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Tarantuals lose close battle to Scorpions

November 19, 2004 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Topeka Tarantulas News Release

The Topeka Tarantulas came into Friday's game with new blood in forward Lukas Dora, but a fresh face wasn't enough for the Arachnids to take the Battle of the Bugs, as they fell to the New Mexico Scorpions 4-3.

"Dora the Scora" opened the scoring with a power play tally 4:27 into the first period with a no-angle shot that bounced over Scorpion goalie Miguel Beaudry. "[Dora] is a great player. I thought he was very effective, but he kind of got tired at the end of the game," said Tarantula Head Coach Joe Coombs.

The goal held up for almost three minutes until Randy Murphy put the puck past Topeka goaltender David St. Germain. Murphy's goal began the back-and-forth action as the Tarantulas and Scorpions traded goals throughout the game.

Arachnid forward Tab Lardner scored the team's first shorthanded goal of the season, his eighth goal on the year, at 14:10 in the first period and rookie forward Garett Cameron added a goal and an assist in the losing effort.

The Spiders will have to compensate for the loss of forward Dallas Flaman, who broke his hand blocking a shot. He is expected to be out at least six to eight weeks.

Topeka returns to action at 7:35 p.m. tomorrow night to take on the Colorado Eagles in Landon Arena.

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