The Waterloo Black Hawks pulled Friday’s matchup out of the fire at L.C. Walker Arena, using a four goal third period to rally past the Muskegon Lumberjacks 5-3.
Trailing 3-1 when the period began, Kyle Haskins cued the rally at 4:46. Taking the puck in his own zone, Haskins skated up left wing and triggered a shot from near the top of the circle that beat Brandon Bussi high to the glove side. It was Haskins’ second goal of the night.
The Hawks tied it at 9:13 when Muskegon missed an opportunity to clear their end. Ryan Drkulec dug the puck off the right wing boards, sending a pass to Zach Michaelis in the slot. Michaelis followed Haskins’ example and picked the top corner for his first USHL goal.
Just 3:12 remained when Wyatt Schingoethe gave the Hawks their first lead. Haskins swept a pass to him from left-to-right into the slot, and Bussi could not keep Schingoethe’s shot out, despite getting a piece of the puck. Griffin Ness added an empty-netter with 1:27 to go.
Jared Moe earned the win stopping 35 of 38 shots in his first action since sustaining an injury in a game on January 24th.
The Lumberjacks led for most of the night, nudging in front for the first time after successfully killing the Black Hawks’ first power play, scoring in an ensuing shift off an offensive zone faceoff win. Alex Yakovenko navigated the left circle to wrist his shot past Moe.
Haskins tied it at 13:54. The Hawks forward chased down his dump in along the end boards, turning to spin his shot from a sharp angle past Bussi. However, Muskegon went back in front in the final two minutes before intermission on a power play redirection by Ryan Savage.
The Lumberjacks extended their lead in the second period, thanks to successful passing on a three-on-one rush at 11:04. Oliver MacDonald slung a pass right-to-left for Max Ellis; Ellis sent it the other direction to Savage, who knocked it into an open side.
Waterloo’s weekend trip to the east continues on Saturday when the Hawks visit the Chicago Steel.
Waterloo 1 0 4 - 5
Muskegon 2 1 0 - 3
1st Period-1, Muskegon, Yakovenko 18 (Gaffney, Sullivan), 5:55. 2, Waterloo, Haskins 8 13:54. 3, Muskegon, Savage 15 (Bukes, Yakovenko), 18:03 (PP). Penalties-McIsaac Mus (checking from behind), 2:38; Paul Wat (roughing), 9:54; Afanasyev Mus (roughing), 9:54; Palmer Wat (roughing), 11:23; Hakkarainen Mus (high sticking), 11:42; Sorensen Wat (head contact), 17:44.
2nd Period-4, Muskegon, Savage 16 (MacDonald, Ellis), 11:04. Penalties-Haskins Wat (hooking), 0:50; Bukes Mus (slashing), 1:59; Lamppa Wat (hooking), 7:18; Hakkarainen Mus (tripping), 13:24; MacDonald Mus (slashing), 14:53; Ness Wat (slashing), 17:07; Paul Wat (cross checking), 19:31.
3rd Period-5, Waterloo, Haskins 9 4:46. 6, Waterloo, Michaelis 1 (Drkulec), 9:13. 7, Waterloo, Schingoethe 10 (Sorensen, Haskins), 16:48. 8, Waterloo, Ness 14 (Sorensen, Blümel), 18:33 (EN). Penalties-Joshua Mus (head contact), 5:53; Montgomery Wat (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 19:43; Ellis Mus (major-spearing), 19:43; Ellis Mus (game misconduct-spearing), 20:00.
Shots on Goal-Waterloo 12-9-11-32. Muskegon 17-10-11-38.
Power Play Opportunities-Waterloo 0 / 7; Muskegon 1 / 6.
Goalies-Waterloo, Moe 14-7-2-1 (38 shots-35 saves). Muskegon, Bussi 31-12-3-1 (31 shots-27 saves).
Referees-Kevin Corbett, Brian Hankes.
Linesmen-Nick Huff, Bryan Gorcoff.