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'RUNNERS PREVAIL IN SHOOTOUT WIN - Junior Hockey News

Published: Sunday, 2 Jan 2011

A few things on Saturday night were not unlike Friday. The visiting Amarillo Bulls wore their white jerseys, scored first and led 2-1 after one period. Only one goal was scored in the second period. A power failure in the Expocentre lighting system plunged the arena into darkness for the second night in row, though on Saturday it occurred during the second intermission rather than in the middle of play. The final score ended up 3-2 again though this time it was Topeka who took the win, in a shootout in front of this seasons largest RoadRunner crowd to date of 3,148.

Amarillo's first goal came at 7:21 of the first period. Goalie Eric Rohrkemper went behind the net to fire the puck around the boards but the puck caromed off a RoadRunner forwards stick across to Brooks Behling who easily snapped it into the abandoned net. Topeka tied it up at 16:22 when the rebound of a Jordan Davis shot popped sharply out to Kyle Sharkey who blasted it home low on the glove side. Amarillo responded fairly quickly, retaking the lead at 17:43 when Brooks Behling scored his second of the night, assisted by two crisp passes on the rush from Terrence Johnson and T.J. Sarcona. The 2-1 lead stood after one period.

The second period saw both teams clamp down a bit, as shots were limited to 7-5 in favor of Amarillo. It was Topeka who scored the only goal of the period, coming at 18:36 as Zach Schrotenboer fed a pass behind the Bulls net to Justin Hussar who spotted Brian Christie in the slot, setting up the game tying goal. The game was tied at 2-2 after 2, and the second intermission was extended an extra 15 minutes because of the arena lights went out for the second night in a row.

The third period may have been a scoreless one, but was not without it's fair share of excitement, highlighted by a penalty shot awarded to Amarillo's Matt Johnson that was denied by Rohrkemper keeping the game tied with just over three minutes to play in regulation. A wide open 4-on-4 overtime session yielded no scoring either so the teams headed to a shootout for the second time this season.

Topeka used goals from Bob Marx and Brian Christie in the shootout to claim the win as Eric Rohrkemper stopped all four Amarillo shooters, giving the 'Runners their first shootout win of the year and their 20th win overall.

The RoadRunners (20-8-2) embark on a 5 game road trip that will take them to Corpus Christi (13-17-2) for three games next weekend and then Amarillo for two the following weekend. All the games will be streamed live at countrylegends1069fm.com and videocast with FASTHockey.com.







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