The Topeka RoadRunners fended off a furious attack from Rio Grande Valley, posting a 4-2 win on Saturday night to complete the weekend sweep.
The first 20 minutes were dominated by the Killer Bees. They outshot Topeka 9-0 to begin the period, and took a 1-0 lead at 4:59 on a Dallas Gerads goal. The 'Runners didn't manage a single shot on goal until midway through the period. Topeka tied the game at 1-1 when Will Scherer ripped a high shot from the blue line on the power play at 18:33, and despite being outshot 11-5, the 'Runners were even at the end of one period.
In the second period, the momentum shifted Topeka's way. They outshot the Bees 13-6, and took a 2-1 lead on a shorthanded tally by Cam Strong at 1:47. Rio Grande Valley caught a break on a turnover and a lucky bounce at 10:11 to tie it back up, but the 'Runners kept their foot on the gas, as Sly Sutter rifled home a power play goal at 13:03, and Cam Strong tallied again at 15:47 after a gorgeous effort by Jasen Fernsler. Topeka led 4-2 at the end of 2, and rode it all the way to the finish line to complete the weekend sweep.
Topeka (13-2-1) will continue the road trip when they visit Amarillo (5-6-2) next weekend. Topeka returns home to face the Springfield Jr. Blues on Nov.21 and 22. Listen to every game on SportsRadio 1490 KTOP with Arch Ecker providing the play by play. The games are also available for pay per view at FASTHockey.com, and audio streams are available with iHeart Radio.