The Cedar Rapids RoughRiders will host the first ever Battle of Iowa September 19 and 20 as the RoughRiders will welcome their in-state United States Hockey League rivals from Waterloo, Des Moines and Sioux City to the Stable for the four-team tournament.
The first of its kind tussle for statewide supremacy will open with a match-up between the Des Moines Buccaneers and Sioux City Musketeers on Saturday, September 19 at 3:00PM. The RoughRiders and arch rival Waterloo Black Hawks will face off in the night cap at 7:00PM. The winners of the first day's games will meet in the following day's championship game, while day one's defeated teams will contest the consolation game. Regardless of whether they win or lose Saturday night, the Riders will play in the second of the two games slated for September 20. The Riders will clash with either Des Moines or Sioux City at 5:00PM. Sunday's action will begin at 1:00PM when the Black Hawks collide with either the Bucs or the Musketeers.
Tickets to the Battle go on sale Tuesday, September 8 at the RoughRiders' ticket office at the Stable and online at www.roughridershockey.com. Tickets cover admission to two games per day for just $15 for adults and for only $10 for children 12 and under. Battle of Iowa tickets are included in season ticket holders' packages.
The Battle of Iowa will serve as the climax to what will be a busy week for the RoughRiders. The Riders will play a green vs. white scrimmage at the Stable on the night of Saturday, September 12 at 7:00PM. Admission to the Green and White game is free with the donation of a non-perishable food item. All donations will go to the HACAP Food Reservoir. In the wake of the Green and White game the Riders will gear up for the Battle with a full week of practice.
Battle of Iowa
Saturday, September 19
3:00PM Des Moines vs. Sioux City
7:00PM Cedar Rapids vs. Waterloo
Sunday, September 20
1:00PM Waterloo vs. Des Moines/Sioux City
5:00PM Cedar Rapids vs. Des Moines/Sioux City
(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)