The Wichita Falls Wildcats had a chance to wrap up their series with top-seeded Topeka with a pair of wins this weekend at home.
Instead, they'll need to win consecutive games on consecutive days, with a seven-hour drive in between, after falling 5-2 at home to the Roadrunners.
Topeka takes a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series.
Tanner Fahlstedt put the Cats on the board first with a goal at 14:16 of the first period, but Topeka scored the next four goals to build a 4-1 lead before Ryan Frost scored short-handed with just 1:35 remaining in the game.
Topeka added a short-handed empty-netter with 33 seconds left for the final score.
Brian Christie had two goals and two assists for the Roadrunners.