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Eagles Take Down Tarantulas Again

January 30, 2005 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Topeka Tarantulas News Release

Over the weekend, the Topeka Tarantulas met what is the equivalent of a rolled-up newspaper in their two-game series against the Colorado Eagles, including tonight's 5-2 loss at Landon Arena.

Eagle rookie forward Kevin Marsh scored at 7:02 into the first period off a breakaway to beat Topeka goalie Dwayne Bateman. Forward Riley Nelson scored soon after with another tally at the 9:36 mark to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead at the first break.

Topeka forward Chris Migliore scored his first goal with the Tarantulas at the 3:21 mark by taking a pass from Olivier Maltais and putting it into an open net.

"It's good to get that monkey off my back," said Migliore. "It was a great pass from Maltais and I was in the right place at the right time."

Just 19 seconds later, Colorado would answer back with Marsh's second goal of the game, giving the Eagles back their two-goal lead.

"It's tough when we score and they get a goal on the next shift. It kind of deflates your sails," said Migliore.

Colorado forward Fraser Filipic added another at 7:39 into the period, but Topeka's Tab Lardner netted his 19th goal of the season at 15:57 to bring the game back to two goals. Lardner took a pass from forward Mike Lukajic and went in on Colorado goaltender Paulo Colaiacovo with a two-on-one breakaway, then stuffed the puck underneath the goalie's left leg pad.

Nelson would answer right back with his second of the game at 17:13 into the second to put the Eagles up 5-2.

A scoreless third would send the Eagles back to Loveland with two wins out of their trip to the capital city.

"I'm trying to take the positives out of this," said Topeka Head Coach Joe Coombs. "That might be the best AA hockey team out there. It's truly scary how good that team can become."

The Arachnids were forced to finish the game without defenseman Kevin Harris, who suffered a concussion in the first period. Coombs isn't sure how long Harris will have to be out in order to recuperate, but doesn't want to have to play against Fort Worth next weekend with only four defensemen.

"I'm going to do everything in my power to have a defenseman in here by Friday," said Coombs.

The Spiders host the Brahmas Friday and Saturday, with both games starting at 7:35 p.m. Coombs hopes to have forward Cosmo Dupaul back for the games.

"If he comes back and plays well, he could help us a lot," said Coombs.

Friday and Saturday are $1 beer weekend for all fans in attendance with proper I.D.

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