After back-and-forth battles between the Topeka RoadRunners and Wichita Falls Wildcats, the South Division semifinals come down to one game.
The RoadRunners will host a winner-take-all Game 5 at 7:05 p.m. Monday in Landon Arena.
Topeka appeared to be on the verge of wrapping up the series Saturday in Game 4 at Wichita Falls, building a 3-1 lead in the third period. However, the Wildcats clawed their way back and tied the game with 27 seconds remaining on a goal by Ryan Frost. Frost then scored in sudden-death overtime to keep the Wildcats alive.
Both of Wichita Falls’ victories in the series have come in overtime, with the Wildcats earning a 1-0 victory in the extra session of Game 2. Topeka won the first game 5-1 and and the third game 5-2.
RoadRunners goalies Rasmus Tirronen and Eric Rohrkemper have each started two games in the series. Tirronen has 53 saves against 56 shots, while Rohrkemper has turned aside 52 of 57. Wichita Falls goalie Tyler Green has also been solid, stopping 143 of the 155 shots.
Nate Milam has scored a team-high four goals in the series for the RoadRunners. Frost leads the Wildcats with three goals.
The winner of the series will advance to the South Finals to face the Amarillo Bulls, who won its best-of-five series with Texas, 3-1.
Though a loss Monday would eliminate the RoadRunners from the South playoffs. The RoadRunners have already attained a spot in the Robertson Cup Tournament as the hosts. The tournament will take place May 2-8 at Landon Arena.