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Tarantulas' comeback not enough

March 13, 2005 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Topeka Tarantulas News Release

The Topeka Tarantulas wanted to start off their final stretch of home games this season with a win against the Memphis RiverKings, but after spotting them two goals in the first period, the Spiders wouldn't be able to rally in a 5-2 loss at Landon Arena.

A goal by Memphis forward Tim Plett at 18:25 started the scoring on the afternoon and was quickly followed by another from forward Don Parsons at 19:47, giving the Kings a 2-0 lead at the first break.

Arachnid forward Chris Migliore scored on a wide open slapshot off a feed from defenseman John Donnelly to beat Memphis goalie Jean-Francois Racine at 7:40, starting the Topeka momentum swing with his eighth of the year.

A few minutes later, Vin Hellemeyer saved the puck at the blue line and dumped it in to find a wide open Cosmo Dupaul at the side of the Memphis net to net his seventh tally of the season at 11:02 in the period, giving the Tarantulas a 2-2 tie heading back into the locker room.

The Spiders wouldn't be able to keep the tie game for much longer, as Memphis added another three unanswered goals in the third, including a second from Plett, who finished with four points in the game.

"Three days, three games, twelve guys-that's tough," said Tarantulas Coach Joe Coombs. "I think it was an issue of running out of gas."

The Tarantulas will host the Tulsa Oilers at 7:05 p.m. Thursday at Landon Arena.

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