RoadRunners dominate exhibition, 11-0

The Topeka RoadRunners are still in the process of getting to know each other and each other’s styles of play.


It was difficult to tell from Sunday’s performance.

The Runners looked like a cohesive unit in their second exhibition game, with 10 players scoring goals and nine picking up assists in an 11-0 domination of the Central Oklahoma Bronchos at Landon Arena.

A night after playing mostly newcomers, the RoadRunners suited up 10 veterans. The mix of newcomers and veterans proved to be way too much to handle for the Bronchos, who were outshot 52-8.

“A lot of these guys haven’t worked together in lines, but it shows you that they’re picking up some of the principles that we are teaching,” RoadRunners coach Scott Langer. “We scored some goals and did some really good things coming from our zone out. I think it was a real good step in the right direction.”

The Runners scored four goals in the first period, including three in the last four minutes of the period. Ryan White, Ryan Doucet, Brian Christie and Sharkey all scored first-period goals to start the onslaught. Mic Bruce, Daniel Dupell, Kevin Patterson and Andrew O’Leary each found the back of the net in the second before Sharkey, Jake Lynes and Linus Johansson scored in the third to finish the rout. Johannson, a defenseman from Sweden, also contributed three assists.

“We gelled really well tonight,” said forward Kyle Sharkey, who led the Runners with two goals. “A lot of guys worked really hard and it’s still a tryout for us.”

Langer said this weekend’s exhibition provided a good evaluation of his current squad, but his roster isn’t set in stone just yet. The Runners will play two more preseason games Wednesday and Thursday at Amarillo.

“We certainly can make a few more decisions,” Langer said. “Amarillo’s going to be a good test for us with all the veterans they have back. I think we can inch a little closer to some decisions, but there’s still guys battling for spots on this team.”

Goalies Eric Rohrkemper and Brandon Reagan combined for the shutout. Rohrkemper played the first 30 minutes before giving way to Reagan.

The Runners outscored Central Oklahoma 15-0 in the two-game set, outshooting the Bronchos 96-21.

Sharkey, who led the team in scoring during the playoffs last season, said he enjoyed being back in Landon Arena.

“It felt great playing back in here in Topeka on our ice, it had been while,” he said. “I had some butterflies right off the bat coming out of the tunnel. It just felt great.”

The Runners open the regular season Sept. 14 against the Fresno Monsters at the NAHL Showcase in Blaine, Minn.

Central Oklahoma 0 0 0 — 0

Topeka 4 4 3 — 11

First period — 1. Topeka, White (Patterson, Lynes); 2. Topeka, Sharkey (unassisted), 3. Topeka, Doucet, (Van Lijden, Johansson), 17:22; 4. Topeka, Christie (Bahe, O’Leary), 17:59.

Second period — 5. Topeka, Bruce (Johansson, Van Lijden); 6. Topeka, Dupell (Schrotenboer, Sharkey), 5:16; 7. Topeka, Patterson (Johansson, Schrotenboer), 5:38; 8. Topeka, O’Leary (Bahe, Roisum), 17:26.

Third period — 9. Topeka, Sharkey (Lynes, White), 11:44; 10. Topeka, Johansson (Roisum, Doucet), 18:26.



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