Another Topeka RoadRunners forward is making the upward trek to the United States Hockey League.
Following Nick Granowicz’ departure to the Cedar Rapid RoughRiders, forward Will Schlagenhauf, of Carmel, Ind., has also gotten the call. He is heading to Muskegon, Mich., where he will join the Muskegon Lumberjacks for a few weeks.
Schlagenhauf leaves Topeka with 9 goals and 16 assists, giving him 25 points in 27 games so far. He also tallied 9 goals and 22 assists during the 2016-2017 season.
“Will did his job in the offseason, he prepared for this year and was ready to play,” RoadRunners coach Justin DeMartino said. “We reaped the benefits of that preparation, and we’re proud of the success that Will and Nick (Granowicz) have had this season. They’ve earned it.”
While many would fret at losing two offensive threats so quickly, DeMartino said his team is prepared to adapt to the change.
“You never know where you’re points are going to come from, and right now, it’s just an opportunity for some other guys to get more ice time and for some new guys to step up to the table,” DeMartino said. “It’s a win-win on both sides.”
At only five points back of Amarillo and Odessa, who are tied for third and fourth place at 27 points, the RoadRunners are prepared for a battle in a critical three-game series this weekend with the Jackalopes.
“We’re right in the thick of things in the division,” DeMartino said. “We just need to string some wins together, and I think we’re capable of that.
And especially after being swept during the previous serious with Odessa, Topeka is ready for redemption.
“It’s certainly in the back of our minds, and we’ll be looking to rebound off of that series in Odessa.”