WICHITA FALLS, Texas ? Nick Farmer stretched his career-best point-streak to eight games, but it was not enough as the Wichita Falls
Wildcats were upended, 3-2, by the Topeka RoadRunners at the Kay Yeager Coliseum on Saturday night.
Farmer scored one and assisted on another, giving him his fifth-straight multi-point games, while Kevin Charyszyn had the other Wichita Falls tally.
Matt Koch, Nikita Litviak and Erich Jaeger chipped in on the attack with an assist apiece, while Austin Shaw made 25 saves on 28 shots faced in net.
The first period played out as evenly as possible, with both teams finding the net once and both goaltenders making numerous strong saves.
Topeka found twine first, and capitalized on the game?s first power-play opportunity to do so, as Daniel Brickley let go a big blast from the blue line that beat Shaw upstairs for a 1-0 lead.
The Wildcats leveled the affair with about five minutes remaining in the first frame, doing so just after a power-play chance of their own had
Jaeger kept the puck alive below the goal line, and jabbed it towards the front of the net for Farmer. With his stick tied up, Farmer kicked the disc along to Charyszyn unmarked at the back door, and Charyszyn cleaned up the rebound to tie the contest, 1-1, on his team-leading 19th goal of the year at 14:18 of the first.
The second period mirrored the first, with both teams trading a goal apiece to push the score to 2-2, but where Topeka scored early, the red-and-black left it late.
The RoadRunners took their second lead of the night in the opening stages of the frame, with Cam Strong potting one past Shaw from a centering feed from Carlos Fornaris to make it 2-1 at 3:10 of the middle period.
Wichita Falls pushed hard throughout the second for an equalizer, and eventually earned a reward for its efforts on a late power-play
In the offensive zone, Litviak worked the puck from the right-wing circle to the middle of the point for Koch. The defenseman faked a pass, then sent a wrister on net that was kicked away by Matej Tomek, but the rebound went right to Farmer, who tucked it home to make it 2-2.