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January 8, 2007 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Cedar Rapids RoughRiders News Release


Tuesday, January 9, 7:35 @ Edge Ice Arena, Bensenville, Illinois

Cedar Rapids RoughRiders vs. Chicago Steel

Friday, January 12, 7:05PM @ Cedar Rapids Ice Arena

Chicago Steel vs. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders

Saturday, January 13, 7:05PM @ Cedar Rapids Ice Arena

Sioux City Musketeers vs. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders


Cedar Rapids

17-10-1, 35 points, 2nd place East Division


5-22-1, 11 points, 6th place East Division

Sioux City

21-7-0, 42 points, 1st place West Division


The RoughRiders claimed back-to-back road wins last weekend and have gone 4-1 in their last five games. The Riders routed Green Bay 8-4 last Friday and outlasted Indiana 4-3 in overtime one night later.

The RoughRiders trail the Waterloo Black Hawks by two points in the race for first place in the United States Hockey League's East Division. The Black Hawks have two games in hand on the Riders.

After scoring twelve times last weekend, the Riders are now averaging a league-best 4.2 goals per game. The Riders have scored at least four goals in four of their last five games.

Jacob Cepis (20-16-36) scored three goals last weekend. With a second period goal in last Saturday's game in Indianapolis Cepis became the first player in the USHL to reach 20 goals this season. In addition to leading the league in goals, Cepis is also tied for third in points.

Tomorrow night's game is the Riders' fourth in a row on the road. The Riders won consecutive away games last weekend after going winless (0-4-1) in their prior five road tilts.

The Riders start a six-game homestand- their longest of the season- Friday night. The Riders have won their last four home games.

Rider goaltender Kent Patterson has lost in regulation just once in his last seven appearances, going 4-1-1 with a 2.57 goals against average and a .926 save percentage during that stretch.

Former National Hockey League defenseman Steve Poapst replaced Chris Imes as head coach of the league cellar-dwelling Steel over the USHL's holiday break.

Chicago has lost five straight after winning on December 29 in Poapst's first game behind the bench. The Steel has gone 2-14-1 in its last 17 outings.

The Steel dropped a trio of games last week. Chicago fell 2-1 last Wednesday at Indiana, suffered a 3-1 loss to the Ice last Friday night at home and were handed a 5-2 defeat by Green Bay the following evening in Bensenville.

The Steel has given up twice as many goals (110) as it has scored (55). Chicago ranks eleventh in both goal scoring (1.96 per game) and goals allowed (3.93 per game).

The Steel has not been helped much by special teams. Chicago has the league's worst power play (10.2 percent) and second worst penalty kill (78.9 percent).

The Steel acquired goaltender Pat McGann and forward Andy Miele from the RoughRiders in a November trade that sent netminder Richard Bachman to Cedar Rapids. Miele has scored two goals and totaled six points in 15 games since the deal. McGann is still in search of his first win in a Steel uniform. McGann has gone 0-5-0 with Chicago while posting a 3.83 goals against average and a sterling .912 save percentage.

Sean Dolan (9-7-16), another former Rider, is tied with Mike Embach (7-9-16) for the team point-scoring lead.

The league-leading Musketeers rebounded from a 4-1 loss last Friday at Sioux Falls with a 7-1 drubbing of Omaha on home ice yesterday.

The Musketeers snapped a two-game losing streak with last Saturday's win. Sioux City has lost back-to-back games just twice all season.

The Musketeers ripped off eleven straight wins- the longest winning streak in the league this season- before this most recent pair of defeats.

The Musketeers lead Waterloo by five points in the race for first place overall. Sioux City is eight points ahead of Tri-City and Des Moines in the battle for the top spot in the West Division.

The Musketeers rank second in the league in both goals scored (4.0 per game) and goals allowed (2.6 per game). Sioux City has been especially stingy while shorthanded, killing off a league-best 86.8 percent of opponent's power plays this season.

The Musketeers' Phil DeSimone (12-30-42) leads the league in points and assists. DeSimone is the first player in the USHL to crack the 40-point barrier this season.

DeSimone is one of three Musketeers in the top ten in point scoring. Blake Martin (16-16-32) and Max Pacioretty (14-18-32) are tied for tenth.

Sioux City goaltender Jerry Kuhn leads the league in save percentage (.935), is tied for the lead in wins (15), ranks second in goals against average (2.29) and is tied for second in shutouts (2).

The Musketeers head into Saturday's game 10-0-0 against East Division opponents this season. Sioux City will open the weekend in Omaha Friday night.


Cedar Rapids

Friday, January 5: Cedar Rapids 8 Green Bay 4

Pat Cannone and Jacob Cepis scored two goals apiece to pace the Riders. Cedar Rapids scored seven straight goals in the second and third periods to turn a 2-1 deficit into an 8-2 lead.

Saturday, January 6: Cedar Rapids 4 Indiana 3 (OT)

Robin Bergman scored his second goal of the game at 1:14 of overtime to give the Riders the win. Jacob Cepis and Matt Tomassoni also scored for the Riders.


Wednesday, January 3: Indiana 2 Chicago 1

Sean Dolan's power play goal gave Chicago a 1-0 lead at 11:22 of the second period, but Indiana rebounded with back-to-back goals just minutes later to take the lead.

Friday, January 5: Indiana 3 Chicago 1

Andy Miele scored to tie the game at one early in the third period, but the Ice responded with two third period goals of its own.

Saturday, January 6: Green Bay 5 Chicago 2

Goals from Simon Olsson in the first period and Mike Sislo in the third period were not enough for the Steel as Green Bay put the game away with three third period goals.

Sioux City

Friday, January 5: Sioux Falls 4 Sioux City 1

The Musketeers never recovered after surrendering three first period goals. Joe Sova scored Sioux City's lone goal at 14:26 of the second period.

Sunday, January 7: Sioux City 7 Omaha 1

The Musketeers scored five first period goals and rolled to the win. Andrew Rowe and Blake Martin paced the Sioux City attack with two goals apiece.


Cedar Rapids GP G A PTS

Jacob Cepis 27 20 16 36

Pat Cannone 28 11 17 28

Robin Bergman 20 13 11 24

Kevin Wehrs 28 5 16 21

Evan Stephens 28 4 17 21

Chicago GP G A PTS

Sean Dolan 27 9 7 16

Mike Embach 27 7 9 16

Dan Lawson 28 6 6 12

Tim Buttery 28 0 11 11

Luka Vidmar 25 2 8 10

Sioux City GP G A PTS

Phil DeSimone 28 12 30 42

Max Pacioretty 28 14 19 33

Blake Martin 27 16 16 32

Dustin Gazley 28 15 11 26

Anthony Maiani 27 6 16 22


Cedar Rapids

Goals- Jacob Cepis (20)

Assists- Pat Cannone, Evan Stephens (17)

Points- Jacob Cepis (36)

Plus/Minus- Rob Bordson, Evan Stephens (+11)

Penalty Minutes- Kevin Wehrs (69)

Power Play Goals- Robin Bergman (7)

Shorthanded Goals- Aaron Bogosian (2)


Goals- Sean Dolan (9)

Assists- Tim Buttery (11)

Points- Sean Dolan, Mike Embach (16)

Plus/Minus- Simon Olsson (+2)

Penalty Minutes- Mike Embach (75)

Power Play Goals- Sean Dolan, Dan Lawson (4)

Shorthanded Goals- Brian Keane, Tyler Murovich (1)

Sioux City

Goals- Blake Martin (16)

Assists- Phil DeSimone (30)

Points- Phil DeSimone (42)

Plus/Minus- Anthony Maiani (+20)

Penalty Minutes- Tyler Pederson (81)

Power Play Goals- Blake Martin (6)

Shorthanded Goals- Mike Beck, Blake Martin (2)


Cedar Rapids

Robin Bergman: three goals in two games last weekend...ten points (five goals, five assists) in his last eight games.

Pat Cannone: five-game point-scoring streak (three goals, four assists)

Jacob Cepis: three goals in two games last weekend...five goals (and one assist) in his last five games

Evan Stephens: six points (one goal, five assists) in his last five games

Scott Wietecha: four-game point-scoring streak (four goals, two assists)

Tommy Wingels: four points (three goals, one assist) in his last four games


Sean Dolan: five points (three goals, two assists) in his last seven games

Dan Lawson: three points (one goal, two assists) in his last two games

Luka Vidmar: four assists in his last three games

Sioux City

Mike Beck: seven assists in his last seven games

Phil DeSimone: eight points (two goals, six assists) in his last six games...nineteen points (three goals, sixteen

assists) in his last 12 games

Dustin Gazely: 19 points (12 goals, seven assists) in his last 15 games

Blake Martin: six points (three goals, three assists) in his last five games

Andrew Rowe: four points (three goals, one assist) in his last four games



Kent Patterson 15 854:54 3.02 10-3-1 0 .907

Richard Bachman 8 476:21 3.78 4-4-0 0 .884


Rob Madore 18 1019:40 3.41 3-12-1 1 .901

Pat McGann 5 297:30 3.83 0-5-0 0 .912


Jerry Kuhn 21 1229:52 2.29 15-6-0 2 .935

Josh Robinson 8 399:11 3.16 6-0-0 0 .897


Cedar Rapids Chicago Sioux City

Home: 8-5-0 Home: 3-9-1 Home: 12-3-0

Away: 9-5-1 Away: 2-13-0 Away: 9-4-0

vs. East: 13-4-0 vs. East: 4-13-1 vs. East: 10-0-0

vs. West: 4-6-1 vs. West: 1-9-0 vs. West: 11-7-0


Cedar Rapids Chicago Sioux City

Goals For: 4.18 (1) Goals For: 1.96 (11) Goals For: 3.96 (2)

Goals Against: 3.50 (8) Goals Against: 3.93 (11) Goals Against: 2.61 (2)


Cedar Rapids Chicago

Power Play: 18.2 38/209 (6) Power Play: 10.2 17/166 (12)

Penalty Kill: 81.7 31/169 (10) Penalty Kill: 78.9 40/190 (11)

Shorthanded Goals For: 8 Shorthanded Goals For: 2

Shorthanded Goals Against: 4 Shorthanded Goals Against: 8

Sioux City

Power Play: 16.7 30/180 (7)

Penalty Kill: 86.8 25/190 (1)

Shorthanded Goals For: 6

Shorthanded Goals Against: 2


Cedar Rapids vs. Chicago

10/13/06 Cedar Rapids 10 at Chicago 3

10/14/06 at Cedar Rapids 6 Chicago 2

12/2/06 at Cedar Rapids 3 Chicago 1

1/9/07 Cedar Rapids at Chicago

1/12/07 Chicago at Cedar Rapids

3/20/07 Cedar Rapids at Chicago

4/3/07 Cedar Rapids at Chicago


2006-07 3 3-0-0 6 2-0-0 1-0-0 0-3-0 0

All-Time 42 28-12-2 58 15-7-0 13-5-2 14-26-2 30

Cedar Rapids vs. Sioux City

12/17/06 at Sioux City 4 Cedar Rapids 0

1/13/07 Sioux City at Cedar Rapids

2/24/07 Cedar Rapids at Sioux City

3/14/07 Sioux City at Cedar Rapids


2006-07 1 0-1-0 2 0-0-0 0-1-0 1-0-0 2

All-Time 34 14-17-3 31 10-5-2 4-12-1 20-13-0 40

Top Point Scorers/Season Series

Cedar Rapids vs. Chicago

Cedar Rapids GP G A PTS

Jacob Cepis 3 5 2 7

Rob Bordson 2 1 4 5

(two players tied with four points)

Chicago GP G A PTS

Sean Dolan 3 2 0 2

Mike Embach 2 0 2 2

(ten players tied with one point)

Cedar Rapids vs. Sioux City

Cedar Rapids GP G A PTS

(all players tied with zero points)

Sioux City GP G A PTS

(four players tied with two points)

Goaltenders/Season Series

Cedar Rapids vs. Chicago


Kent Patterson 2 120:00 2.00 2-0-0 0 .929

Pat McGann 1 60:00 2.00 1-0-0 0 .939


Richard Bachman 2 61:24 9.77 0-2-0 0 .792

Rob Madore 2 58:36 6.14 0-0-0 0 .870

Pat McGann 1 60:00 3.00 0-1-1 0 .935

Cedar Rapids vs. Sioux City


Kent Patterson 1 60:00 4.00 0-1-0 0 .920


Jerry Kuhn 1 60:00 0.00 1-0-0 0 1.000


Cedar Rapids

Mark Carlson, 8th year (235-169-39)

Mark Carlson has been the RoughRiders' coach since the team arrived in Cedar Rapids in 1999. In 2005-06 he led the Riders to their second straight East Division title.

He has also piloted the Riders to six straight winning seasons and six straight Clark Cup playoff berths. The Riders are one of just two USHL teams to have reached the postseason each of the last six years.

The Riders are the only team to have advanced at least as far as the Clark Cup semi-finals/East Division finals each of the last two springs and four of the last five years. On December 3, 2005 Carlson picked up his two hundredth career coaching win as the Riders defeated Omaha 2-1 in a shootout. Carlson's RoughRiders went 218-159-38 in his first seven seasons with the club.

The high point of his tenure was leading the RoughRiders to the first Clark Cup (playoff) title in team history along with a share of the Anderson Cup regular season title and the East Division title in 2004-05. The Riders went 42-13-5 during the regular season- the best record in club history- and swept through the first two rounds of the playoffs before defeating Sioux City three games to two in the finals. For his efforts, Carlson was named the 2004-05 USHL Coach of the Year.

Carlson, a native of Lawrenceville, New Jersey, is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell where he earned a B.S. in Business Administration and Marketing. Also while at Lowell, Carlson skated in the highly competitive Hockey East conference as a forward on the River Hawks' hockey team. His on-ice talent was recognized even before he arrived in Lowell when he was taken in the 1987 National Hockey League draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

After graduating from UML, Carlson spent one season as an assistant coach at Lawrenceville School before returning to Lowell to serve as an assistant to head coach Bruce Crowder. After helping the River Hawks to a berth in the 1996 NCAA tournament, Carlson spent another three seasons beside Crowder as an assistant at Northeastern University in Boston, where he also acted as recruiting coordinator. He earned a master's degree in education from N.U.

During his time at N.U. Carlson also acted as recruiting coordinator. Among those he recruited for the Huskies were Jim Fahey, who now skates for the National Hockey League's San Jose Sharks, and Mike Ryan, who would later be the top draft pick of the NHL's Dallas Stars.


Steve Poapst, 1st year (1-5-0)

Steve Poapst replaced Chris Imes as Steel head coach on December 26, 2006. Poapst spent eight seasons in the National Hockey League as defenseman. He played a total of 307 NHL games for four teams- the Washington Capitals, Chicago Black Hawks, Pittsburgh Penguins and St. Louis Blues.

The Cornwall, Ontario, native played college hockey at Colgate from 1987 through 1991.

Sioux City

Dave Siciliano, 14th year (477-198-46); 7th year Sioux City (228-121-36)

Dave Siciliano is the second winningest coach in USHL history. The Musketeers finished with a winning record in each of his first six seasons with the club. He has twice piloted the Muskies to the Clark Cup finals, falling to the Riders in 2005 and winning the title in 2002.

Siciliano spent seven highly successful years behind the bench of the now defunct Thunder Bay Flyers from 1986 through 1993. He led the Flyers to both the Clark Cup and Anderson Cup (regular season title) in 1988 and again in 1989 and to another pair of Anderson Cups in 1991 and 1992. The Thunder Bay native was named USHL Coach of the Year in 1987, 1989 and 1991.

Prior to returning to the USHL with Musketeers in 2000, Siciliano spent two years behind the bench of the Ontario Hockey League's Owen Sound Platers.


In the wake of last Saturday's win over the Ice, the Riders are now 8-0-0 all-time in regular season games in Indiana.

Last season was the Riders' third straight 30-win campaign and also the fifth time in the last six years that the Riders have picked up at least 30 victories.

The Riders went 42-13-5 on the road over the last two seasons combined. The Riders' road record was superior to their home record both last season season and in 2004-05.

The Riders are, along with the Omaha Lancers, one of just two teams who have reached the playoffs each of the last six years. As all 12 USHL teams will qualify for the postseason this year, that streak will be stretch to seven consecutive playoff berths in April.

The Riders are the only USHL team to advance at least as far as the division finals each of the last two years. Furthermore, Cedar Rapids is also the only team to reach the league's final four in four of the last five years. Only one team (Sioux City) has even reached the second round three times in the last five years.

This is the Steel's fifth season in Chicago. The club moved from North Dakota in 2000 after spending four years as the Fargo-Moorhead Ice Sharks.

Sioux City's 2002 Clark Cup title was the third in club history. The Musketeers won the Anderson and Clark Cups in both 1982 and 1986.


Cedar Rapids (11)

Richard Bachman (Colorado College), Robin Bergman (Notre Dame), David Boehm (Massachusetts), Rob Bordson (Minnesota-Duluth), Jacob Cepis (Bowling Green), Brett Dickinson (Quinnipiac), Evan Stephens (Dartmouth), Matt Tomassoni (Miami of Ohio), Kevin Wehrs (Minnesota), Scott Wietecha (Ferris State), Tommy Wingels (Miami of Ohio)

Chicago (7)

Matt Godlewski (Princeton), Mike Janda (Rochester Institute of Technology), Brian Keane (Massachusetts), Dan Lawson (Vermont), Andy Miele (Miami of Ohio), Tyler Murovich (Western Michigan), Chris Spicer (Connecticut)

Sioux City (8)

Mike Beck (New Hampshire), Phil DeSimone (New Hampshire), Dustin Gazley (Michigan State), Blake Martin (Nebraska-Omaha), Kyle Medvec (Vermont), Travis Oleksuk (Minnesota-Duluth), Max Pacioretty (Michigan), Andrew Rowe (Michigan State)


Cedar Rapids Year Round Overall Team

Sergei Kolosov 2004 5th 151 Detroit

Richard Bachman 2006 4th 120 Dallas

Chicago Year Round Overall Team

Pat McGann 2005 7th 223 Dallas

Sioux City Year Round Overall Team

Kyle Medvec 2006 4th 102 Minnesota


Division I GP G A PTS

Justin Abdelkader (Michigan State/sophomore) 17 5 8 13

Phil Axtell (Michigan Tech/freshman) 21 2 5 7

Casey Bickley (Army/senior) 19 5 10 15

James Brannigan (Colorado College/junior) 15 0 4 4

Jamie Carroll (Providence/senior) 16 3 1 4

Greg Collins (New Hampshire/sophomore) 14 1 2 3

Chad Costello (Northeastern/freshman) 18 6 7 13

Ray Eichenlaub (Miami of Ohio/sophomore) 24 3 10 13

Jon Grabarek (Wayne State/sophomore) 12 0 3 3

Jordy Hart (Merrimack/junior) 11 1 0 1

Bryan Horan (Providence/senior) 17 1 2 3

Tyler Howells (Michigan State/senior) 21 1 11 12

Ray Kaunisto (Northern Michigan/freshman) 23 1 0 1

Steven Kaunisto (Lake Superior State/freshman) 21 1 4 5

Billy Loupee (Miami of Ohio/sophomore) 19 1 2 3

Shane Lovdahl (Alaska-Anchorage/sophomore) 18 0 4 4

Alec Martinez (Miami of Ohio/sophomore) 24 8 10 18

Zach Miskovic (St. Lawrence/sophomore) 19 2 4 6

Sean Muncy (Brown/sophomore) 15 5 5 10

Brandon Naurato (Michigan/sophomore) 20 6 3 9

Matt Olinger (Wisconsin/senior) 22 0 0 0

Zach Pearson (Ferris State/senior) 19 5 10 15

Derek Peltier (Minnesota/junior) 23 2 2 4

Nate Perkovich (Lake Superior State/freshman) 22 10 4 14

Jordan Pietrus (Brown/freshman) 8 0 2 2

Ted Purcell (Maine/freshman) 19 12 16 28

Nick Sellers (Lake Superior State/freshman) 12 2 1 3

Chris Snavely (Michigan State/senior) 9 0 1 1

Gary Steffes (Miami of Ohio/freshman) 24 5 1 6

David Strathman (Northeastern/freshman) 19 2 2 4


Brandon Svendsen (Bowling Green/sophomore) 22 3 5 8

Shawn Vinz (New Hampshire/senior) 19 3 0 3

Matt Vokes (Brown/sophomore) 15 6 6 12

Chase Watson (Providence/senior) 13 1 1 2

Mark Zarbo (Bentley/freshman) 19 1 4 5


Joe Fallon (Vermont/junior) 18 10-7-1 1.65 .929 4

Bobby Goepfert (St. Cloud State/senior) 16 10-3-3 2.27 .925 1

Alex Stalock (Minnesota-Duluth/freshman) 19 5-11-3 3.14 .88 1

Dan Tormey (Minnesota State-Mankato/sophomore) 10 2-7-0 4.28 .856 0

Division III GP G A PTS

Brett Beckfeld (Wisconsin-Stevens Point/sophomore) 13 6 5 11

T.J. Dahl (Wisconsin-River Falls/junior) 15 9 21 30

Professional GP G A PTS +/-

P.J. Atherton (Johnstown/ECHL) 31 4 18 22 -8

Rico Fatticci (Tulsa/CHL) 24 2 9 11 +6

Mike Manley (Trenton/ECHL) 24 1 2 3 -7

Dave Moss (Calgary/NHL) 8 4 0 4 +2

Danny O'Brien (Fresno/ECHL) 1 0 0 0 0

Alexander Valentin (Kalamazoo/UHL) 31 1 4 5 -6


Dave Moss, the first RoughRider alumnus to reach the National Hockey League, continues to impress for the Calgary Flames. Moss scored his fourth goal in eight NHL games last Thursday against the Florida Panthers. Moss's goal tied the game at four with just 1:38 left in regulation and the Flames went on to win 5-4 in overtime. The Flames are back in action tomorrow night against the Minnesota Wild.

Justin Abdelkader helped Team USA to a bronze medal at the World Junior Championship in Mora and Leksand, Sweden. The U.S. defeated Sweden 2-1 last Friday in the bronze medal game.


The RoughRiders released forward Derek Danowski last week.


Fans can enjoy significant discounts on selected beverages this Friday as the RoughRiders host Chicago.


The RoughRiders are again this season offering the Flex Plan, which enables fans to purchase books of ten ticket vouchers that can be redeemed in any quantity for any regular season home game during normal box office hours. Fans who purchase the flex plan receive a significant discount ($21 off game day ticket prices) by investing in bulk tickets and can still enjoy the games of their choice in the seats they want.

Single game tickets are now on sale. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena ticket office, over the phone at (319) 261-4625 or on line at The ticket office is open from noon to 5:00PM on weekdays and from noon through the end of the second period on game days. Ticket prices range from $7 to $17 in advance and from $8 to $18 on game days.


RoughRiders regular season and playoff games are broadcast on AM-1360 The Fan in Cedar Rapids. Courtesy of B2 Networks, free audio webcasts of Riders games will also be available at Brian Lavelle provides play-by-play.

The RoughRiders and B2 have also teamed up to offer pay-per-view video webcasts of all RoughRiders games. Fans can click on the "Watch RoughRiders' Games Live" icon at to watch and listen to the game. The broadcast is available to fans with a high speed DSL or cable modem internet connection. The charge for video webcasts is $6 per game.

Real time updates of all USHL games are available on line at

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