Topeka finishes off IceRays

Richard Kelly

Someone may want to grab a hose or a bucket of water: The Topeka RoadRunners are on fire.

Topeka, who has now won eight of their last ten games, finished off a three-game sweep of the Corpus Christi IceRays with a 9-4 victory Saturday night at the AmericanBank Center.

After winning 7-1 and 6-3 on Thursday and Friday respectively, Topeka (23-8-2) had two goals less than five minutes into the contest on Saturday night via Joe Van Antwerp and Jordan Davis. Nate Milam stretched the lead to 3-0 on a shorthanded goal at the 15:09 mark of the first period.

Corpus Christi (13-20-2) scored late in the period to cut the lead to 3-1 but were outshot 22-6 going into first intermission. The RoadRunners controlled the second period, scoring six more goals, including three on the powerplay, which brought their game total to five.

Van Antwerp and Davis both added another goal in the period. Topeka surrendered one goal in the period, making the game 9-2 going into the final period.

The IceRays were able to muster two goals in the third period, but could not surmount a comeback, as the RoadRunners captured the sweep.

Tensions flared in the second and third periods, with numerous game misconducts assessed. Topeka had 65 penalty minutes and two misconducts on the night, while Corpus Christi had 121 penalty minutes and 6 misconducts/ejections.

Topeka currently sits atop the North American Hockey League South Division, but holds only a one point lead on the Amarillo Bulls, who have two games in hand.

The RoadRunners and Bulls battle January 14-15 in Amarillo.