kind of goals we\’re going to have to score to win hockey games\”, said head coach Scott Langer. \”We need to bear down and be strong in front of the net. Hill did a great job in that area and that helped us win the game.\”
Topeka will host Texas in the ‘Runners Home Opener on Friday October 2 and then again on Saturday October 3. Both teams sport records of 3-2-1. Tickets are on sale now at the Expocentre Box Office. Call 785-297-1000 for information or to purchase seats. All RoadRunner games will be aired live on ESPN 1490 KTOP, and webcast live with B2Live TV.com .