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Eagles soar over Tarantulas

January 29, 2005 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Topeka Tarantulas News Release

In a Northwest Division matchup that strongly resembled David vs. Goliath, the Topeka Tarantulas weren't able to take out the league giant Colorado Eagles, falling 4-0 at Landon Arena Friday night.

The Eagles jumped up early with a goal by Karlis Zirnis at 4:37 in the first to take a 1-0 lead into the break. They added another by Riley Nelson at 4:55 in the second to give them a two-goal lead heading into the third period.

Colorado's leading goal-scorer Greg Pankewicz upped the lead to three with a goal at 9:04 in the third, and Eagle forward Mike Lephart put the puck past Topeka goalie David St. Germain for the final goal of the night.

Eagles rookie goalie Tyler Weiman earned his record-tying eighth shutout of the year by stopping all 26 Topeka shots and improved his record to 24-2-4 on the season.

"We got beat by a better team tonight. That's all there is to it," said Topeka Head Coach Joe Coombs.

The challenge will continue for the Tarantulas when they will host the Eagles again tomorrow night at 7:35 p.m. in Landon Arena.

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