‘Runners take sting out of Ice Rays

Richard Kelly

The Topeka RoadRunners took control of the game early Thursday night and the rest was history.

Scoring three goals and registering 15 shots in just the first period, Topeka (21-8-2) won their 12th game in 15 tries, defeating the Corpus Christi Ice Rays 7-1 at the AmericanBank Center.

Seven different Topeka players scored in the contest, which was played with forward Michael Hill, who was suspended after a crosscheck last weekend. Ryan White was also absent from the contest.

The RoadRunners scored three goals on the powerplay and also registered a goal with an extra attacker. Corpus Christi scored their lone goal in the second period, which is their first goal they’ve ever scored against the RoadRunners, in their third contest against the team, with the first two coming in the preseason.

Nate Milam and Andrew O’Leary both had a goal and two assists. And Kyle Sharkey, Zach Schrotenboer, and Joe Van Antwerp also had productive evenings.

Eric Rohrkemper stopped 30 of 31 shots for Topeka in the victory. Pheonix Copley stopped 27 of 34 shots in the loss.

The RoadRunners return to action Friday at 7:05 p.m.