Riders Take Shootout, Get Carlson 400th Win

By Jeff Johnson, Reporter

Cedar Rapids RoughRider head coach Mark Carlson watches with his team during their playoff opener against Indiana at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena on Wednesday, April 7, 2010. (Julie Koehn/The Gazette)

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URBANDALE, Iowa - Stu Wilson’s goal as the eighth shooter gave the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders a 2-1 shootout win over the Des Moines Buccaneers on Tuesday night in Urbandale, securing head coach Mark Carlson’s 400th career victory.

The RoughRiders rallied from a 2-0 hole in the shootout, getting successful conversions from fourth and fifth shooters Jayson Megna and Michael Parks to send it to a sudden-death shootout.

Nick Saracino scored as the seventh shooter for Cedar Rapids, only to have Logan Nelson beat Riders goalie Brady Hjelle to tie it back up. Wilson scored, then Hjelle stopped Dan DeSalvo to finally end it.

Peter Maric’s deflection goal midway through the second period put the RoughRiders up 1-0. Des Moines tied it with four minutes left on a Doug Clifford goal.

Carlson is the only coach and general manager the RoughRiders have had in their 12 years of existence. He is the sixth coach in USHL history to notch 400 victories.

The RoughRiders host Youngstown on Friday night at 7:05. They are just a point behind Green Bay for first place overall and in the Eastern Conference.

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