CEDAR RAPIDS – Mired in the longest losing streak of their season, the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders buckled under an avalanche of shot attempts.
Dubuque utilized a 17-5 shots-on-goal advantage in the third period to score tying and winning goals and hand Cedar Rapids its fifth straight loss, 4-3, before 1,882 fans last night at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena.
"I just thought we had to play a way smarter game than we did tonight,” RoughRiders Coach Mark Carlson said. "We scored three goals, I just think we need to pay more attention to detail and those kind of things."
The loss keeps Cedar Rapids (29-19-3, 61 standings points) in third place in the USHL’s Eastern Conference, three points behind second-place Dubuque (30-16-4, 64). With nine games remaining – including one more with Dubuque Mar. 22 – Carlson isn't concerned with playoff positioning.
"We just want to win the next game," Carlson said.
Things looked good for Cedar Rapids early as the the RoughRiders scored with 6:55 left in the opening period when center Dylan McGlaughlin advanced the puck inside the Dubuque blue line and made a slightly errant pass just behind Alec Marsh on the right wing. Marsh quickly adjusted and fired into the goal crease off Dubuque goalie Kevin Reich. Winger Andrew Oglevie gathered the deflection and punched it into the net for his 11th goal this season. It was the second assist in three games for McGlaughlin (21 this season).
Each team scored twice in the second period. Winger Andrew Gaus, acquired from Dubuque in a January trade, burned his former team for a 2-1 lead with 7:30 remaining in the period, and Kevin Shand tacked on an insurance goal 3:49 later with a laser between the faceoff circles to extend the advantage to 3-1.
Dubuque's Karson Kluhman got the Fighting Saints within a goal 90 seconds later on a breakaway, his team-high 21st goal this season. Dubuque tallied 10 straight shots on goal to begin the final period, the last a tying score off a deflection for forward Shane Eiserman, his second of the game. With 2:12 left, Jarrid Privitera scored the game-winner for Dubuque, who outshot Cedar Rapids 41-23.
"They played a good third period," RoughRiders goaltender Danny Tirone said. "They played good and were able to get a couple in. Sometimes it goes like that."
Center Cal Burke, a fourth-round pick (No. 50 overall) in last May's USHL Futures draft, debuted for the RoughRiders last night. Carlson expects the 16-year-old speedster from Boxborough, Mass. – a Notre Dame commit – to be with the team for "a couple of games."
"It was definitely exciting," Burke said. "I've never really played in front of a crowd this big before. It's definitely fun. Just had a great time out there."Cedar Rapids hosts the United States National Team Development Program’s Under-18 team this Friday and Saturday. After dropping a pair last weekend in Ann Arbor (Mich.), it will be four meetings in five games with Team USA. Both games start at 7:05.