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RoadRunners and Warriors sweep on Sunday

October 6, 2014

Trevor Gorsuch stopped 53 of 55 shots during the weekend, which included a shutout on Sunday.

Amarillo 2 @ Topeka 3 – In an early afternoon game on Sunday, the Topeka RoadRunners got a goal and assist from Willie Brown in a 3-2 win to complete a weekend home sweep of the Amarillo Bulls. Topeka got on the board first when Shawn Brennan slipped a pass to Dominic Lutz, and Lutz ripped a low hard shot to the back of the net on the glove side of Jacob Weatherly at 12:23 for the 1-0 lead. Topeka took an uncharacteristic number of penalties in the frame (4), and had successfully killed off more than a minute of 5-on-3 Bulls power play time, but on the fourth Bulls power play, Amarillo tied the game on Elijah Barriga's goal at 18:13 and the first period concluded even at 1-1.  The second period was a complete shift. Three Topeka power plays in the first 6 minutes yielded nothing, but on the fourth power play of the period, Carlos Fornaris scored his first goal and first point in his fourth game at 13:11, assisted by Willie Brown and Ryan Polin, giving Topeka a 2-1 lead. Later in the period, Sam Rennaker won a puck battle on the right wing wall, feeding it to an advancing Brown who danced through the Bulls defenseman before rocketing a wrister high on the short side for a 3-1 lead at 17:32.  In the final stanza, the Bulls drew within a goal on a power play goal from Charlie Combs at 7:45, making it 3-2. The Bulls could not find the equalizer as Topeka goalie Drew Vogler made 14 saves. Boxscore
Michigan 4 @ Keystone 0 – The Warriors rode the hot goaltending of Trevor Gorsuch to a 4-0 win on Sunday, to complete a weekend road sweep of the Ice Miners. Michigan was dominant the entire game, outshooting the Ice Miners, 32-21. Just over five minutes into the contest, the Warriors went up 1-0 on a goal from AJ Marcinek. Defenseman Ryan Burr would push the lead to 2-0 with a goal just four minutes later. Tyler Groat, who had three points on the night, scored Michigan’s third goal, which came on the power play in the 2nd period and Ryan Dougherty added a 3rd period power play goal. Gorsuch stopped all 21 shots that came his way for his first shutout of the season as he got back to the form that helped Michigan advance to the Robertson Cup Semi-Finals last year. Alex Blankenburg made 12 saves and was pulled after one period and replaced by Nick Kossoff, who ended up making 16 saves. Boxscore
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