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Ice Bats Pull Away From Tarantulas

March 5, 2005 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Topeka Tarantulas News Release

For the Topeka Tarantulas, games this season all seem to be reruns. After forcing a tie with the Austin Ice Bats through the first period in tonight's game at Landon Arena, the visitors smothered the Spiders with three goals to take the lead in a 4-2 loss for the last place Tarantulas.

"After 20 minutes, we were in a great position to win it," said Tarantulas Coach Joe Coombs.

Austin left wing Kris Knoblauch started scoring at 13:02, but Tarantulas forward Chris Migliore came right back 25 seconds later to knot it up at a goal apiece to finish out the first.

In the second, Austin notched three goals in the first 11:06, leading to Topeka goalie Dwayne Bateman being pulled in favor of David St. Germain.

"It sure wasn't his fault," said Coombs.

Topeka's leading scorer Mike Lukajic netted his 28th goal of the year with 1:15 left on the clock to edge the score within two, but it was too little, too late for the Tarantulas, as they fell 4-2 in their first and only meeting with the Ice Bats this year.

Tomorrow the Tarantulas will face the Laredo Bucks at 7:35 p.m. in Landon Arena.

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