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Postgame Recap:  Shorthanded Bucs at Their Best 

By WBH, 03/08/19, 10:15PM CST

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Palmer Has Memorable Performance in Hawks' Loss

Three shorthanded goals sank the Waterloo Black Hawks Friday in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Des Moines Buccaneers at Young Arena.

Des Moines’ only even-strength goal came during the three-on-three overtime at 2:53.  Bringing numbers into the offensive end, Scooter Brickey ended up being the extra man, and he snapped his shot from the left circle past Evan Fear.

In the first period, the Black Hawks had gone ahead on their first shot of the night.  At 4:12, Hank Sorensen moved the puck parallel to the blue line to Mason Palmer at the left point.  Palmer’s low shot made it through traffic and past Roman Durny, inside the post at the goaltender’s left.  The Bucs answered on the first of three successive power plays.  Veteran Reed Lebster was on the doorstep to bang in the rebound of a T.J. Walsh try from the high slot.

The second period was progressing well until a Waterloo power play went awry.  Griffin Ness scored five-on-five at 11:08.  He followed his initial shot to the net and lifted in the rebound from a sharp angle, originating from below the right circle.  The Hawks made it a two-goal margin at 14:27 while penalty killing.  When the puck escaped the Waterloo zone, Matej Blumel found it at the red line and beat Durny on a breakaway backhander.

Unfortunately, the Bucs scored twice – separated by 20 seconds – in similar fashion.  Matt Brown shielded the puck in transition and got close enough to snap in a shorthanded wrister at 16:12.  Michael Mancinelli followed up with a breakaway when an errant pass escaped to neutral ice, erasing Waterloo’s lead while the Hawks were still on a power play.

Des Moines took their only lead of regulation with their third successive shorty at 10:48 of the third.  For the second time, it was Brown in transition; this time, he finished a breakaway look by slipping in a well-placed low shot.

Palmer saved a standings point for Waterloo with his second goal of the night.  Setup from behind the net by Zach Michaelis, Palmer took time to settle the pass between the hashmarks.  As the Buccaneer defense scrambled Palmer’s direction they also screened Durny, and Palmer beat the Des Moines netminder low to his left for the second time.

The Hawks conclude their UNI Panther Pride Weekend on Saturday by trying to take a bite out of the Sioux Falls Stampede.  It’s an Other Place College Night, with $9 tickets for college students with ID.  To order, call the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680.

Des Moines 1 2 1 1 - 5
Waterloo 1 2 1 0 - 4

1st Period-1, Waterloo, Palmer 3 (Sorensen, Blümel), 4:12. 2, Des Moines, Lebster 23 (Walsh, Perbix), 7:39 (PP). Penalties-Blümel Wat (high sticking), 7:22; Sorensen Wat (checking from behind), 7:56; Palmer Wat (delay of game), 9:34; Starikov Dm (slashing), 13:26.

2nd Period-3, Waterloo, Ness 12 (Schingoethe, Firstov), 11:08. 4, Waterloo, Blümel 28 (Bengtsson), 14:27 (SH). 5, Des Moines, Brown 25 (Welsher), 16:12 (SH). 6, Des Moines, Mancinelli 11 (Russell, Clement), 16:32 (SH). Penalties-Palmer Wat (elbowing), 11:45; Schingoethe Wat (cross checking), 13:33; Walsh Dm (interference), 15:23.

3rd Period-7, Des Moines, Brown 26   10:48 (SH). 8, Waterloo, Palmer 4 (Michaelis, Guzzo), 13:38. Penalties-Paquette Dm (holding), 4:29; Cameron Wat (goalie interference), 4:59; Walsh Dm (high sticking), 7:06; Walsh Dm (high sticking), 9:27.

1st OT Period-9, Des Moines, Brickey 8 (Welsher, Proctor), 2:53. Penalties-No Penalties

Shots on Goal-Des Moines 14-6-8-6-34. Waterloo 4-14-13-6-37.
Power Play Opportunities-Des Moines 1 / 6; Waterloo 0 / 5.
Goalies-Des Moines, Durny 23-16-0-1 (37 shots-33 saves). Waterloo, Fear 13-11-5-0 (34 shots-29 saves).
A-2,631
Referees-Anthony Vikhter.
Linesmen-Josh Smith, Justin Esterly.