Indiana Ice vs Waterloo Black Hawks
Waterloo was 5-2 vs Indiana this season, but only one of those victories was at the Pepsi Coliseum. Waterloo has won just two times at the Coliseum since Indiana joined the league. Indiana was led offensively by Garrett Roe (2-3--5) and Gregory Squires (1-4--5) while Waterloo was led offensively by James Marcou (2-7--9), Ryan Cramer (5-3--8), and Isak Tranvik (4-3--7). Goaltender Ryan Rondeau is a nice 4-0 vs the Ice this season.
Prediction: Ice win 4-3 in a close battle.
Tri-City Storm vs Des Moines Buccaneers
Des Moines went 3-1-3 vs the Storm this season. Four meetings between these teams went into a shootout, including a memorable 13 rounder. Tri-City was led offensively by Mario Lamoureux (2-4--6) and Calle Ridderwall (3-2--5) while Des Moines was led offensively by Richard Purslow (2-10--12) and Matt Read (5-3--8). Tri-City is fresh off a hard fought seven game series with Sioux City, while Des Moines finished up with Omaha fairly easily. Will it be more beneficial to have the rest, or to be in game mode? We will find out tonight.
Prediction: Buccaneers win 4-2.