CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- The Fighting Saints fell behind early in Cedar Rapids and were never able to catch the RoughRiders, who won their first game of the year against the Fighting Saints in five tries by a 7-2 score.
The RoughRiders scored off of a turnover less than four minutes into the first period, grabbing the 1-0 lead. Stu Wilson and Nathan Widman sent the puck to John Gilmour, who fired a wrist shot through the slot to beat Connor Girard and give the RoughRiders the lead. Gilmour picked up his second point of the night when he sent the puck to Nick Saracino, who sent a pass off of a Fighting Saints stick and to Ryan McGrath. McGrath beat Girard to give Cedar Rapids a 2-0 lead, which they would hold at the first intermission.
Four minutes into the second period, Gilmour got his second goal of the game on a shot from the point with Cedar Rapids on a 5-on-3 powerplay. With around three minutes to go in the period, Jack Rowe received a pass from the corner and one-timed it high to the glove side of Girard to put the RoughRiders in the lead 4-0. Cedar Rapids would score once more in the frame, getting a goal from Riley Bourbonais on a rebound at the netfront to put the Fighting Saints in a 5-0 hole.
The Fighting Saints got their first goal of the night early in the third period when former RoughRider Jono Davis sent a puck home from the slot to make the score 5-1. Tyler Lundey and TJ Moor assisted on the goal. Cedar Rapids made it 6-1 with a Stu Wilson goal under two minutes later. Austin Ortega redirected a Chris Dienes feed on the powerplay to make it 7-1 at the 11:28 mark of the frame. Matt Caito got the score to 7-2 with a goal late in the period, with Max Gardiner picking up the assist.
The Fighting Saints will return home Saturday night, hosting the Indiana Ice in what will be an important conference matchup for both teams. The Fighting Saints will make their longest road trip of the season next weekend, travelling to Youngstown for a Friday night game, followed by a trip to Ann Arbor to play Team USA and a matchup in Muskegon on Sunday.