(Photo: Troy Young)
WICHITA FALLS, Texas – Max Reisinger and Todd Koritzinsky both scored, and Chase Munroe made 33 saves, but the Wichita Falls Wildcats (31-24-4) fell to the Topeka Roadrunners, 4-2, at the Kay Yeagar Coliseum on Friday night.
Nick Farmer, Tyler Ledford and Evan Okeley each tallied an assist in a contest that saw Wichita Falls go 1-for-2 on the power play.
Topeka wasted no time getting on the board, opening the scoring just 3:53 into the contest. Yu Hikosaka played a weak pass across the top of the crease that evaded the reach of three Wildcats, and landed on the stick of Tyler Poulsen, who snuck it through Munroe’s five-hole to make it 1-0.
The Wildcats responded soon after, using an odd-man rush to pull level. Reisinger skated into the zone and tried to play a pass to Okeley to his right. The feed was blocked, but caromed right back to Reisinger, who put it past PJ Bridges for his eighth goal of the campaign.
The Roadrunners regained the lead minutes later, as Jerad Tafoya deflected Sly Sutter’s effort past Munroe to make it 2-1, but once again, Wichita Falls would fight back to tie the affair.
With the ‘Cats on a power play, Ledford and Farmer worked the puck to Koritzinsky in the slot. With space around him, Koritzinsky turned and put a shot on net that snuck inside the right post to make it 2-2 at the 18:26 mark.
Both teams generated quality scoring chances in the second, but both Munroe and Bridges turned all efforts aside to keep the game tied 2-2 as it entered the third period.
In the final frame, it looked like the Wildcats had taken the lead on the power play, as Kyle Bauman ripped a one-timer from the top of the circle that appeared to hit the back bar and bounce out. The referee waved it off however, and play continued.
Moments later, Topeka capitalized on the Wildcats’ misfortune, as Sutter wristed a shot that snuck past Munroe to make it 3-2. The Roadrunners would tack on an insurance goal at 14:53 of the third, as Poulsen picked up his second of the night with a wrist shot to the top shelf.
The Wildcats are next in action on Saturday when they host the Topeka Roadrunners in the 2013-14 regular-season finale. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at the KYC. Fans are reminded that Saturday’s game will feature a silent auction, with game-worn Wildcats jerseys and equipment available for bid. Fans that cannot make it to the game can access video coverage on FASTHockey.com, as well as an audio-only broadcast available on Ustream.com.
Topeka – Tyler Poulsen (Yu Hikosaka, Jake Kamrass) 3:53
Wichita Falls – Max Reisinger (Evan Okeley) 7:50
Topeka – Jerad Tafoya (Sly Sutter) 9:54
Wichita Falls – Todd Koritzinsky (power play) (Nick Farmer, Tyler Ledford) 18:26
Topeka – Sly Sutter (unassisted) 5:18
Topeka – Tyler Poulsen (Jake Kamrass) 14:21