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WF Wildcats Swept by Topeka

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Kucera's Strike not Enough for Wildcats against Topeka

Ben Kucera scored a power-play goal and David Zevnik made 27  
saves, but the Wichita Falls Wildcats (21-12-3) could not overcome the  
Topeka Roadrunners, dropping a 2-1 contest at Landon Arena on Saturday.

Colin Staub and Sam Piazza each recorded an assist, their 10th and 15th  
helpers of the season, respectively.

For the second night in a row, the Roadrunners opened the scoring. Peter  
Halash accepted a pass in transition and skated in on Zevnik, before  
sneaking a shot under the right pad at the 1:41 mark of the frame.

The Wildcats responded soon after though, cashing in on one of their four  
first period power play opportunities. Piazza's shot from the right-wing  
circle hit Staub in front. Staub then turned and put a shot on net that was  
partially saved, but Kucera was there to put the rebound home for his ninth  
goal of the campaign.

Play opened up in the second period, as both teams created a number of  
chances, but both Zevnik and PJ Bridges turned aside all rubber sent their  
way, although the Wildcats were fortunate not to concede a goal when Jake  
Kamrass hit the post from in close.

Topeka started the third period brightly, creating a few early chances and  
eventually broke the deadlock at the 6:29 mark of the period. An extended  
spell on the offensive zone led to Philip Middleton releasing a shot from  
the point that snuck through the body of a screened Zevnik to make it 2-1.

Wichita Falls battled hard to tie the contest, but could not generate any  
high-quality scoring chances against the Roadrunners defense, as the  
contest ended 2-1.

The Wildcats are next in action on Jan. 17 when they host the Amarillo  
Bulls at the Kay Yeager Coliseum. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.;  
video streaming is available on FASTHockey.com, with an audio-only  
broadcast accessible via UStream.com.

Scoring Summary

1st Period
Topeka - Peter Halash (Jake Kamrass) 1:41
Wichita Falls - Ben Kucera (power play) (Colin Staub, Sam Piazza) 8:55

2nd Period
(No Scoring)

3rd Period
Topeka - Philip Middleton (Sly Sutter, Jasen Fernsler) 6:29