RoadRunners rebound against Wichita Falls

Richard Kelly / Washburn Review

 

It didn’t take long for the Topeka RoadRunners to get back on track.

A week after only scoring two goals in two games against the Texas Tornado, in games where they looked outmatched, Topeka (7-2-1) rebounded to beat the Wichita Falls Wildcats 6-3 and 5-1 Friday and Saturday night respectively.

Topeka lead 3-0 after the first period Friday, but surrendered three straight goals before scoring three more to make the game out of reach. On Saturday, Topeka never trailed after taking a 2-0 first period lead. Wichita Falls made it 2-1 early in the second period before the RoadRunners pulled away.

Michael Hill had a natural hat trick in Friday’s game and also tallied two assists on the weekend. Hill is tied for fourth in the NAHL in points with 17.

Ryan White had a productive weekend for Topeka with two goals and two assists and Andrew O’Leary also scored two goals and had three assists. Rasmus Tirronen turned aside 29 of 32 shots for Topeka on Friday and Erik Rohrkemper stopped 29 of 30 shots on Saturday.

Wichita Falls (7-2-2) still retains a one point lead in the North American Hockey League South Division, but the Amarillo Bulls, Texas Tornado and Topeka are all tied for second place with 15 points. Topeka has a game in hand on all three teams.

The ‘Runners now travel to Amarillo (7-3-1) this weekend before returning home to play the St. Louis Bandits Oct. 22-23.