Recaps from Pointstreak Website
The Springfield Jr. Blues failed to take advantage of their power play opportunities and the Topeka RoadRunners shook off a number of penalties to win, 7-2.
Topeka was sparked by Luke Veitch, who finished with one goal and one assist. Veitch scored 19:35 into the first period to make the score 3-1 Topeka. Sean Gaffney picked up the assist.
The RoadRunners surpassed their usual scoring output this season. Topeka has scored at the pace of 3.3 goals per game during the current campaign. The RoadRunners' offense was clicking better than usual and put 37 shots on goal during the game, better than the 26.8 shots per game they average. Topeka could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 32 minutes in penalties during the game.
Topeka also got points from Codey Hansen, who also registered one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Topeka included Jerad Tafoya, who had two and Jake Kamrass, Tyler Poulsen, and Kyle Sharkey, who each put in one. More assists for Topeka came via Peter Halash, who had two and Michal Pastor, Drew Kariofiles, and Dan Dupell, who each chipped in one.
Springfield relied on a core group of players for most of its offense, as Ryan Atkinson, Alex Baskakov and Brett Skibba took 19 of the team's 36 shots.
Springfield also got a goal from Parker Johnson as well. Other players who recorded assists for Springfield were Simon Koscielski, who had one.
Spencer Viele rejected 34 shots on goal for the RoadRunners. Topeka registered one goal on three power play opportunities. Matt Leon made 30 saves for the Jr. Blues on 37 shots. Springfield incurred 16 minutes in penalty time with eight minors.
In a game where neither team could get a cushion, the Springfield Jr. Blues escaped with a 3-2 victory over the Topeka RoadRunners.
Each team kept the other at bay throughout the game, and Mike Fazio secured the win for Springfield with a goal in the third period.
The Jr. Blues were led by Fazio, who racked up one goal. Fazio scored 19:31 into the third period to make the score 3-2 Springfield. Brett Skibba provided the assist.
Referees had their hands full with a major incident at 20:00 into the third period. Twelve fighting penalties were dished out along with 17 game misconducts.
Springfield was often in penalty trouble, totaling seven minors and five majors for 89 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 16.0 minutes per game the Jr. Blues had been spending in the box. Springfield's penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on four Topeka power plays.
Springfield additionally got points from Ryan Atkinson, who also had one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Springfield also got a goal from Terry Leibo as well. In addition, Springfield received assists from Mike Severson, Dallas Crum, and Jon Carkeek, who each chipped in one.
Topeka forced its penalty killing units to work especially hard during the game, picking up three minors and 10 majors for 186 minutes in penalty time. The RoadRunners surpassed its season average of 26.0 penalty minutes per game. Topeka put 34 shots on net during the contest, more than the 27.4 it averages per game.
The RoadRunners were helped by Mick Bruce, who registered one goal. Bruce scored 14:59 into the third period to make the score 2-2. Kyle Sharkey assisted on the tally. Tyler Andrew also scored for Topeka. Other players who recorded assists for Topeka were Michal Pastor and Sean Gaffney, who contributed one a piece.
Ryan Kellenberger rejected 32 shots on goal for the Jr. Blues. Springfield registered zero goals on one power play opportunities. For the Jr. Blues, Jack Sloan, Dylan Rosen, Ji Young Li, Fazio, and Carkeek were ejected from the contest. Mackenzie Sawyer recorded 19 saves for Topeka. Team's Kevin Patterson, Pastor, Drew Kariofiles, Gaffney, Peter Halash, Sharkey, and Codey Hansen were slapped with misconducts and ejected from the game.