Runners fall Friday, look to rebound in game two Saturday

The Topeka RoadRunners will be looking for redemption Saturday night in Shreveport.

Following a tough Friday outing, falling 6-2, Topeka (16-28-4) looks to bounce back in game two against the Mudbugs.

Forwards Nigel Nelson and Brendan Schultz scored for the Runners in the contest, but Shreveport (37-9-5) kept the Runners at bay most of the night with a stout forecheck.

“Shreveport is one of the best teams in the whole league, and I thought they did a good job of running their systems,” RoadRunners head coach Justin DeMartino said. “We have to do a better job of combating their forecheck and attacking their weak points.”

Topeka was outshot 34-12 in the contest, struggling to keep the puck out its own defensive zone.

“It starts with our breakouts and defensive zone coverage, and we have to be better Saturday,” DeMartino said. “We started to do better there in the third period Friday, and we’ll have to build off that success.”

Sam Metcalf had the loss in goal, stopping 28 of 34 shots, while goaltender Jaxon Castor got the victory, with 10 saves on 12 shots.