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Topeka vanquishes Johnstown in shootout, 6-5 (3-0 SO)

Schwan SR-1    Thu, Sep 19, 2013

Three periods of regulation and an overtime session were not enough to settle matters as the Topeka RoadRunners defeated the Johnstown Tomahawks in a shootout 6-5 (3-0 SO).

The shootout featured six attempts between both teams. Topeka's other shootout goals were scored by James Ring and Tyler Poulsen.

The RoadRunners saw a three-goal lead disappear, but was able to secure the win in a shootout. Topeka made the score 5-2 on a goal by Michal Uhrik at 3:42 in the third period. Johnstown evened things up at 5-5 on a goal by Shane Cuckovich at 10:28 in the third period.

The RoadRunners were sparked by Jerad Tafoya, who racked up one goal. Tafoya scored 1:15 into the third period to make the score 4-2 Topeka. Avni Berisha picked up the assist.

Topeka's goal total was higher than its season average. The RoadRunners have scored at the pace of 3.7 goals per game during the current campaign. Topeka gave up more goals than its normal season average. The RoadRunners average 2.0 goals allowed per game. With 34 shots on target during the contest, Topeka exceeded the 25.7 shots it averages per game this year.

Topeka also got points from Tomas Nechala, who also finished with one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Topeka also got a goal from Poulsen as well. In addition, Topeka received assists from Mike Gornall, who had two and Cody Champagne, Ring, Peter Halash, and Andrew Roye, who contributed one a piece.

The Tomahawks found the back of the net more times than it usually has this season. This season, Johnstown averages 2.7 goals per contest.

The Tomahawks were led by Brandon Reinholz, who registered two goals and one assist. Reinholz scored the first of his two goals at 18:44 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Johnstown. Reinholz's next tally made the score 5-3 Topeka with 12:10 left in the third period. Joe Drabin assisted on the tally. Johnstown additionally got points from Shane Bednard, who also tallied one goal and one assist. Jordan Watt also scored for Johnstown. Other players who recorded assists for Johnstown were Mitch Hall and Trevor Recktenwald, who each chipped in one.

Blake Wojtala made 20 saves for the RoadRunners on 25 shots. Topeka incurred six minutes in penalty time with three minors. Brett Young made 23 saves before being replaced by Colin DeAugustine, who took the sol and made five saves. Johnstown incurred 10 minutes in penalty time with five minors.