CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – The Corpus Christi IceRays had plenty of opportunities in the game but could only convert one time in regulation as Topeka swept the IceRays with a 4-1 victory inside the American Bank Center.
Topeka took the lead 7:09 into the first period as Ryan White was denied by Anthony Stolarz on a breakaway, however Dan Dupell picked up the rebound and tapped it past Stolarz for the 1-0 lead.
Brian Christie scored his third goal in two games at the 19:50 mark of the first period to give Topeka a 2-0 lead after the first period.
Only one goal was scored in the second period and that was by Sean Gaffney of the Roadrunners. Gaffney recorded a power-play goal just 3:49 into the period to increase the lead 3-0.
The second period also saw three fights on consecutive face-offs as Danny Fetzer, Ladislav Hruska, and Greg Chapman all got five minutes for fighting.
In the third period Trace Strahle scored 4:25 into the period giving the Roadrunners a 4-0 advantage.
Corpus Christi avoided the shutout as Joe Smereck scored a power-play goal during a five minute major penalty pulling the IceRays within three goals, 3-1.
Anthony Stolarz stopped 26 of 40 shots in the loss.
The IceRays are on the road next Friday and Saturday night against the Texas Tornado before returning home on Sunday afternoon against Texas as well. Puck drops at 7:05PM Friday and Saturday and 3:05PM on Sunday, coverage begins 15 minutes prior to the opening face-off with the IceRays Pregame Show on ESPN Radio 1440AM.
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