Traber shuts out Jr. Blues, RoadRunners win 3-0

Richard Kelly

It’s been an up and down season for the Topeka RoadRunners.

But Saturday’s game against the Springfield Jr. Blues may be a high point on the season.

A night removed from a 1-0 victory and a shutout for Topeka goaltender Peter Traber, Traber returned to goal, stopping 22 shots, as Topeka cruised to a 3-0 victory at Landon Arena.

In the first period, at 3:39, forward Ben Bahe redirected a shot from defenseman Chris Bond to give Topeka a 1-0 lead. At 10:12, forward Dan Dupell put a rebound behind Springfield goaltender Conner Girard to make it 2-0. Topeka (21-11-2) outshot Springfield (12-20-1) 10-2 in the first period.

Early in the second period, while on the powerplay, forward Sean Gaffney was able to poke a rebound behind Girard to give Topeka a 3-0 advantage. While Springfield sustained better offensive pressure in both the second and third periods, Traber turned the shots aside. He is now 11-5-2 on the season.

Topeka finishes up an eight-game homestand Friday and Saturday when they face the St. Louis Bandits at 7:05 p.m. St. Louis is 24-6-2 coming into the weekend series and has won 12 of their last 14 games.