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Strong team effort leads Topeka to 4-1 victory over Kenai River

After a hat trick Saturday night, forward Alex Frye had another stellar effort Saturday evening.

With a goal and two assists, Frye got the Runners going early, and goaltender Ryan Snowden was solid in net, as Topeka defeated Kenai River 4-1.

The victory gave Topeka (18-30-5) four of the possible six points obtainable in the three-game series.

The scoring opened when Frye beat goaltender Robbie Goor just 45 seconds into the contest.

Kenai River outshot Topeka 10-7 in the first, but Snowden held strong between the pipes. He stopped 34 of 35 shots on the evening, improving his record to 9-12-3 for the year.

In the second period, forward Jeff Makowski pushed it to 2-0, with his 14th goal of the season coming at 9:43. Defenseman Jake Rosenbaum and forward Phil Erickson picked up the assists.

The score would remain 2-0 until less than five minutes remained in the third period.

Forward Will Schlagenhauf grabbed his sixth goal of the season at 15:24, with Frye and Makowski picking up the assists on the play.

Just over a minute later, forward Evan Butcher broke Snowden’s shutout bid at 16:26, giving the Brown Bears a pulse.

At 17:37, forward John Wojciechowski tallied his third goal of the season, giving the Runners a three-goal margin, which held until the final buzzer.

Topeka will continue their trek through Alaska March 24-25 in Fairbanks, as they face the IceDogs. The team will stay in Soldotna, Alaska until midweek, when they will travel to Fairbanks to get prepped for the two-game series.