TOPEKA, KA – The Corpus Christi IceRays completed a two goal comeback to tie the game in the third period, however the Topeka Roadrunners squeaked by the IceRays 4-3 on Wednesday night inside the Kansas ExpoCentre in Topeka, Kansas.
It took only 13 seconds for the Roadrunners to get on the board. Richard Young took the puck and beat Anthony Stolarz top shelf with the lone assist going to Sean Gaffney for a 1-0 lead.
Corpus Christi tied the game off the stick of Phil Pietroniro. A player dove to block a shot, Pietroniro fired the puck past the diving player and found a way into the back of the net tying the game 1-1 just 3:53 into the game.
Topeka regained the lead shortly after. Ben Bahe assisted Anders Schultz’s goal just 1:19 after the IceRays tied the game to take a 2-1 advantage.
Brian Christie took the puck in on a two-on-one rush and beat Stolarz over the shoulder on the power-play 16:15 into the first period to take a 3-1 lead.
The only goal of the second period was scored by the IceRays while on the power-play. Frank Misuraca sent a pass down low for Zach Holstrom to put a nice move on to get to the front of the net. Holstrom found Zachary Lindsay wide open for an easy goal with 3:11 left in the second.
Danny Fetzer completed the comeback just 1:21 into the third period as he beat goaltender Peter Traber low on the glove side to tie the game 3-3.
Topeka regained the lead with 9:02 left to go in the game. Kevin Patterson took a shot from the point that changed direction on a deflection and beat Anthony Stolarz. The goal proved to be the game winner as Topeka held on for the 4-3 win.
Anthony Stolarz stopped 27 of 31 in the loss.
The IceRays take on Topeka tomorrow night as well. Puck drops at 7:05PM, coverage begins at 6:50PM with the IceRays Pregame Show on ESPN Radio 1440AM.
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