Runners drop third game in Cup

It became apparent quite early that it wasn’t going to be the Topeka RoadRunners’ night.


In fact, it just wasn’t their tournament.

The RoadRunners were ousted from the Robertson Cup with a 5-2 loss to the Michigan Warriors on Thursday at Landon Arena.

After catching some bad breaks in their previous losses to Fairbanks and Amarillo, the Runners caught another one late in the first period, when Kevin Gibson’s shot bounced off the stick of Topeka defenseman Jacob Poe and into the net with 48 seconds left.

From then on, the Warriors cruised as the Runners struggled in all facets of the game.

“It was for sure that feeling of ‘It’s just not meant to be,’ ” RoadRunners coach Scott Langer said. “We played hard. Again it was those bounces that just seemed to find the back of the net. And we just couldn’t find any offense.”

The RoadRunners, who captured the NAHL regular season championship, struggled in the postseason, falling in the South Division finals to Amarillo before going three-and-out in the Robertson Cup.

Langer said the fact that most of the RoadRunners had little experience in the postseason played a factor in their early exit.

“The mistakes we did make were young mistakes that were very costly,” Langer said. “But we had a good season. The ultimate prize is that Robertson Cup and we sure wanted it, but I’m not going to look past all the success we had.”

After Gibson’s goal with 48 seconds left in the period, Brad Chapman tapped in a loose puck at 5:46 of the second period before Jordan Davis gave the RoadRunners their lone highlight of the game, firing in a power-play goal at 7:07.

Andrew Kolb gave the Warriors a 3-1 lead with a goal at 18:59 of the second.

Chapman added another power-play goal at 9:54 of the third period before Martin Gruse converted on a penalty shot at 13:02.

Topeka defenseman Bob Marx scored at the 15:16 mark on the power play to account for the final score.

Michigan will advance to the 7:05 p.m. semifinal Friday against the Amarillo Bulls.

Langer said he was proud of what his team accomplished this season.

“You just have to reassure them that they were a successful hockey team, and they accomplished big things for our culture,” he said. “But they do have to learn a valuable lesson. Wherever they go next, they need to take this feeling with them.”

The RoadRunners played their second straight game without Ryan White, who was injured in the first game of the Cup.


Michigan 1 2 2 -- 5

Topeka 0 1 1 -- 2

First period -- 1. Michigan, Gibson (unassisted), 19:12.

Second period -- 2. Michigan, Chapman (White, Green), 5:46; 3.Topeka, Davis (Milam), 7:07; 4. Michigan, Kolb (Hoomaian, Gibson), 18:59.

Third period -- 5. Michigan, Chapman (Green, Boelter), 9:54; 6. Michigan, Green (unassisted), 13:02.7. Topeka, Marx (Hussar), 15:16.

Goalies -- Michigan, Tadazak. Topeka, Tirronen.

Shots on goal — Michigan 5-10-10 -- 25 Topeka 10-10-4 – 24.

Attendance -- 1, 215.

Stars of the game -- First star: Chapman. Second star: Kolb. Third star: Gibson.

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