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RoughRiders Edge Hawks in OT

November 25, 2021 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Waterloo Black Hawks News Release


A big and boisterous crowd of 2,656 was on hand for Waterloo's 50th Thanksgiving game Thursday, and it was the Cedar Rapids RoughRider fans in attendance who left celebrating a 3-2 overtime result against the Black Hawks.

The fan count for the milestone game was the largest to see the Hawks on home ice since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

Nate Hanley settled the game 1:52 into extra time, eluding defenders as he stepped into the offensive zone. Hanley found room to operate in the slot, pulling the puck to his backhand near the top of the crease before lifting it inside the post to Emmett Croteau's right.

Cedar Rapids' first lead of the night had come on a successful early attempt to stretch the ice. At 6:58 of the first period Zaccharya Wisdom sprang Adam Flammang on a breakaway, and Flammang blistered a wrist shot low, past Croteau's glove.

Owen Baker leveled the score during a Black Hawks power play at 13:05. The puck came to him after a shot from the right point by Cooper Wylie; Baker's initial attempt to bank the puck off of goalie Connor Hasley was denied, but he stepped behind the net, swatting a second chance off a defender and in at the opposite post.

The teams exchanged scores again in the second, but this time it was Waterloo seizing the lead first. John Waldron swiped a puck deep in the RoughRiders' zone, then moved to the slot. A quick stop allowed him to avoid a shadowing Cedar Rapids player before zinging the puck under the crossbar at 1:04.

The lead held for a little more than ten minutes. Conor Lovett intercepted a breakout pass, took a couple of strides from the blue line up the slot, and planted a wrister between the pipes.

There was no scoring in the third, as Waterloo outshot the visitors 10-3, and finished the game with a 34-27 shots advantage.

The Hawks and RoughRiders meet again at Cedar Rapids Ice Arena on Saturday night. The contest is the only road game on Waterloo's schedule during a four-week span.

Cedar Rapids 1 1 0 1 - 3

Waterloo 1 1 0 0 - 2

1st Period-1, Cedar Rapids, Flammang 7 (Wisdom), 6:58. 2, Waterloo, Baker 3 (Wylie, Rozzi), 13:05 (PP). Penalties-Wylie Wat (holding), 7:26; Moore Cr (boarding), 12:04.

2nd Period-3, Waterloo, Waldron 5 1:04. 4, Cedar Rapids, Lovett 3 11:42. Penalties-McCormick Wat (tripping), 8:35; Wisdom Cr (roughing), 14:03; Procious Wat (roughing), 14:03.

3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Wylie Wat (cross checking), 6:16; Brenner Cr (roughing, tripping), 8:37; Wylie Wat (roughing), 8:37; Murnieks Cr (cross checking), 17:22.

1st OT Period-5, Cedar Rapids, Hanley 3 (Shoudy, Burtch), 1:52. Penalties-No Penalties

Shots on Goal-Cedar Rapids 11-11-3-2-27. Waterloo 13-10-10-1-34.

Power Play Opportunities-Cedar Rapids 0 / 3; Waterloo 1 / 3.

Goalies-Cedar Rapids, Hasley 5-5-0-0 (34 shots-32 saves). Waterloo, Croteau 3-3-1-0 (27 shots-24 saves).

A-2,656.


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