Topeka got a first period goal from Peter Halash with the assist to Tyler Andrew. Halash drove the far post and got Aaron Davis, who was getting his first start, to bite then slid it past the left skate. Time of the goal was 11:43.
The RoadRunners built on their lead at 4:09 of the second on a near carbon copy play of last nights winning goal. Brandon Brossoit carried the puck into the zone down the right wing, Anthony Mousseau dropped to take away the shooting lane and Brossoit put it on the tape of Kyle Sharkey in the slot trailing the play. Sharkey burried it for the two goal lead.
Scott Conway got the Texas Tornado on the board just 26 seconds later. There was a puck battle in the near corner and Conway fished the puck out, carried it to the hash mark and roofed it over Mackenzie Sawyer’s right shoulder. Mitch McPherson and Brandon Hawkins got the assists. With just over two minutes to go in the period, there was a faceoff to Sawyer’s right. Conway won the draw, pulling it back to the point where Hawkins stepped into it and sent a rocket over the right pad. It was the league leading goal scorer’s first goal in seven games.
The third period was all Topeka, at least on the score board. At 6:46 Jerad Tafoya got behind the defense, went in on Davis unobstructed and put it over his glove hand. The assists went to Andrew and Patrick Pollock. Less than a minute later Brossoit put Topeka up by two and then closed out the scoring with an empty netter at 19:06.
The Tornado outshot Topeka 42-39 and both teams were 0-2 on the power play.
When asked about the third period, Head Coach Tony Curtale said, “it was the well documented defensive problems. Every time we built some momentum we gave up an easy goal.” Curtale added that the Tornado have suffered a lot of defensive injuries this season. “It has been a long time since we have had six healthy defensemen. We have rookies playing more than they should and forwards playing back there, but nobody is going to feel sorry for us and we have to keep playing.”
Elsewhere around the NAHL South Division, Corpus Christi won a slug fest 4-2 over Odessa. The second period at the American Bank Center featured four fights. In Wichita Falls the Amarillo Bulls scored the first six goals of the game and downed the Wildcats 7-2. With the loss to Topeka and win by Amarillo, the Texas Tornado are now five points behind the Bulls and three points ahead of the RoadRunners. The issue for the Tornado is that the Bulls have four games in hand over Texas while Topeka has two, placing the Tornado squarely within striking distance of Topeka.