RoadRunners rally behind third period outburst

Richard Kelly


Despite trailing 3-1 coming into the final period of play, Topeka (8-3-2) scored five straight goals to pull off a come from behind 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Bandits on Friday night at Landon Arena.

The scoring started very early in the contest when Topeka’s Michael Hill poked in a rebound off a Cory Ramsey slapshot to give the RoadRunners the lead only 14 seconds into the contest. But not to be outdone, after a quick St. Louis (9-3-2) timeout, the Bandits tied the game at one only 18 seconds later.

At 16:01 of the opening period, Joe Kalisz put the Bandits in front on a one-time shot from the left slot. St. Louis scored again halfway through the second period and controlled the tempo against a Topeka team that had multiple powerplays and couldn’t cash in on their chances. After two periods, the shots were tied at 16.

But Michael Hill cut into the lead on a quick shot 34 seconds into the third period. And just when a four minute St. Louis powerplay looked to stymie Topeka’s hope, Jordan Davis broke into the offensive zone and buried a shot behind Bandit goalie Jimmy Hamby to tie the game at the 10:31 mark. Just 45 seconds later, another shorthanded opportunity put the RoadRunners on top with a goal from Nate Milam.

Andrew White added another tally a little over two minutes later and Daniel Dupell finished off the Bandits with an empty net goal to clinch the victory in the final minutes.

Rasmus Tirronen stopped 21 of 24 shots in the victory.

The two teams tangle again tonight at 7:05 p.m.