The Waterloo Black Hawks rallied to force overtime and eventually a shootout Saturday, but the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders had the only conversion for a 5-4 win at Cedar Rapids Ice Arena.
The final game during the 2019 exhibition schedule was settled on Donte Lawson’s shot in the second round of the shootout. Derek Mullahy turned away all three Black Hawks tries.
The only goal of the first period came just 35 seconds after play began. Rolston took the puck out of the left corner and pushed it back to Ethan Szmagaj at the point. Szmgaaj's long wrist shot from just inside the blue line went in just below the crossbar.
Cedar Rapids strung together three straight goals in the second to take the lead. Defensive zone turnovers led to the first two, separated by just over two minutes. Jackson Jutting had the first at 3:41, followed by Justin Hryckowian at 5:57. The third RoughRider score was a breakaway from the redline, which Josh Barnes finished with a backhander at 12:40.
The Hawks responded with the final score before intermission as 2:52 remained. Xander Lammpa moved behind the net for a wraparound, pushing the puck to the top of the crease, where Quinn Rudrud spiked it inside the post to the left of Mullahy.
The first power play conversions of the game canceled each other in the early minutes of the third. Grant Silianoff nestled the puck into an open side for Cedar Rapids 28 seconds into the period. However, the two goal lead lasted less than three minutes before Rolston scored in similar fashion on the other end of the ice.
Rolston’s second goal of the period forced overtime at 17:07. His initial shot came fluttering back waist high, and Rolston was able to bat it back into the top corner.
The regular season begins Thursday with a neutral site matchup against the Tri-City Storm in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania.
Waterloo 1 1 2 0 - 4
Cedar Rapids 0 3 1 0 - 5
1st Period-1, Waterloo, Szmagaj 1 (Rolston, Engum), 0:37. Penalties-Belov Cr (kneeing), 1:12; Ness Wat (charging), 5:13; Lawson Cr (tripping), 13:19; Gerrie Wat (cross checking), 15:55.
2nd Period-2, Cedar Rapids, Jutting 1 (Silianoff), 3:41. 3, Cedar Rapids, Hryckowian 1 (Hanley), 5:57. 4, Cedar Rapids, Barnes 2 (Suda), 12:40. 5, Waterloo, Rudrud 1 (Lamppa, Sweeney), 17:08. Penalties-Psenicka Wat (hooking), 9:32; Belov Cr (elbowing), 17:28; Caponi Wat (cross checking), 19:54.
3rd Period-6, Cedar Rapids, Silianoff 2 (Francis), 0:28 (PP). 7, Waterloo, Rolston 2 (Lamppa, Ness), 3:20 (PP). 8, Waterloo, Rolston 3 (Szmagaj), 17:07. Penalties-Francis Cr (charging), 1:59.
1st OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties
Shootout - Waterloo 0 (Ness NG, Rolston NG, Haskins NG), Cedar Rapids 1 (Silianoff NG, Lawson G).
Shots on Goal-Waterloo 8-6-8-2-0-24. Cedar Rapids 8-7-9-0-1-25.
Power Play Opportunities-Waterloo 1 / 4; Cedar Rapids 1 / 4.
Goalies-Waterloo, Stein 0-1-0-1 (24 shots-20 saves). Cedar Rapids, Mullahy 2-2-0-0 (24 shots-20 saves).
Linesmen-Greg Offerman (55), Aaron McCrary.