DUBUQUE, Iowa - DUBUQUE, Iowa – When the Fighting Saints get together with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders and Waterloo Black Hawks on the ice this season, they will be playing for more than just bragging rights between the fan bases and points in the USHL standings. The three squads will compete for a travelling trophy that will be awarded to the team that compiles the most points in head-to-head play throughout the 2011-12 regular season.
With both Young Arena in Waterloo and the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena just a 90-minute drive from Dubuque, the Fighting Saints saw rivalries heat up last season with both the RoughRiders and Black Hawks at home and on the road. This year’s schedule brings even more matchups between the three teams. The Fighting Saints will play the RoughRiders and Black Hawks eight times each – with four games each at the Mystique Community Ice Center. The home portion of the East Iowa rivalry schedule will open for the Fighting Saints this Friday against the Black Hawks. Waterloo finished below .500 last season, but they have a much-improved roster that has gotten off to a 2-0-1 start, with all three games coming on the road. Waterloo will make their three additional visits to Dubuque on Saturday, December 17, Friday, February 24, and Friday, March 6.
The Anderson Cup champion Cedar Rapids RoughRiders will first visit Dubuque on the night before Thanksgiving, November 23. They will make their second trip on Saturday, December 3, followed by a meeting on Friday, January 6. The rivalry will finish up in Dubuque on Saturday, February 11.
Fighting Saints fans can follow their team on the road in both Cedar Rapids and Waterloo with rivalry packs offered by both teams. Cedar Rapids rivalry four-game packs for the games on December 2, January 20, February 10, and March 16 start at $52. For fans inclined to make the drive west on US-20 to Waterloo, four-game packs start at $48 for adults, and $44 for students, seniors, and active military personnel.
Waterloo and Cedar Rapids fans can also purchase rivalrys pack offered by the Fighting Saints for games in Dubuque starting at just $40. With all rivalry packs, fans will avoid calling the box office, skip the lines on the day of the game, and ensure a seat for some of the most eagerly-anticipated games on the calendar.
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