In celebration of Young Arena’s 20th Anniversary, the Where Are They Now staff is counting down Young Arena’s 20 Greatest Moments. In this edition, we cover #17 through #15. Find the next three memorable moments in the December edition of theOne-Timer Digest available from the Express Employment Professionals Fan Service Table during Black Hawks home games.
#17 – March 6 & 7, 1998
The NCAA Division III wrestling championships came to Young Arena along with thousands of fans. Attendance for the two-day event came in at 9,308, reported to be a record at that time for the Division III level.
The event was hosted by Upper Iowa University, but a different local team came up just short: the Wartburg Knights finished second to Augsburg. The weekend highlight for Knights fans was Ben Shane winning the 142 pound bracket.
#16 – November 27, 1997
The first Thanksgiving hockey game at Young Arena was a perfect night for Phil Osaer. Waterloo’s goalie stopped all 32 shots he faced from P.K. O’Handley’s North Iowa Huskies, including 15 during the third period. Matt Chandler recorded a goal and an assist in the 4-0 Hawks victory.
The traditional holiday game was not scheduled during the first two Novembers that the rink was open.
#15 – May 5, 2007
During nearly a decade of grudge matches between the Black Hawks and Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, the two clubs had never met during the postseason. That changed with a winner-take-all game for berth into the 2007 USHL Final Four on the line.
Blake Kessel, Paul Weisgarber, and James Marcou scored in the first period, setting the Hawks off toward a 6-0 thrashing of their archrivals. Matt DiGirolamo stopped all 30 RoughRider shots in the shutout.
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