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Cedar Rapids RoughRiders Weekly Update

February 12, 2007 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Cedar Rapids RoughRiders News Release

THIS WEEK

Tuesday, February 13, 7:05PM @ State Fair Coliseum, Lincoln, Nebraska

Cedar Rapids RoughRiders vs. Lincoln Stars

Friday, February 16, 7:05PM @ Cedar Rapids Ice Arena

Des Moines Buccaneers vs. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders

Saturday, February 17, 7:05PM @ Cedar Rapids Ice Arena

Omaha Lancers vs. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders

RECORDS

Cedar Rapids

24-13-2, 50 points, 2nd place East Division

Lincoln

22-14-3, 47 points, tied 4th place West Division

Des Moines

21-12-5, 47 points, tied 4th place West Division

Omaha

25-13-2, 52 points, 1st place West Division

COMING IN

The RoughRiders split a two-game series in Indianapolis last weekend. The Riders fell 6-3 last Friday but rebounded for a 4-3 shootout win last Saturday.

The Riders are now three points behind Waterloo in the race for the top spot in the United States Hockey League's East Division. The Black Hawks have a game in hand on the Riders.

The Riders are the top scoring team in the USHL. Cedar Rapids averages 4.2 goals per game.

Jacob Cepis (26-28-54) remains the league leader in goals and is tied for the lead in points. He is also tied for tenth in assists.

Rider goaltender Kent Patterson has gone 9-2-1 in his last 13 games, posting a 2.84 goals against average, a .921 save percentage and one shutout during that stretch.

The Riders will play their third road game in five days Tuesday in Lincoln after having gone 4-1-1 in their last six away games.

The Stars endured a bipolar weekend, scoring a 6-3 win over the Tri-City Storm last Friday before being drubbed 10-1 last Saturday at Sioux City.

Only the Riders have scored more goals than the Stars, who average four per game. Lincoln gives up 3.5 goals per game, third most in the league.

Lincoln's Jared Brown (20-30-50) is riding a 13-game point scoring streak- the longest streak in the league this season. Brown ranks fourth in the league in points, is tied for fifth in goals and tied for sixth in assists.

The Stars' Carter Camper (14-31-45) ranks fifth in assists and is tied for eighth in points.

Lincoln's Colby Cohen (11-25-36) and Chad Langlais (4-30-34) rank first and second among USHL defensemen in points.

Workhorse goaltender Bryan Hogan ranks second in the league in wins (19) and third in minutes played (1848:27).

A 4-2 loss to Sioux Falls last Saturday ended the Buccaneers' four game winning streak. The Bucs opened the weekend with a 6-2 win over Chicago last Friday.

The Bucs have gone 14-12-5 over their last 31 games after starting the season with seven straight wins.

Four Bucs rank among the USHL's top ten point scorers. Richard Purslow (18-36-54) is tied with Cepis for the league lead in points, while Ben Ryan (13-36-49) and Matt Read (23-26-49) are tied for fifth and Aaron Palushaj (15-30-45) is tied for eighth. Read leads the league in power play goals (15) and ranks second in total goals while Ryan and Purslow are tied for second in assists.

Des Moines goaltender Matt Dalton leads the league in wins (20) and shutouts (4) and ranks second in minutes played (1930:28).

The Bucs boast the league's best power play (25.1 percent) and have scored the majority of their goals- 73 of 145- on the man advantage.

The Lancers have won nine straight games to take over the West Division lead. Omaha scored a pair of one goal wins last week. The Lancers downed Waterloo 2-1 last Tuesday and edged Tri-City 5-4 in overtime last Saturday.

The Lancers have gone 16-2-0 in their last 18 games after going 9-11-2 in their first 22 outings.

The start of Omaha's turnaround coincided with the December 10 acquisition of goaltender Drew Palmisano from the Ohio Junior Blue Jackets. Since joining the Lancers, Palmisano has gone 12-2-0 with a 2.25 goals against average and a .922 save percentage.

Mark Olver (18-20-38) is the Lancers' top point producer.

LAST WEEK

Cedar Rapids

Friday, February 9: Indiana 6 Cedar Rapids 3

Goals early in the second period from Kevin Wehrs and Danny Dries gave the Riders a 2-1 lead but the Ice bounced back with three straight goals to take control of the game. Jacob Cepis' third period power play goal cut the Indiana lead to 4-3, but the Ice put the Riders away with two late goals.

Saturday, February 10: Cedar Rapids 4 Indiana 3 (SO)

Pat Cannone scored two goals and picked up one assist in regulation and Jacob Cepis and Robin Bergman converted penalty shots as the Riders won the shootout 2-0 after a 3-3 tie. Rider goaltender Kent Patterson made 35 saves in regulation and overtime.

Lincoln

Friday, February 9: Lincoln 6 Tri-City 3

Brandon Bollig scored two goals while Jared Brown, Jason Gregoire and Carter Camper both notched one goal and one assist as the Stars rode a balanced attack to the win.

Saturday, February 10: Sioux City 10 Lincoln 1

The Stars surrendered ten straight goals- eight in the first period- before Danny Baco scored the lone Lincoln goal late in the second period.

Des Moines

Friday, February 9: Des Moines 6 Chicago 2

Richard Purslow (two goals and one assist) and Aaron Palushaj (one goal and two assists) both collected three points as the Buccaneers jumped out to a 4-0 lead and never looked back.

Saturday, February 10: Sioux Falls 4 Des Moines 2

The Buccaneers surrendered three third period goals after taking a 2-1 lead on goals from Ben Ryan and Matt Read.

Omaha

Tuesday, February 6: Omaha 2 Waterloo 1

Second period goals from Patrick Schafer and Nick Petrecki propelled the Lancers to the win.

Saturday, February 10: Omaha 5 Tri-City 4 (OT)

Mark Olver, who had two goals and one assist on the night, scored the game winner at 2:54 of overtime.

TOP POINT SCORERS

Cedar Rapids GP G A PTS

Jacob Cepis 38 26 28 54

Pat Cannone 38 14 23 37

Kevin Wehrs 39 8 24 32

Robin Bergman 31 17 14 31

Rob Bordson 31 6 23 29

Lincoln GP G A PTS

Jared Brown 39 20 30 50

Carter Camper 37 14 31 45

Stephen Schultz 36 18 19 37

Colby Cohen 32 11 25 36

Chad Langlais 32 4 30 34

Des Moines GP G A PTS

Richard Purslow 38 18 36 54

Matt Read 37 23 26 49

Ben Ryan 38 13 36 49

Aaron Palushaj 34 15 30 45

Andrew Olson 38 12 19 31

Omaha GP G A PTS

Mark Olver 37 18 20 38

Jarmo Jokila 38 15 12 27

Andrew Conboy 36 12 14 26

Brett Bruneteau 35 9 17 26

Patrick Schafer 38 11 11 22

LEADERS

Cedar Rapids

Goals- Jacob Cepis (26)

Assists- Jacob Cepis (28)

Points- Jacob Cepis (54)

Plus/Minus- Pat Cannone (+14)

Penalty Minutes- Kevin Wehrs (91)

Power Play Goals- Robin Bergman (11)

Shorthanded Goals- Aaron Bogosian, Pat Cannone (2)

Lincoln

Goals- Jared Brown (20)

Assists- Carter Camper (31)

Points- Jared Brown (50)

Plus/Minus- Ross Henry (+15)

Penalty Minutes- Brandon Bollig (140)

Power Play Goals- Jared Brown, Carter Camper (8)

Shorthanded Goals- Jared Brown (3)

Des Moines

Goals- Matt Read (23)

Assists- Richard Purslow, Ben Ryan (36)

Points- Richard Purslow (54)

Plus/Minus- Aaron Palushaj, Bobby Reiners (+7)

Penalty Minutes- Kyle Bailey (100)

Power Play Goals- Matt Read (15)

Shorthanded Goals- Matt Read, Derek Elliot (1)

Omaha

Goals- Mark Olver (18)

Assists- Mark Olver (20)

Points- Mark Olver (38)

Plus/Minus- Keir Ross (+19)

Penalty Minutes- Nick Petrecki (127)

Power Play Goals- Robby Dee (7)

Shorthanded Goals- Jarmo Jokila (3)

WHO'S HOT

Cedar Rapids

Rob Bordson: five-game point-scoring streak (3-4-7) ended last Saturday

Pat Cannone: four-game point-scoring streak (2-5-7)

Jacob Cepis: five-game point-scoring streak (2-5-7)...21 points (nine goals, 12 assists) in his last 13 games

Mike Seidel: four-game point-scoring streak (3-5-8)

Kevin Wehrs: five points (one goal, four assists) in his last three games

Kent Patterson: 9-2-1 with a 2.84 goals against average, a .921 save percentage and one shutout in his last 13 games

Lincoln

Jared Brown: 13-game point-scoring streak (13-11-24)

Carter Camper: 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in his last nine games

Kyle Follmer: 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in his last ten games

Jason Gregoire: seven-game point-scoring streak (7-5-12) ended last Saturday

Des Moines

Chris Knowlton: four-game point-scoring streak (1-3-4)

Aaron Pajushaj: five-game point-scoring streak (1-7-8)

Jeff Petry: eleven points (two goals, nine assists) in his last nine games

Richard Purslow: pointless last Saturday after recording three points in each of his prior four games (5-7-12)...19

points (eight goals, 11 assists) in his last 11 games

Matt Read: four-game point-scoring streak (5-3-8)...12 points (six goals, six assists) in his last seven games

Ben Ryan: six-game point-scoring streak (4-4-8)...points in 12 of his last 13 games (6-13-19)

Omaha

Jack Downing: seven points (four goals, three assists) in his last seven games

Mark Olver: eight-game point-scoring streak (7-8-15)

Nick Petrecki: five points (two goals, three assists) in his last five games

Patrick Schafer: four-game point-scoring streak (3-4-7)

Matt Thurber: 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in his last nine games

Drew Palmisano: five-game winning streak (2.20, .915)

Michael Valent: four-game winning streak (2.22, .931, 1SO)

GOALTENDERS

Cedar Rapids GP MIN GAA W-L-SOL SO SPCT

Kent Patterson 21 1222:28 3.04 15-4-1 1 .910

Richard Bachman 13 781:13 3.53 6-6-1 1 .894

Lincoln GP MIN GAA W-L-SOL SO SPCT

Bryan Hogan 33 1848:27 3.28 19-10-3 0 .881

Bryce Christianson 6 254:13 2.36 3-0-0 1 .909

Des Moines GP MIN GAA W-L-SOL SO SPCT

Matt Dalton 34 1930:28 2.77 20-9-4 4 .909

Stephen Ritter 4 157:55 4.56 0-1-1 0 .855

Omaha GP MIN GAA W-L-SOL SO SPCT

Drew Palmisano 14 799:41 2.25 12-2-0 0 .922

Michal Valent 4 243:29 2.22 4-0-0 1 .931

WIN-LOSS

Cedar Rapids Lincoln Des Moines Omaha

Home: 13-7-0 Home: 10-6-2 Home: 13-7-1 Home: 13-6-1

Away: 11-6-2 Away: 12-8-1 Away: 8-5-4 Away: 12-7-1

vs. East: 19-5-0 vs. East: 10-5-1 vs. East: 10-5-1 vs. East: 14-1-0

vs. West: 5-8-2 vs. West: 12-9-2 vs. West: 11-7-4 vs. West: 11-12-2

GOALS

Cedar Rapids Lincoln Des Moines Omaha

Goals For: 4.15 (1) Goals For: 4.00 (8) Goals For: 3.82 (3) Goals For: 3.45 (6)

Goals Against: 3.46 (9) Goals Against: 3.51 (10) Goals Against: 3.29 (6) Goals Against: 3.20 (5)

SPECIAL TEAMS

Cedar Rapids Lincoln

Power Play: 19.2 56/292 (3) Power Play: 20.7 62/300 (2)

Penalty Kill: 82.7 39/225 (9) Penalty Kill: 84.3 42/268 (5)

Shorthanded Goals For: 9 Shorthanded Goals For: 10

Shorthanded Goals Against: 5 Shorthanded Goals Against: 13

Des Moines Omaha

Power Play: 25.1 73/291 (1) Power Play: 13.9 41/295 (9)

Penalty Kill: 83.1 51/301 (7) Penalty Kill: 80.4 57/291 (11)

Shorthanded Goals For: 2 Shorthanded Goals For: 9

Shorthanded Goals Against: 7 Shorthanded Goals Against: 3

SEASON SERIES

Cedar Rapids vs. Lincoln

11/4/06 Lincoln 7 at Cedar Rapids 5

12/8/06 at Lincoln 7 Cedar Rapids 3

12/9/06 at Cedar Rapids 3 Lincoln 2

2/13/07 Cedar Rapids at Lincoln

GP W-L-SOL PTS H A OPP REC OPP PTS

2006-07 3 1-2-0 2 1-1-0 0-1-0 2-1-0 4

All-Time 34 12-16-6 30 6-9-2 6-7-4 22-8-4 48

Cedar Rapids vs. Des Moines

10/27/06 at Des Moines 7 Cedar Rapids 6

10/28/06 at Cedar Rapids 8 Des Moines 3

2/2/07 at Des Moines 5 Cedar Rapids 4 (SO)

2/16/07 Des Moines at Cedar Rapids

GP W-L-SOL PTS H A OPP REC OPP PTS

2006-07 3 1-1-1 3 1-0-0 0-1-1 2-1-0 4

All-Time 42 27-11-4 58 12-7-1 15-4-3 15-19-8 38

Cedar Rapids vs. Omaha

1/26/07 Omaha 4 at Cedar Rapids 1 3/2/07 Cedar Rapids at Omaha

2/17/07 Omaha at Cedar Rapids 3/16/07 Cedar Rapids at Omaha

GP W-L-SOL PTS H A OPP REC OPP PTS

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

All-Time 32 11-18-3 25 6-8-3 5-10-0 21-7-4 46

Top Point Scorers/Season Series

Cedar Rapids vs. Lincoln

Cedar Rapids GP G A PTS

Pat Cannone 3 2 3 5

Robin Bergman 2 1 4 5

(three players tied with three points)

Lincoln GP G A PTS

Carter Camper 3 4 4 8

Stephen Schultz 3 3 3 6

Colby Cohen 2 3 3 6

Cedar Rapids vs. Des Moines

Cedar Rapids GP G A PTS

Jacob Cepis 3 2 4 6

(four players tied with five points)

Des Moines GP G A PTS

Richard Purslow 3 1 8 9

Matt Read 3 3 3 6

Ben Ryan 3 1 5 6

Cedar Rapids vs. Omaha

Cedar Rapids GP G A PTS

Rob Bordson 1 1 0 1

Ian Slater 1 0 1 1

Evan Stephens 1 0 1 1

Omaha GP G A PTS

Mark Olver 1 1 1 2

Corey Toy 1 0 2 2

(four players tied with four points)

Goaltenders/Season Series

Cedar Rapids vs. Lincoln

Cedar Rapids GP MIN GAA W-L-SOL SO SPCT

Kent Patterson 3 126:05 4.28 1-1-0 0 .893

Richard Bachman 1 52:02 8.07 0-1-0 0 .825

Lincoln GP MIN GAA W-L-SOL SO SPCT

Bryan Hogan 2 114:00 4.21 2-0-0 0 .879

Jon Morrow 2 64:08 2.81 0-1-0 0 .909

Cedar Rapids vs. Des Moines

Cedar Rapids GP MIN GAA W-L-SOL SO SPCT

Kent Patterson 1 60 3.00 1-0-0 0 .889

Pat McGann 1 58:34 7.17 0-1-0 0 .837

Richard Bachman 1 65 3.69 0-0-1 0 .897

Des Moines GP MIN GAA W-L-SOL SO SPCT

Matt Dalton 3 178:30 5.04 2-1-0 0 .876

Bryan Mountain 1 6:30 27.69 0-0-0 0 .625

Cedar Rapids vs. Omaha

Cedar Rapids GP MIN GAA W-L-SOL SO SPCT

Kent Patterson 1 57:34 4.17 0-1-0 0 .897

Omaha GP MIN GAA W-L-SOL SO SPCT

Drew Palmisano 1 60 1.00 1-0-0 0 .970

COACHES

Cedar Rapids

Mark Carlson, 8th year (242-172-40)

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.

Lincoln

Steve Johnson, 11th year (418-193-41); 10th year Lincoln (389-176-46)

Steve Johnson has been Lincoln's coach since the club's inception in 1996-97. Prior to taking over in Lincoln, Johnson spent the 1995-96 campaign behind the bench of the now defunct Fargo-Moorhead Bears. He piloted the Bears to a 27-18-1 record in their only season in the league.

Johnson has been named USHL Coach of the Year three times (1995-96, 1999-2000, 2000-01) and General Manager of the Year (2000-01) once.

Johnson became just the fourth coach in league history to reach the 300 win plateau when the Stars defeated the Des Moines Buccaneers 4-3 in a shootout on October 17, 2003 in Lincoln.

Des Moines

Regg Simon, 3rd year (87-72-15); 2nd year Des Moines (68-57-13)

Last year, in his first full season behind the Des Moines bench, Regg Simon piloted the Bucs to the Clark Cup title.

Simon took over as Des Moines coach following the December 1, 2004 resignation of Bob Ferguson. Simon originally joined the Buccaneers in 2003-04 as an assistant coach.

This is Simon's second USHL head coaching stint. In 2002-03, he piloted the Tri-City Storm to a 19-15-2 record and a berth in the Clark Cup playoffs as interim coach after replacing Jim Hillman 24 games into the season.

Simon played college hockey at the University of Alaska-Anchorage after skating for the Bucs from 1994 to 1996.

Omaha

Mike Hastings, 13th year (473-187-45)

Mike Hastings is third all-time among USHL coaches in career wins. Hastings earned his four hundredth career USHL coaching win on January 29, 2005 when the Lancers defeated the Sioux City Musketeers 3-2 in a shootout.

Hastings steered the Lancers to the Clark Cup (playoff) championship in both 1997-98 and 2000-01 and to the Anderson Cup (regular season) title in 2001-02 and a share of the Anderson Cup (along with the RoughRiders) last season. He was named both USHL Coach of the Year and General Manager of the Year in 1996-97 and 2001-02. Hastings has posted a remarkable .701 career winning percentage. None of his Lancer teams has ever finished a season fewer than 14 games above .500.

Hastings served as an assistant coach for Team USA at the 2003 and 2005 World Junior Championships.

Hastings played college hockey at St. Cloud State after a standout USHL career with the Austin Mavericks and Rochester Mustangs. Prior to that, he skated for Minnesota's Crookston High School.

HISTORY

Last Friday's loss was the Riders' first ever regular season defeat in Indianapolis. The Riders won their first eight regular season games at Indiana over two-plus seasons.

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.

The Stars won the Clark Cup in 1996-97 (the team's first season in the USHL) and again in 2002-03. Lincoln also won its third Anderson Cup championship in 2002-03. The Stars won back-to-back Anderson Cups in 1999-2000 and 2000-01.

The Stars qualified for the Clark playoffs nine of their first ten seasons in their league. In 2003-04 Lincoln failed to reach the post-season for the only time in team history. The Stars also finished the 2003-04 season with a losing record for the only time in team history.

Last year's Clark Cup title was the fourth in Buccaneer history. Des Moines also claimed the Clark Cup in 1992, 1995 and 1999. The Bucs have also won four Anderson Cup (regular season) championships (1994, 1995, 1998 and 1999) and three junior A national tournaments (1992, 1995 and 1998).

The Bucs won the title last year after finishing last overall and missing the post-season in 2004-05.

Prior to going all the way last spring, the Bucs had not reached the second round of the Clark Cup playoffs since winning the title in 1999.

The Lancers have won the Clark Cup (playoff) championship a USHL record six times (1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1998 and 2001). The Lancers shared the Anderson Cup with the RoughRiders last season, marking the fourth time Omaha has taken the regular season title (1990, 1993, 2002 and 2005).

COLLEGE COMMITMENTS

Cedar Rapids (12)

Richard Bachman (Colorado College), Robin Bergman (Notre Dame), David Boehm (Massachusetts), Aaron Bogosian (St. Lawrence), 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)

Lincoln (8)

Matt Bartkowski (Ohio State), Jared Brown (Northern Michigan), Carter Camper (Miami of Ohio), Colby Cohen (Boston University), Jason Gregoire (Denver), Bryan Hogan (Michigan), Patrick Johnson (Wisconsin), Mike Kramer (Princeton), Eric Lake (Northeastern), Chad Langlais (Michigan), Dan Lawson (Vermont), Ryan Lowery (Colorado College), Stephen Schultz (Colorado College)

Des Moines (13)

Matt Dalton (Bemidji State), Michael Dorr (Minnesota-Duluth), Austin Handley (Michigan State), Jimmy Martin (Yale), Andrew Olson (Connecticut), Travis Paeth (Western Michigan), Aaron Palushaj (Michigan), Jeff Petry (Michigan State), Richard Purslow (Nebraska-Omaha), Matt Read (Bemidji State), Ben Rosen (Brown), Ben Ryan (Notre Dame), Shane Sims (Ohio State)

Omaha (15)

Brett Bruneteau (North Dakota), Andrew Conboy (Nebraska-Omaha), Robby Dee (Maine), Jack Downing (Vermont),

Chris Hepp (St. Cloud State), Nick Larson (Minnesota), Jake Marto (North Dakota), Travis Novak (St. Cloud State), Will O'Neill (New Hampshire), Mark Olver (Northern Michigan), Nick Petrecki (Boston College), Patrick Schafer (Ohio State), Matt Thurber (Wisconsin), Jordan Tibbet (Michigan State), Corey Toy (Ohio State)

NHL DRAFT PICKS

Cedar Rapids Year Round Overall Team

Sergei Kolosov 2004 5th 151 Detroit

Richard Bachman 2006 4th 120 Dallas

ROUGHRIDER ALUMNI

Division I GP G A PTS

Justin Abdelkader (Michigan State/sophomore) 25 11 11 22

Phil Axtell (Michigan Tech/freshman) 26 2 6 8

Casey Bickley (Army/senior) 27 5 10 15

James Brannigan (Colorado College/junior) 22 0 4 4

Jamie Carroll (Providence/senior) 23 3 3 6

Greg Collins (New Hampshire/sophomore) 22 2 3 5

Chad Costello (Northeastern/freshman) 27 10 10 20

GP G A PTS

Ray Eichenlaub (Miami of Ohio/sophomore) 34 4 13 17

Jon Grabarek (Wayne State/sophomore) 20 2 5 7

Jordy Hart (Merrimack/junior) 12 1 0 1

Bryan Horan (Providence/senior) 27 2 2 4

Tyler Howells (Michigan State/senior) 29 3 15 18

Ray Kaunisto (Northern Michigan/freshman) 34 2 0 2

Steven Kaunisto (Lake Superior State/freshman) 31 1 6 7

Billy Loupee (Miami of Ohio/sophomore) 28 1 3 4

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

Alec Martinez (Miami of Ohio/sophomore) 34 9 13 22

Zach Miskovic (St. Lawrence/sophomore) 30 2 8 10

Sean Muncy (Brown/sophomore) 25 7 7 14

Brandon Naurato (Michigan/sophomore) 31 10 9 19

Matt Olinger (Wisconsin/senior) 30 0 1 1

Zach Pearson (Ferris State/senior) 29 8 16 24

Derek Peltier (Minnesota/junior) 31 4 6 10

Nate Perkovich (Lake Superior State/freshman) 31 11 6 17

Jordan Pietrus (Brown/freshman) 14 0 2 2

Ted Purcell (Maine/freshman) 29 14 20 34

Nick Sellers (Lake Superior State/freshman) 22 3 1 4

Chris Snavely (Michigan State/senior) 15 0 5 5

Gary Steffes (Miami of Ohio/freshman) 34 5 2 7

David Strathman (Northeastern/freshman) 21 2 2 4

Brandon Svendsen (Bowling Green/sophomore) 29 5 7 12

Shawn Vinz (New Hampshire/senior) 27 3 1 4

Matt Vokes (Brown/sophomore) 22 7 6 13

Chase Watson (Providence/senior) 21 1 2 3

Mark Zarbo (Bentley/freshman) 30 1 6 7

GP W-L-T GAA SV% SO

Joe Fallon (Vermont/junior) 26 14-9-3 1.82 .921 5

Bobby Goepfert (St. Cloud State/senior) 23 13-5-5 2.09 .930 3

Alex Stalock (Minnesota-Duluth/freshman) 23 5-14-3 3.34 .881 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) 23 10 8 18

T.J. Dahl (Wisconsin-River Falls/junior) 25 11 36 47

Professional GP G A PTS +/-

P.J. Atherton (Johnstown/ECHL) 43 4 21 25 -2

Rico Fatticci (Tulsa/CHL) 29 2 10 12 +2

Mike Manley (Trenton/ECHL) 39 3 5 8 -7

Dave Moss (Calgary/NHL) 24 6 6 12 +3

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

Alexander Valentin (Kalamazoo/UHL) 40 2 4 6 -9

Highlights

Justin Abdelkader scored three goals last weekend as Michigan State defeated Ferris State 2-1 last Friday

and battled to a 3-3 tie with Michigan last Saturday.

Alec Martinez scored one goal and added a pair of assists as Miami (Ohio) swept a pair of games from Lake

Superior State last weekend.

The Calgary Flames' Dave Moss has recorded points (one goal and two assists) in each of his last three

games.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Break out your light saber this Friday and you'll fit right in on Star Wars Night at the ice arena. Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker and their intergalactic pals will be on hand as the RoughRiders battle the Des Moines Buccaneers.

On Saturday night Nick Jr.'s Dora the Explorer will be sure to bring smiles to the faces of younger fans during the Riders' game against the Omaha Lancers.

COMMUNITY

On Saturday from 9:00 to 10:00AM Ricochet will lend his support to a worthy cause as he takes part in the "Movin' For McCauley" Walk to benefit the Catherine McCauley Center for Women. The McCauley Center is located at 866 Fourth Avenue SW.

Richochet will lend a hoof to the fight against diabetes when he joins the Walk for Diabetes at Westdale Mall on Saturday, February 24 from 9:00 to 11:00AM.

TICKETS

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 www.roughridershockey.com. 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.

ON THE AIR/ON LINE

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 www.roughridershockey.com. 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 www.roughridershockey.com 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.

The RoughRiders Coach's Show with Mark Carlson airs Wednesday nights at 6:00 live from Union Station on 16th Avenue SW in Cedar Rapids on AM-1360 The Fan.

Real time updates of all USHL games are available on line at www.pointstreak.com/prostats.


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