Ross Colton scored twice and Ben Blacker made 29 saves Thursday in a 5-1 Cedar Rapids RoughRiders win against the Waterloo Black Hawks at Young Arena.
Cedar Rapids capitalized after a couple of first period miscues. Two Hawks collided, leading to the visitors’ first goal at 8:57 when Colton lifted a shot through traffic and under the crossbar. Not quite ten minutes later at 18:36, Waterloo worked the puck free deep in their own zone but could not get it out, and from behind the net Liam Walsh set up a Sam Sternschein goal from pointblank range.
The 2-0 count was maintained until the final three minutes of the second period. Nick Swaney recorded the lone Waterloo goal at 17:11, following a puck to the net and flipping it in after it popped out of Ben Blacker’s glove.
Colton answered back 17 seconds later, firing a shot from the left corner. The RoughRiders added another with six seconds left before intermission as Justin Cole redirected a power play chance. John DeRoche capped the scoring 1:54 into the third with an opportunity from close range.
The Hawks and RoughRiders meet for an almost-instant rematch in Cedar Rapids Saturday.
Cedar Rapids 2 2 1 – 5
Waterloo 0 1 0 – 1
1st Period-1, Cedar Rapids, Colton 8 (Snodgrass), 8:57. 2, Cedar Rapids, Sternschein 2 (Walsh, Ahcan), 18:36. Penalties-Davies Wat (hooking), 5:15.
2nd Period-3, Waterloo, Swaney 10 (Hein, Pecararo), 17:11. 4, Cedar Rapids, Colton 9 (McGing, Nemecek), 17:28. 5, Cedar Rapids, Cole 5 (Reinke, Brierley), 19:54 (PP). Penalties-Robbins Cr (roughing), 3:21; Pecararo Wat (roughing), 3:21; Schultz Wat (kneeing), 3:21; Colton Cr (kneeing), 12:30; Sternschein Cr (roughing), 19:07; Rossini Wat (roughing), 19:07; Robert Wat (cross checking), 19:19.
3rd Period-6, Cedar Rapids, DeRoche 2 (Burke, Filipe), 1:54. Penalties-Foley Cr (roughing), 2:28; Schultz Wat (slashing), 4:34.
Shots on Goal-Cedar Rapids 8-6-9-23. Waterloo 10-12-8-30.
Power Play Opportunities-Cedar Rapids 1 / 4; Waterloo 0 / 2.
Goalies-Cedar Rapids, Blacker 7-6-0-0 (30 shots-29 saves). Waterloo, Hotte 2-2-0-0 (23 shots-18 saves).
Referees-Korey Chipperfield (10), Walker Holton (19).
Linesmen-Riley Bowles (92), Ian McCambridge (94).