Topeka takes game three from Wichita Falls

Richard Kelly

The Topeka RoadRunners continued to fire shots on goal Friday night. Fortunately, they scored a few, too.

Following a 1-0 loss in overtime last Sunday, Topeka scored two goals in the second period and three in the third period to take game three from the Wichita Falls Wildcats 5-2 at Kay Yeager Coliseum. Topeka now holds a 2-1 lead in the best of five series.

Forward Tanner Fahlstedt put the Wildcats up 1-0 at the 14:16 mark of the first period on Friday. Topeka held a 13-12 shot advantage in the period.

Forward Andrew O’Leary ended the scoring drought versus Wildcat goaltender Matt Green at the 12:09 mark of the second period. Just over two minutes later, at 14:24, forward Ryan White registered a shorthanded goal to put the RoadRunners up 2-1. Much of the success of the period was aided by a 17-6 shot advantage for Topeka.

At 5:12, forward Nate Milam was able to put a shot behind Green to make it 3-1. On the powerplay, forward Brian Christie made it 4-1 at 17:53. Wichita Falls brought it to 4-2 with a goal at 18:25, but Christie added an emptynet goal at 19:33 to put the game out of reach.

Goaltender Rasmus Tirronen stopped 28 of 30 shots for Topeka while Green made 39 saves on 43 shots in the loss. Topeka can wrap up the series with a victory Saturday night.