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Lone Star beats Topeka 5-3 as Watson gets hat trick

Kansas ExpoCentre    Sat, Oct 05, 2013

Ryan Watson lifted the Lone Star Brahmas to a 5-3 victory with a hat trick against the Topeka RoadRunners.

Watson's first goal came 12:49 into the first period. He then added goals at 1:49 into the second and at 5:34 into the second.

Topeka's power play was ineffective against Lone Star's penalty kill, which allowed one goal while shorthanded.

By firing 22 shots on goal, the Brahmas exceeded the 16.5 shots they average per game this year. Lone Star surpassed its usual scoring output this season. The Brahmas average 2.3 goals per game. Lone Star cashed in on power play opportunities, scoring two goals on three chances. The Brahmas were forced to rely heavily on their penalty kill unit throughout the game, as they racked up 25 penalty minutes.

AJ Duggan also scored for Lone Star. Other players who recorded assists for Lone Star were Michael Crowley, Austin Thielges, Todd Koritzinsky, and Johan Steen, who contributed one a piece and Anthony Mousseau and Alexey Solovyev, who each chipped in two.

The RoadRunners' normally stingy defense allowed more goals than usual. Topeka is averaging 2.5 goals against for the season. The RoadRunners' defensemen also contributed in the offensive zone and ended up with 15 shots between them. Topeka's offense was clicking better than usual and put 37 shots on goal during the game, better than the 26.8 shots per game it averages.

The RoadRunners were led by Tyler Poulsen, who racked up one goal and one assist. Poulsen scored on the power play 5:12 into the first period to make the score 2-0 Topeka. Topeka earned a power play opportunity when Nick Blas was put in the box for checking from behind. Cody Champagne assisted on the tally. Topeka also got a goal from Mike Gornall as well. In addition, Topeka received assists from Avni Berisha and James Ring, who contributed one a piece.

Jacob Nehama rejected 34 shots on goal for Lone Star. Blake Wojtala made five saves before being replaced by Drew Vogler, who took the loss and made 12 saves. The RoadRunners ended with 15 minutes in penalty time with five minors and one major.