Tornado’s Last Minute Goal Seals 2-1 Loss
Too much turkey. Just one of a myriad of reasons that both Texas (17-7-1) and Topeka (15-5-3) just couldn’t seem to catch fire in Friday night’s game. A late goal in the second period and another in the final minute of regulation lifted the Tornado over the RoadRunners 2-1.
A scoreless first period drifted into the second with only Texas seeming to wake from the Thanksgiving haze, outshooting the RoadRunners 17-5 in that frame. It wasn’t until 14:51 that C.J. Reuschlein dented the scoreboard with an unassisted goal to give the Tornado the lead.
The second period also featured the ejections of Cody Hansen and Mitchell Mueller for fighting (Stoppage) at 4:49.
The RoadRunners failed to capitalize on a number of chances in the third but did manage to tie the game on Sean Gaffney’s netter at 16:16. From that point on, the RoadRunners could not clear their own zone as the Tornado fired shot after shot at Spencer Viele. With the seconds counting down, and overtime all but certain, Andrew Meyer scored the puck past a diving Viele at 19:49.
11 seconds rolled off the clock and Texas regained the top spot in the South Division (tied with Amarillo at 35pts).
The RoadRunners retake the ice tomorrow night in game two of this three game series against the Tornado. The game will be slightly delayed as the team will be honoring the RoadRunner Billet Families.
Earlier in the day, the team will be hosting the RoadRunners Family Breakfast at Ag Hall. Breakfast is served at 8:30 and will run thru 10:30. The entire team will be there to cook and serve food to their fans and families alike. For more information on this event and the remaining two games in this series, call 785-286-7825.