Bulls beat Runners in Game 4 to force finale

AMARILLO, Texas — An intense series between the Topeka RoadRunners and Amarillo Bulls fittingly has one more game left in the cards.


The Bulls scored two third-period goals to down the RoadRunners 4-2 Friday night, evening up the South Division finals at two games apiece.

Topeka will host the fifth and deciding game at 7:05 p.m. Monday in Landon Arena.

The score was tied at 2 at the end of the second period before Amarillo took the lead midway through the third period after Dan McDougall’s shot made its way through traffic and past Topeka goalie Rasmus Tirronen. T.J. Sarcona gave Amarillo some insurance with a goal at 16:27 to account for the final score.

The Runners outshot Amarillo 48-36 but were kept in check by Bulls’ goalie Nikifor Szczerba, who stopped 46 shots.

Zack Smoot put the Bulls on top early in the first period, firing in a shot that came off a two-on-one Amarillo rush. The Runners answered two minutes, 21 seconds later when Nate Milam scored off his own rebound on the power play.

Shortly after a Davey Middleton shot clanked off the post, Kyle Sharkey put the Runners up 2-1 with a wrap-around goal at 8:49 of the second period. Amarillo then cashed in on a 5-on-3 power play, tying the game with Derek Hill’s one-timer at the 18:06 mark.

The Runners went 1-for-6 on the power play, while Amarillo was 1- for-4.

Topeka will be playing its second Game 5 of the postseason after earning a 3-2 win against Wichita Falls in the fifth game of the South Division semifinals.

Should the Runners lose Monday, Topeka will still have a spot in the Robertson Cup by virtue of being the host team.

Topeka 1 1 0 -- 2

Amarillo 1 1 2 -- 4

First period -- 1. Amarillo, Smoot (Jenkins), 6:42; 2. Topeka, Milam (unassisted), 9:03.

Second period -- 3. Topeka, Sharkey (unassisted), 8:49; 4. Amarillo, Hills (McDougall, Smoot), 18:06.

Third period -- 5. Amarillo, McDougall (unassisted), 10:06; 6. Amarillo, Sarcona (Kozlac), 16:27.

Goalies -- Topeka, Tirronen. Amarillo, Szczerba.

Shots on goal -- Topeka 16-15-17 -- 48; Amarillo 15-9-12-- 36.

Attendance -- 2,219.

Stars of the game -- First star: Szczerba. Second star: McDougall. Third star: Hills.



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