TOPEKA EARNS A POINT IN HARD FOUGHT SHOOTOUT LOSS

Facing their toughest opponent of the weekend, Topeka did a lot of things according to the game plan. The Wenatchee Wild came into the game a perfect 5-0-0 on the season, and the ‘Runners kept them at bay through the opening period, holding them to just 3 shots while launching 8 at the Wild goalie. In the second period, Wenatchee struck first as Michael DiPuma scored at 7:56 and the Wild led 1-0 after two periods. In the third period, the RoadRunners came out with a fierce determination and it translated into a game tying goal as Michael Vandas redirected a Jeff Burke shot into the net at 4:34 with Martin Sundstedt picking up an assist as well. Topeka had a number of power play opportunities, but Wenatchee\’s penalty kill was perfect on the day, and the game headed to overtime. Both teams played exemplary defense in the extra session, with only one official shot on goal occurring in the 5 minute period. For the first time in the young season, Topeka went to a shootout.

The best of five shootout went 7 shooters deep before it ended on a Nathan Sliwinski goal to seal the 2-1 win for Wenatchee as they improved to 6-0-0. Topeka finished the Showcase 2-1-1 and exhibited consistent growth with each passing game. The RoadRunners will travel to Frisco, TX to face the Texas Tornado who will be celebrating their Home Opener and return to the NAHL after a year hiatus for facility renovations. Friday\’s game will be 7:30 and Saturday will have a 7:00 faceoff. Texas also finished the Showcase 2-1-1, as did the whole South Division with the exception of St. Louis (4-0-0). Topeka\’s home opener will be Oct 2 and 3 against the same Texas Tornado. Game time each night is set for 7:05 pm.