The Texas RoadRunners jumped to the top of the South Division of the NA3HL this past weekend as they Swept the Atlanta Capitals all three games in Duluth, GA. The Capitals started the season 3-0 and had a hold on first place but the Runners were determined to change all that.
TX RoadRunners 4 @ Atlanta 3: A late third period push gave the Texas RoadRunners a 4-3 win over the Atlanta Capitals. In the opening frame, Anthony O’Neil (9:45) scored with the help of Robbie Aranos and Dylan Zier for a Atlanta lead, 1-0. In the second, Derek Boutin (15:00) evened the game for Texas as Dustin Hultberg and Eitan Geralnik were called on the assists. In the third, the RoadRunners took their first lead of the night with Eitan Geralnik (1:37 and 7:55) scoring back-to-back goals for a 3-1 lead. Atlanta answered back with Nick Mumford (13:26) scoring to make the score 3-2. The RoadRunners added another in their favor when Tyler Love (16:24) scored to get the score 4-2. With seconds remaining, Brett Phillips (19:51) added another goal for the Capitals for a 4-3 final score.
TX RoadRunners 4 @ Atlanta 1 – The Texas RoadRunners picked up a 4-1 win over the Atlanta Capitals. Tyler Love (9:01) opened up the scoring for the RoadRunners with the help of Jack Herron and Mason Bertelsen in the first period. In the middle frame, Jack Herron (6:22 and 13:41) scored back-to-back goals to get the RoadRunners ahead 3-0. In the third, Ethan Geralnik (10:01) scored, adding to the RoadRunners lead, 4-0. Joe McLaughlin (10:20) scored the only goal for the Capitals for a 4-1 final. Nash Wilson made 38 saves in the win.
TX RoadRunners 5 @ Atlanta 3 – Jack Herron had two goals and two assists and Tyler Love had two goals and an assist as the RoadRunners completed a three-game weekend road sweep of the Capitals thanks to a 5-3 win on Sunday. After a scoreless 1st period, the Roadrunners jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the 2nd period as Herron, Love, and Eitan Geralnik all scored, while Nick Jameus scored for Atlanta. The Caps tied the game at 3-3 in the 3rd period with goals from Anthony O’Neil and Marcus Glenn, but goals from Herron and Love in the final minute gave Texas the win. Noah Wilson made 22 saves in the win, while Coleman Garnier made 34 saves in the loss.
The RoadRunners will enjoy a week off before returning to College Station to begin preparation for their upcoming trip to El Paso where they will take on the Rhinos, October 14,15,16 at the El Paso County Events Center. “The guys played well in Atlanta but there are still quite a few details we need to work a bit more on over the next few practices. Nash Wilson was great in net and came up with some big stops especially on the power play opportunities that Atlanta had during the weekend including the 3-4 five on three situations.” States Coach Mike Beavis
The three games were played mainly with special teams most of the weekend which hurt the flow of the games a bit and also lead to some very tired special teams guys on both sides. The Runners moved to 5-1-0 on the season and took control of first place in the south with 10 points which is also good for third place over all in the NA3HL. Coach Beavis’s team looks decent in the early goings but he also insists that they have to do much better with the little things if they are going to be in it for the long haul.