Bulls again top RoadRunners

The Topeka RoadRunners' struggles against the Amarillo Bulls continued Friday night.


The Runners, who have now dropped four out of five games against Amarillo, fell behind early and were unable to come up with the equalizer down the stretch, falling 3-2 to the Bulls at Landon Arena.

"We had a handful of guys that really didn't bring their full effort tonight and other guys were trying to make up for it," RoadRunners coach Scott Langer said. "We just weren't working together. I don't think we were very good tonight."

Amarillo grabbed the early momentum, scoring twice in the first eight minutes. Colton Warner lit the lamp just one minute and four seconds into the game after the Runners gave up an odd-man rush. Dan Sherer later scored a power-play goal for Amarillo before Nate Milam put the Runners on the board at 15:24.

"Two of their goals were on blatant odd-man rushes," Langer said. "It just shows you some of our guys left their game at home."

The RoadRunners (19-8-2) suffered a big blow late in the first period when Michael Hill, who had just returned to the lineup from injury, was ejected after being dealt a major penalty for cross checking Derek Hills. Hills left the game after the hit and did not return.

"The loss of Hill was a difficult one, but you can understand when guys are tearing him down and giving him shots the first five shifts and there's not one call," Langer said.

Topeka caught another bad break late in the second period when a bouncing puck off the stick of Matt Johnson found its way past Topeka goalie Rasmus Tirronen and into the net.

The game was delayed for about 20 minutes after the power in the arena went out momentarily with 9:09 left.

The Runners crept back within a goal when defenseman Bob Marx fired in a shot at 15:29 of the third. Topeka actually put the puck in the net with 30 seconds left but had the goal wiped out due to a crease violation.

"You had guys playing on different lines tonight. There was no rhythm," Langer said. "We were turning pucks over left and right. Any team coming in here on the road will welcome the kind of play we had tonight."

Amarillo goalie Nikifor Szczerba turned in a solid effort, stopping 24 of 26 shots. Tirronen turned aside 22 of 25 shots for Topeka.

The two teams will meet again at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in Landon Arena.

Amarillo ... 2... 1 ...0 ...- ... 3

Topeka... 1... 0... 1... -... 2

First period — 1. Amarillo, Warner (Hills), 1:04; 2. Amarillo, Sherer (Warner), 8:01; 3. Topeka, Milam (White, Schrotenboer), 15:24.

Second period — 4. Amarillo, Johnson (unassisted), 18:56.

Third period — 5. Topeka, Marx (Davis), 15:29.

Shots on goal — Amarillo 11-10-3 - 24. Topeka 6-14-5 - 25.

Goalies — Amarillo, Szczerba. Topeka, Tirronen.

Stars of the game — First star: Warner. Second star: Milam. Third star: Marx.

Attendance — 1,847.



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