Omaha Native Helps 'Riders Beat His Hometown Team
By Jeff Johnson, Reporter
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa The guy who beat the Omaha Lancers last night was the guy who grew up rooting for the Omaha Lancers.
Defenseman Clay Anderson's third-period power-play goal turned out to be the difference as the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders shaded Omaha, 4-3, before 2,644 fans at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena.
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Anderson is a first-year RoughRiders from Omaha, Neb., who has nine points in 10 games. He pounced on a mishit one-timer in the slot from teammate Dylan Gareau at the 10:53 mark of the third.
Omaha scored with less than two minutes left to make things interesting, but Cedar Rapids held the fort. The Riders (6-3-2, 14 points) split a pair of weekend home games, losing Friday night at home to Tri-City, 2-1.
"I thought those were two completely different hockey games. They weren't even on the same planet," said Riders Coach Mark Carlson. "I thought we competed for the entire game tonight. Last night, we didn't. The big thing was our guys responded to the things we wanted to get better at. They responded to coaching. I'm just really, really proud of the effort of the entire team"
Carlson was asked what things in particular he wanted his team to get better at.
"The competing for 60 minutes. That was the biggest thing," he said. "Be more physical, manage the puck better. Those types of things."
Anderson's goal wasn't the only bit of puck luck the RoughRiders got last night. Corey Petrash put them ahead late in the second period, 3-2, after Omaha goalie Alex Lyon virtually whiffed on a clearing attempt to a teammate in the corner, the puck fluttering in front of a gaping net and Petrash stuffing it home.
Cedar Rapids got the early advantage on an Eetu Karvinen goal just 1:17 in. He picked up a loose puck inside the Omaha blue line and blistered a shot while falling down over the glove of Lyon.
Omaha got the next two goals, one in the first period and one in the second, to take a 2-1 lead. But unlike their loss to Tri-City, in which they scored first and gave up the next two, the Riders were able to respond.
Jack Rowe tied it with seven minutes left by hopping on his own rebound after a partial breakaway. He actually missed to the left side of the net, but the puck hit the end boards and popped out to the right side of the net, where Rowe was able stuff it home.
Cedar Rapids played again without third-year defenseman Ian Brady, who is Nova Scotia with a United States national team that is participating in the World Junior 'A' Challenge.