The Cedar Rapids RoughRiders belted Waterloo, 7-2, and the Youngstown Phantoms finally lost after 17 straight victories, giving the RoughRiders renewed hope of claiming the conference title.
The RoughRiders raised their record to 37-17-0 for 74 points with six games left in the regular season for them.
Youngstown lost to Omaha, 4-2, dropping the Phantoms to 36-14-5 for 77 points with five games left in their regular season.
Andrew Oglevie and Jiri Fronk scored for the RoughRiders in the first period Friday for a 2-0 lead before 3,376 fans at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena. Andrew Gaus and Joe Wegwerth tallied in the second period for a 4-0 advantage and the RoughRiders coasted home from there.