Looking to make a huge impact in the last half of this season, the Wild are pulling out all the stops, and tonight, that resulted in a 4-2 victory over the NAHL's #1 team. 1,628 fans watched the RoadRunners and the Wild battle it out, and to say the least, Wenatchee has definitely left their mark in Topeka. Just as expected, the Wild skaters are coming out of the gate better than ever. To quote Coach Littler, "Good all around effort. Nice to be rewarded for the hard work." To end a great performance, Troy Conzo and Colin Burston were rewarded the 1st and 2nd Stars of the Game.
Topeka struck first with a power play goal from Jason Fernsler, who was assisted by Sly Sutter and Sam Rennaker, four minutes and fifty two seconds after the initial puck drop. Playing the RoadRunners on their own terms, Wenatchee scored their first point on the power play as well when Colin Burston found the back of Drew Vogler's net with help from Ryan Gotelaere and Dakota Raabe. This goal occurred at the 18:43 mark. Ending the first period on a strong streak, Jake Ahlgren scored the Wild's second point of the night nineteen minutes and two seconds into the period with assistance from Chris Jones and Donovan Ott.
There was no scoring in the second period.
David Rzavsky scored the RoadRunners' last point of the night three minutes and thirty four seconds after the start of the period on a short handed goal assisted by Will Scherer. Responding to their point, Wenatchee continued on with their lead and Troy Conzo gave the Wild their third goal of the night at the 12:07 mark. This goal was assisted by David Powlowski. This match's final goal was scored with 30 seconds left in the period by Jake Ahlgren on an empty net. Ahlgren had assistance from Tyler Rockwell and Brendan Harris.
Ending this game, the Wild collectively out shot the RoadRunners 25-23 and only took home two penalties. Infractions went to Brendan Harris for Kneeing and Shane Cuckovich for High Sticking.
Zach Quinn was in the Wild's net for 60 minutes and was able to stop 21 shots on goal out of 23.
Wenatchee will be back tomorrow night, January 3rd, for the third and final game of this series. This match has a 7:05 pm CST puck drop.
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