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Weekend Wrap-Up: Topeka, Amarillo and Johnstown win on Sunday

March 24, 2013

Johnstown defenseman Jeff Bergh had the shootout winner in a 2-1 win in Kalamazoo on Sunday.

Texas 1 @ Topeka 4 – Three, 2nd period goals were the difference as the Topeka RoadRunners secured the second seed in the South and home ice advantage in the Semi-Final round with a 4-1 win over Texas in the rubber match of their three game series in Topeka.  After a scoreless 1st period, Brogan Rafferty opened up the scoring with his first NAHL goal.  That was followed by a goal from captain Drew Kariofiles and another from Tyler Andrew.  Tyler Poulsen scored in the 3rd period to make it 4-0 and the lone Texas goal came with :09 seconds remaining from Brandon Platt, which spoiled the shutout of Spencer Viele, who ended up with 27 saves. Boxscore

Amarillo 5 @ Corpus Christi 4 – Five different players scored for the Bulls including Matt Sieckhaus’s 3rd period goal with less than four minutes remaining to lead the NAHL regular season champs to a 5-4 win and weekend road sweep of Corpus Christi.  Each team scored four times in a wild 2nd period.  Mike Davis, Tyler Rostenkowski, Omar Mullan and Tyler Gernhofer lit the lamp for Amarillo, while the IceRays got two goals from Rudy Sulmonte and others from Eric Purcell and Caleb O’Brien.  Each team enjoyed the lead at one point in the period.  With the loss, the IceRays remain two points ahead of Wichita Falls for the 4th and final playoff spot in the South with two games to go. Boxscore

Johnstown 2 @ Kalamazoo 1 (SO) - In a low scoring affair between divisional rivals, it would require more than sixty minutes to dub a winner in Kalamazoo on Sunday, as it would be the Johnstown Tomahawks prevailing 2-1 in a ten round shootout over the Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings.  It took nearly 12 minutes of action in the second frame for Johnstown to break the 0-0 stalemate. A seemingly innocent shot by Zach Wallace somehow found a way to trickle through Alex Okicki's pads and into the goal to give the Tomahawks a 1-0 edge.  With Kalamazoo trailing by a goal and time becoming an ally of the Tomahawks, Mike Fazio was able to draw the Jr. K-Wings even at one apiece. The shootout went to ten rounds, with Jeff Bergh netting the game winner, propelling his team to a 2-1 victory. Boxscore

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