(Photo: Troy Young)
WICHITA FALLS, Texas – Ben Kucera had a goal, and Todd Koritzinsky scored his second goal of the weekend, but the Topeka Roadrunners attack proved too much for the Wichita Falls Wildcats (31-25-4) to handle, as they fell 6-2 at the Kay Yeager Coliseum on Saturday night.
For the second night in a row, the Roadrunners opened the scoring within four minutes of the opening faceoff. Yu Hikosaka snuck behind the Wildcats defense, accepted a breakout pass from Ryan Polin, and skated in on David Zevnik. His initial shot was stopped by the Wildcats netminder, but Hikosaka cleaned up the rebound to make it 1-0.
Topeka doubled its advantage at the 11:34 mark, as Jasen Fernsler finished off a textbook transition rush with Willie Brown and Zach Glienke, beating Zevnik with a wrist shot just inside the post to make it 2-0.
The Wildcats pulled one back less than a minute later, thanks in large part to a strong forecheck by Rudy Junda. With the Roadrunners looking to break out, Junda knocked the puck out of midair, allowing Kucera to turn and get a shot on net. His first effort was saved, but he made no mistake on the rebound, wristing it past Drew Vogler for his 12th goal of the season.
The Roadrunners restored their two-goal cushion soon after though, as a shot from an acute angle pinballed off the post and was tapped home by Jerad Tafoya to make it 3-1 at the 14:00 mark of the first period.
Topeka continued to stretch the advantage in the second period, scoring twice within 16 seconds to make it 5-1. First, Glienke found the net, tucking the puck between Zevnik’s pad and the post on a two-on-one. Seconds later, Fernsler picked up his second of the night on a three-on-one.
In the third, both teams picked up a goal, with Michal Uhrik scoring on a deflection in front of the net to make it 6-1, before Koritzinsky scored through a screen to register his eighth goal of the year to take the scoreline to 6-2.
The Wildcats are next in action on Friday, April 11, when they take on the Amarillo Bulls in the first round of the 2014 Robertson Cup playoffs. Video coverage will be available on FASTHockey.com, with an audio-only broadcast accessible on UStream.com. Fans can also follow the Wildcats on Twitter (@WFWildcats) for in-game score updates.
Topeka – Yu Hikosaka (Ryan Polin, Jake Kamrass) 3:41
Topeka – Jasen Fernsler (Willie Brown, Zach Glienke) 11:34
Wichita Falls – Ben Kucera (unassisted) 12:11
Topeka – Jerad Tafoya (James Ring, Michal Uhrik) 14:00
Topeka – Zach Glienke (James Ring) 14:52
Topeka – Jasen Fernsler (Zach Glienke) 15:08
Topeka – Michal Uhrik (power play) (Avni Berisha, Tomas Nechala) 10:14
Wichita Falls – Todd Koritzinsky (Matt Koch, Ben Kucera) 13:46