The RoadRunners will be back at it tonight at the “Spirit Ice Arena” attempting to have a different outcome from opening night as they fell to the Atlanta Capitals 5-2 in front of a great crowd on Friday evening.
Atlanta 5 @ Texas 2 – A quick start by the Capitals gave way to rampant offense and a 2-0 lead that the RoadRunners found themselves chasing all night. Gunner Moore started the Capitals’ offensive attack by finding the back of the net just two and a half minutes into the game and was followed by another Capitals goal from Nikita Pecheritcyn. Garrett Wilderman and Brenden Fehlig found twine for the RoundRunners in an effort to make a comeback, but the Capital’s offense couldn’t be stopped. Jake Pisarcik, Sam Stepanek, and Cole Thomas Johnson all lit the lamp in the third period for Atlanta, finalizing their win with a score of 5-2. Patrick Egdorf also helped take the win with 35 saves on 37 shots for the Capitals, countering Jaeger Reed’s 40 saves for Texas.
“Overall I am good with the way we played last night, we have some things to work on for sure and in reality we have only been together a couple weeks so it’s a starting point” states coach Mike Beavis.
Beavis went on to say that he saw some good things from several players but mentioned Goaltender Jaeger Reed, Garrett Wilderman, Brenden Fehlig, and Christian Spearman as guys that impressed him in game one. “We have some very good players here and first game is always tough on the nerves as well as a huge pressure event. Look for big things from a lot of our guys coming up as it’s still an adjustment for some of the guys early on.” added Beavis
The team played their first game as the RoadRunners in front of an excited crowd last night in Bryan College Station TX. “The atmosphere was awesome and the players and fans enjoyed it for sure. The game results could have been different but the score really didn’t reflect the game.” stated coach Ryan Scheide.
The RoadRunners played well and just did not capitalize on scoring chances whereas their counterparts the Capitals took full advantage of their opportunities. Fans in attendance as well as rink staff and several members of the organization commented on the game as one of the best events to date in College Station. “With the re-branding this season we made a wholesale change here in Bryan College Station and we have the support we need to become successful. This is a process and we are seeing good results so far. The wins will come but at the same time we are focusing on the program as a whole and Player development and promotion to the NAHL and the college level of play” added Beavis
The RoadRunners visited with their fans after the game as they joined them in a “Skate with the RoadRunners” that took place after the game. “Giving back to the community and our fans is huge for us, we are trying to establish ourselves in the community and have been working with the youth hockey and offering our help wherever we are needed.” states Scheide.
Members of the rink staff were also very excited about the event and commented on the program saying they feel that this is by far the best they could have hoped for as the event was a huge success and it’s just the beginning for everyone. “It’s kind of funny but I was speaking to the assigned “Peace Officer” after the game and he stated that before he watched he was not sure what to expect but after he saw the level of play and the excitement he said he would come back as a fan for sure. That is what we are trying to create here and last night was a good start in many aspects.” states Beavis
The two teams will be back at it tonight with puck drop slated for 6:15 Pm at the “Spirit Ice Arena” be sure to stop by and experience the action live or catch the team all season long at hockeytv.com