Starting the new year off on the right note, the RoadRunners dialed up some offense with three goals in the second period to defeat the Wichita Falls Wildcats 3-2.
The Wildcats would draw first blood in the first as Conor O'Neil cleaned up a rebound off of Spencer Viele at 7:56. They wouldn't dent the scoreboard again until the last second of the game, but that's getting ahead of ourselves.
Ross Luedtke stood tall in the second. He tied the game at 1-1 with a netter at 2:18. Dan Dupell put the team ahead with a goal of his own at 3:47. Luedtke struck again with the eventual game winner at 16:33. Sean Gaffney assisted both of Luedtke's goals, pushing his points total to 45.
In the third, Kyle Sharkey appeared to get the puck past Evan Cowley to give the Runners a 4-1 lead. The goal was waived off, however, due to a loose net. The ruling came without consequence as the Wildcats were unable to muster another score until one second remained on the clock. With the win, Topeka remains nine points behind Amarillo, and four points behind Texas, in the South Division race.
The Wildcats and RoadRunners go back at it Saturday night in Wichita Falls. Drew Kariofiles is expected back from his suspension for the game. Fans can watch the contest at Blind Tiger Brewery and Restaurant at 7pm but are advised to make a reservation or get there early as seats are limited.