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Tarantulas fall to Thunder in opener

October 23, 2004 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Topeka Tarantulas News Release

Central Hockey League action returned to the city of Topeka tonight, but not how the fans wanted to see it end up.

The Wichita Thunder came out of the gates strong and never let up on a Tarantulas squad that is still feeling each other out, defeating the eight-leggers 2-0.

Thunder forward Scott Allison opened the scoring at 3:14 of the first period, putting a shot past Topeka goalie David St. Germain, causing a roar out of the Wichita fans who made the trip down the turnpike.

"They attacked us early last weekend and they did it again tonight," said St. Germain.

Allison would light the lamp again 2:26 into the third, on a power play goal assisted by Wichita veterans Travis Clayton and Jason Duda. The goal deflated the opening night crowd of 5,067.

St. Germain stopped 31 out of 33 shots, while Wichita goaltender Jamie Vandespyker stopped 27 Tarantula shots to earn the first shutout of his career.

The Tarantulas take to the ice again at 7:35 p.m. Saturday night at Landon Arena.

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