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Cedar Rapids RoughRiders give up too many goals again in loss to Dubuque

Club has allowed 11 in first 2 home games

Liam Walsh
Liam Walsh

CEDAR RAPIDS — It kind of looked like their previous game. Unfortunately.

The Cedar Rapids RoughRiders had some defensive lapses again and lost to Dubuque, 5-2, Wednesday night at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena.

That’s two home games, two losses and 11 goals against for Cedar Rapids, which dropped a 6-3 decision to Sioux City this past weekend. You’re not going to win when the opponent is scoring like that.

“A little bit of a lack of detail both nights,” said RoughRiders center Liam Walsh. “Kind of giving them goals that we shouldn’t give them. We just have to clean some things up, especially in our ‘D’ zone and go from there.”

Walsh scored on the power play late in the first period to make this a 1-1 game, but Dubuque got a goal just 30 seconds after that and added two unanswered ones in the second period for an insurmountable edge.

The all-Canadian line of Ty Jackson, Riese Gaber and Dylan Jackson was superb for the Fighting Saints. Ty Jackson scored twice and had an assist, while Gaber had a goal and two assists.

“It was more than just them,” said RoughRiders Coach Mark Carlson.

He’s not wrong. James Sanchez finished the scoring for Dubuque with a goal midway through the third period in which he skated down the slot uncovered and took a feed from behind the net.

Too many of those kinds of defensive breakdowns for the Riders (3-2-1) this past week.

“I know it’s cliche, but I just didn’t think we competed for 60 minutes,” Carlson said. “So that’s what the result is.”

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“I think the energy was there,” Walsh said. “I just think we made some stupid mistakes. I don’t think we competed in the right way. We just didn’t work hard in the right areas tonight.”

Dubuque outshot Cedar Rapids by a 30-26 margin. Christian Stoever made his USHL debut in net for the RoughRiders, suffering the loss.

Youngstown comes to town for a game Saturday night.

First-year player Aidan McDonough also made his RoughRiders debut Wednesday night at left wing. He’d been out with an injury.

First-year defenseman Dmitri Deryabin sat out with a lower-body injury incurred in last Saturday night’s game against Sioux City. Other scratches were defenseman Kyle Looft (injury), forward Jordan Tonelli (injury) and forward Ethan Wolthers (healthy).

Assistant coach Ben Kinne and his wife, Bri, celebrated the birth of their first child last week. It was a boy: Kayson James Kinne.

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