Sunday, September 27, 2009

RoughRiders win the Fall Classic

Press Release

The USHL Fall Classic is in the books after seven matchups on Saturday in Sioux City, Iowa. The Cedar Rapids RoughRiders were declared the champions of the event after posting a 3-0-0 record during the three-day event.

Both the Sioux Falls Stampede and Des Moines Buccaneers also finished the USHL Fall Classic with 3-0-0 records, but the RoughRiders recorded a larger goal differential (+12) after scoring 16 goals and allowing just four. Sioux Falls posted a goal differential of +10 while Des Moines finished with a +5 goal differential.

It is the second consecutive season the RoughRiders have gone a perfect 3-0-0 to win the USHL Fall Classic. Last season, the Des Moines Buccaneers also earned a 3-0-0 record, but finished behind Cedar Rapids in goal differential.

Michael Parks led the RoughRiders in scoring with six points (4g, 2a) while goaltender Troy Grosenick allowed just two goals and made 55 saves in two appearances for Cedar Rapids.

Day 3 Wrap Up

The Fargo Force jumped out early scoring 55 seconds into the game, but the Green Bay Gamblers took control with three goals in the second period. Fargo pulled within one, but Green Bay added a pair in the third to seal the 5-3 win. Five different Gamblers recorded goals and the teams combined for 105 penalty minutes. Click here for full boxscore

The Youngstown Phantoms and Tri-City Storm traded goals in the first period of their intense matchup at the Tyson Events Center. Maxwell Tardy scored his second goal of the game during the second frame, but Youngstown potted a pair of goals in the third for a 3-2 win and their first victory of the Fall Classic. Click here for full boxscore

Indiana scored first, but Sioux Falls responded with a goal 46 seconds later in the first period. After trading goals in the second period, the Sioux Falls Stampede claimed a 4-2 victory when Josh Holmstrom netted two in the third period, the second consecutive day he registered a pair of goals. The Stampede finished the USHL Fall Classic with a 3-0-0 record. Click here for full boxscore

Des Moines built a 3-0 lead then held off a surging Team USA which had pulled within one goal early in the third period. D.J. Vandercook tallied three points (1g, 2a) for the Buccaneers on the day and finished the weekend with six points total (3g, 3a). Click here for full boxscore

The Waterloo Black Hawks and Chicago Steel traded goals throughout the day and needed more than 60 minutes to decide the outcome as the game went to a shootout. Scott Wamsganz and Derek Arnold converted their attempts in the extra session to earn Waterloo the 4-3 victory. Black Hawks forward Soren Jonzzon tied the game at 3-3 in the third period when he converted a penalty shot. Click here for full boxscore

Four goals in the first period was more than enough offense as the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders cruised to a 5-1 victory over the Lincoln Stars. Michael Parks netted two goals and Troy Grosenick made 23 saves for the RoughRiders. Click here for full boxscore

In the final game of the USHL Fall Classic, the Sioux City Musketeers and Omaha Lancers were tied 1-1 after the first 20 minutes of play. Musketeers forward Matt Paape scored a goal in each of the final two periods to give the host club the 3-1 victory. Click here for full boxscore

The USHL celebrates its 31st season of junior hockey in 2009-10. With 190 players from the 2008-09 campaign already committed to NCAA Division I schools and 17 NHL Entry Draft picks taken from the League's rosters this past season, the USHL is the nation's foremost producer of junior hockey talent. For more information, visit us on the web at

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at

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