The Lone Star Brahmas traveled to Topeka to take on the Roadrunners in a weekend set. Coach Scott Langer had the home team up for the game as the last time these two franchises faced one another, the Texas Tornado bounced Topeka from NAHL post season play.
Topeka weathered some early pressure by the Brahmas and then had a period of sustained play in their offensive zone. At 8:37, Mattias Soderqvist had his stick and blocker jarred loose and knocked to the near corner. The Roadrunners snapped a shot from the bottom of the right-wing circle and off Soderqvist’s bare hand. After a few minutes to shake out his hand Soderqvist remained in net.
Lone Star finally broke the ice as Alex Dagnal pulled the puck off the end boards and fed it to Jan Hudecek at the near side halfwall. Hudecek saw Paul Fregeau streaking up the far boards. Fregeau knocked down Hudecek’s pass at the blueline and carried it to the top of the left-wing circle. Fregeau delayed for the defender to clear and fired a seeing eye shot between Drew Vogler’s right arm and his body.
The Brahmas maintained the lead through much of the second period. However, at the 16:20 mark Jerad Tafoya went flying past the net and rolled the puck out front as he curled along the end boards. James Ring and Jake Kamrass were just off the far post with Connor Hutchins between them. Ring banked one off of Soderqvist as Hutchins knocked Kamrass off his skates. The rebound went right to Kamrass who flipped it past Soderqvist from his knees.
It took the Brahmas only 1:20 to answer the Roadrunner’s tally when Fregeau went racing into the zone down the far side and ripped a bomb off of Vogler who put a juicy rebound out front for Dagnal trailing the play. Dagnal put it in the back of the net over the sprawled netminder.
Just when it looked as though the Brahmas may take a lead into the second intermission, Topeka’s Brandon Vuic knocked a loose puck into the Brahmas’ end. Sly Sutter controlled the puck and sent a shot toward the net. Nick Blase went down and blocked the shot but it caromed right back to Sutter for a wrister over Soderqvist’s right shoulder.
At 13:09 of the third there was a faceoff to Soderqvist’s left that was sent into the far corner. Kamrass pulled the puck out of a pile and fed a nice pass across to Clint Garris crashing from the near point for a shot off the right pad and in. Sam Rennaker closed out the scoring at 19:55 with an empty net goal.
The Brahmas for the most part stayed clear of the penalty box tonight and it helped them stay in the game. Neither team scored on the powerplay with Lone Star being 0 – 1 and Topeka 0 -2. Officially shots on goal were 38 -13. While the Roadrunners did outshoot the Brahmas by a wide margin there were several shots on which Vogler had to make a save that did not get recorded as a shot on goal.
There are some signs of hope coming from the Brahmas out of their last two games. Hopefully they can take something from each to build upon and come out of Topeka with a win tomorrow night and a split in the series.