Hat trick not enough for Runners

The Topeka RoadRunners had both an outstanding individual performance and a spirited comeback in their second game of the Robertson Cup.


But it still wasn’t enough to solve their Amarillo problem.

Jordan Davis delivered a hat trick and the Runners stormed back from a two-goal deficit, only to see the Bulls pull out a 4-3 victory Wednesday night at Landon Arena.

The RoadRunners will now have to win tonight’s 7:35 p.m. game with Michigan to keep their season alive.

After Topeka fell behind 3-1 in the second period, Davis almost single-handedly brought the Runners back, tying the game at 5:14 of the third period wit a power-play goal.

However, the Bulls struck back just 27 seconds later when Dan Sherer scored on a rebound. The Runners never recovered.

“You look at the effort Jordan Davis had tonight, it should’ve been enough to win the hockey game,” RoadRunners coach Langer said. “We gave up some bad goals there. I guess the positive is we still have an opportunity to move into the semis.

“We’re just not catching any breaks right now.”

Goaltending was an issue again for the RoadRunners, with starting goalie Eric Rohrkemper stopping just 11 of 15 shots.

“They had three goals on their first nine shots. It’s tough to win hockey games that way,” Langer said.

Davis’ game-tying goal came after Amarillo was called for too many men on the ice. Amarillo coach Dennis Williams said he was pleased with how his team responded after giving up the power-play goal.

“It was one of those you just hate to have,” he said of the penalty. “That was a mess-up on our part, and our guys responded well with it. They came out with a lot of energy and anger because of it. That’s a penalty you don’t want to take late in the game and the refs had to call it, which was a good call.

“We came right at them hard and we pressured them hard and we were able to get a big goal.”

The Runners got on the board first, taking advantage of an early power play, when Davis fired in a puck from the left side at 6:47. Amarillo answered with a Joe Kozlack goal at the 17:28.

Karl Beckman gave the Bulls the lead at 8:13 of the second, blasting home a shot directly off a faceoff. Beckman then struck again at 14:19 when a deflected found the back of the net to give Amarillo a 3-1 lead.

Davis gave a boost of momentum right before the second intermission, driving hard to the net and slipping one past Nikifor Szczerba with 56 seconds left in the second.

But after the Runners and Amarillo traded goals early in the third, Amarillo clamped down defensively, limiting Topeka’s opportunities.

“It was just smart decisions by our guys,” Williams said. “They do a great job. They’re the ones playing the game and they do whatever it takes to win and I was real proud of them.”

Amarillo will have a chance to earn a bye to the championship game when they play Fairbanks Thursday at 4:05 p.m.

Meanwhile, Langer’s squad will try to focus on figuring out Michigan standout goalie Robert Tadazak.

“You got to continue to put pucks at (Tadazak) and make him work,” he said. “He’s not going to give up anything for free.”


Amarillo 1 2 1 — 4

Topeka 1 0 2 — 3

First period — 1. Topeka, Davis (Sharkey, Milam), 6:47. 2. Amarillo, Kozlak (McDougall, Hills), 17:28.

Second period — 3. Amarillo, Beckman (Erickson), 8:13; 4. Amarillo, Beckman (unassisted), 14:19; 5. Topeka, Davis (Sharkey, Van Antwerp), 19:04.

Third period — 6. Topeka, Davis (Sharkey, Marx), 5:14; 7. Amarillo, Sherer (Jenkins), 5:41.

Goalies — Amarillo, Szczerba. Topeka, Rohrkemper.

Shots on goal — 11-14-2 – 27. Amarillo 4-8-3 – 15.

Attendance — 1,963.

Stars of the game — First star: Davis. Second star: Beckman. Third star: Sharkey.

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