The Cedar Rapids RoughRiders made the most of chances during and after power plays to outduel the Waterloo Black Hawks 4-1 at Cedar Rapids Ice Arena Friday.
Just seven seconds into an early first period power play, Cal Burke gave the RoughRiders a 1-0 lead. Burke scored on the rebound of a Ross Colton shot from the left point at 2:11. Moments after a second Cedar Rapids power play ended, Zac Robbins fed a pass from the bottom of the right circle to the top of the crease, where it was knocked in by Karch Bachman at 8:31, making the score 2-0, where it remained through intermission.
Cedar Rapids struck on special teams again at 6:44 of the second. Hugh McGing controlled the puck on the right boards, slinging a pass across the slot to Colton, who snapped a shot into the net from the left circle.
The only true even-strength goal of the matchup came at 2:50 of the third period when the RoughRiders John DeRoche came from behind the net to find a loose puck and swat it in from a sharp angle.
For the second time in two trips to Cedar Rapids this season, the Hawks broke up a Ben Blacker shutout bid with under a minute remaining in regulation. Ben Newhouse fired a chance from the high slot to the top corner with 51.2 seconds to go. Blacker finished with 29 saves.
The Black Hawks conclude the weekend with home games Saturday and Sunday against the Lincoln Stars and Sioux City Musketeers respectively. Saturday is Country Night, presented by K-98.5 FM, Continuous Country Favorites and Deringer’s Public Parlor in Cedar Falls. For tickets, call the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680 or visit waterlooblackhawks.com.
Waterloo 0 0 1 – 1
Cedar Rapids 2 1 1 – 4
1st Period-1, Cedar Rapids, Burke 8 (Colton), 2:11 (PP). 2, Cedar Rapids, Bachman 14 (Robbins, Zmolek), 8:31. Penalties-Robert Wat (checking from behind), 2:03; Rossini Wat (roughing), 6:25; Burke Cr (charging), 12:23.
2nd Period-3, Cedar Rapids, Colton 22 (McGing, Cole), 6:46 (PP). Penalties-Robert Wat (holding), 5:54; Wait Wat (holding), 16:41; Burke Cr (goalie interference), 19:53.
3rd Period-4, Cedar Rapids, DeRoche 4 (Cole, Tkachkov), 2:50. 5, Waterloo, Newhouse 3 (Davies, Swaney), 19:08 (PP). Penalties-Foley Cr (major-cross checking), 4:24; Colton Cr (holding), 18:48; Sternschein Cr (tripping), 18:48.
Shots on Goal-Waterloo 12-9-9-30. Cedar Rapids 13-12-6-31.
Power Play Opportunities-Waterloo 1 / 5; Cedar Rapids 2 / 4.
Goalies-Waterloo, Metcalf 10-14-1-1 (31 shots-27 saves). Cedar Rapids, Blacker 23-9-1-1 (30 shots-29 saves).
Referees-Chris Waterstradt (72).
Linesmen-Rhodes Dolan, Chris Long (79).