RoughRiders Lose Again to Waterloo, 6-5, in Shootout
By Jeff Johnson, Reporter
CEDAR RAPIDS — The misery continues. The Cedar Rapids RoughRiders are 1-for-Waterloo this season, a befuddling streak to their biggest rival that continued Saturday night with a 6-5 shootout loss before 3,876 fans at The Stable.
Cedar Rapids has two more chances to save face in this always competitive season-series battle for the Corridor Cup that it has actually dominated in recent seasons. A 1-5 record is hard to fathom, let alone explain.
“I don’t know,” said Riders Coach Mark Carlson.
Vince Hinostroza’s goal as the fourth shooter won the shootout for Waterloo, 2-1. The Black Hawks (18-11-4, 40 points) got a hat trick from Scott MacDonald that included a pair of short-handed goals in a game that was virtually identical to a game here earlier this month that Waterloo also won, 6-5.
“We’ve got to continue to smarten up in some areas,” Carlson said. “The positive thing is we can do that.”
After a scoreless first period, the teams combined for six goals in the second. Four of those came midway through in a span of slightly less than three minutes.
Davey Middleton hopped on a rebound of a Dennis Kravchenko shot at 3:13 of the period to give Cedar Rapids the first lead. Austin Ortega made it 2-0 Riders at 9:03 of the period, but Waterloo tied it with a pair of goals in 42 seconds.
Ortega scored his second of the night by sniping one on the power play into the top right corner of the net to give Cedar Rapids a 3-2 lead. But a turnover in their own zone led to the first of two Scott MacDonald short-handed goals late in the period to send the teams to the third tied.
MacDonald scored his second shorty with 9:49 left, skating around defenseman Ian Brady on left win and beating Riders goalie Jake Hildebrand. But Greg Amlong’s bomb from the right point on the same power play tied it at 4-4 just 40 seconds later.
Waterloo went back ahead, 5-4, with 4:44 left on MacDonald’s hat trick — a wild pileup in front of the Cedar Rapids net that included at least a half-dozen players and was never whistled dead by referee Brett Sheva, who apparently never lost sight of the puck in the mass of humanity. But Cedar Rapids sent it to overtime on Kravchenko’s one-timer in front off a perfect feed from Jack Rowe.
Kravchenko had a four-point of a goal and three assists. Rowe had three assists.
Cedar Rapids played without leading scorer Nick Saracino, who suffered a concussion in an automobile accident earlier this week. Goaltender Matt McNeely also is out indefinitely after having his appendix removed, the latest (and probably most absurd) injuries a seemingly jinxed RoughRiders club has endured.
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