The Cedar Rapids RoughRiders defeated the Lincoln Stars Friday night in the USHL's Fall Classic. Grant Silianoff and Jack O'Leary scored the Riders goals and Dmitri Deryabin hit the empty net with just seconds left in regulation to seal the victory, 3-1. Blake Pietila got the win in goal, stopping 28 of 29 shots.
Thursday the Riders gained a standings point but fell to Fargo by a score of 3-2 in overtime. Silianoff and Ben Almquist scored the Rider goals but Hank Crone scored the OT winner 1:21 into the extra period.
The Riders will be on the road next weekend, Friday at Chicago and Saturday at in-state rival Dubuque. The RoughRiders home opener is Saturday, October 13th at The Stable when they take on the Sioux City Musketeers. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.roughridershockey.com or call the RoughRiders Box Office at 319-247-0340.