20 for 20 (Part 2)

20 for 20 (Part 2)

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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