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Springfield uses shootout to best Topeka, 4-3 (1-0 SO)
Story by Narrative Science.
Three periods of regulation and an overtime session were not enough to settle matters as the Springfield Jr. Blues defeated the Topeka RoadRunners in a shootout 4-3 (1-0 SO).The two teams needed 10 turns to complete the shootout.
Springfield saw a two-goal lead disappear, but was able to secure the win in a shootout. The Jr. Blues made the score 3-1 on a short handed goal by Patrick Curry at 13:41 in the second period. Topeka evened things up at 3-3 on a short handed goal by Ryan Polin at 9:15 in the third period.
Curry had a great game for Springfield, netting two goals.
The Jr. Blues put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow the RoadRunners to score on any of their three power plays.
Topeka excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in three chances. The RoadRunners' defensemen played an important role in the offense, chipping in two goals. Topeka's offense was clicking better than usual and put 40 shots on goal during the game, better than the 26.1 shots per game it averages.
Clint Garris also scored for Topeka. Other players who recorded assists for Topeka were Cash Seraphim, who had two and Cody Champagne, Jake Kamrass, Michal Uhrik, and Peter Halash, who each chipped in one.
Sandro Aeschlimann recorded 37 saves for Springfield. The Jr. Blues incurred 18 minutes in penalty time with four minors. The RoadRunners' Drew Vogler stopped 16 shots out of the 19 that he faced. Topeka incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors.