Prairie Farms Cowbell Cup Play Opens Friday in Waterloo

September 26, 2013 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Dubuque Fighting Saints News Release

DUBUQUE, IA- The Dubuque Fighting Saints quest to capture the Prairie Farms Cowbell Cup for a third consecutive season begins Friday night. The Prairie Farms Cowbell Cup rivalry series returns this season, as Eastern Iowa's three USHL teams: the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, Dubuque Fighting Saints, and Waterloo Black Hawks, compete for the annual traveling trophy awarded to the team with the best head-to-head record with their rivals. Dubuque and Waterloo open Prairie Farms Cowbell Cup play at Young Arena in Waterloo at 7:05 p.m. Friday in the Fighting Saints' first game of the USHL regular season.

All three teams will play each other a total of six times in games that will count towards the Prairie Farms Cowbell Cup standings. Dubuque and Waterloo play six times this year, as do Cedar Rapids and Waterloo. The Fighting Saints and the RoughRiders play seven games against each other, so to even out the standings, the October 12 game at Cedar Rapids will not count towards Prairie Farms Cowbell Cup play.

"Everyone at Prairie Farms is excited for another season of Cowbell Cup play and are proud to sponsor such an exciting in-state rivalry," said Stacy Wand, Prairie Farms Sales Manager. "All three of these cities support our company and our great products. We are thrilled to be able to work with these teams for the second year of the Prairie Farms Cowbell Cup."

Prairie Farms Dairy is a fitting sponsor for the Cowbell Cup considering the large amount of dairy products they supply. The company, headquartered in Carlinville, Illinois, has a strong footprint in Iowa. Prairie Farms Dairy has a plant in Dubuque and a distribution branch in Iowa City, and is represented in 14 states throughout Mid-America and the South. This is the second year they have sponsored the Cowbell Cup.

Cedar Rapids and Dubuque will battle on November 16, January 24, February 15, February 22, March 1, and March 22 in Prairie Farms Cowbell Cup play. Dubuque and Waterloo play on September 27, November 2, December 7, January 4, February 8, and March 15. Cedar Rapids and Waterloo also faceoff six times in Prairie Farms Cowbell Cup play on November 28, November 29, December 28, February 14, April 4 and April 5. In 2012-2013, the Fighting Saints finished with a 10-3-3 record versus their rivals, including posting a perfect 8-0-0 mark against Cedar Rapids en route to winning the Prairie Farms Cowbell Cup. The 2011-12 season was the first year for the trophy, and the Fighting Saints claimed the title with a 10-5-1 record versus its in-state rivals, going 5-2-1 against Cedar Rapids and 5-3-0 versus Waterloo.

After Friday's Prairie Farms Cowbell Cup game in Waterloo, the Fighting Saints open the regular season at home on Saturday, September 28 at 7:05 p.m. versus Sioux City. Saturday is Opening Night and a Championship Celebration presented by American Trust. The first 3,000 fans will receive a magnetic schedule as the Fighting Saints will raise championship banners honoring last year's team. Tickets are available to Opening Night now by calling 563.583.6880, or by logging onto DubuqueFightingSaints.com.

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