More often than not on Saturday, power plays led to goals during the Waterloo Black Hawks’ 7-5 win at Fox Valley Ice Arena against the Chicago Steel.
The Black Hawks hit the net three times on four tries while the Steel went three-for-six. Each team scored a pair of special teams goals during a wild second period.
The night had begun quietly; the opening 20 minutes were melting away before a flurry of goals sent Waterloo to intermission ahead 2-1. Vladislav Firstov had the first goal on a three-on-one rush. A Chicago shot at the other end clanked off the post, sending Emil Ohrvall up the ice with the puck. Ohrvall fed a pass to the top of the crease for Firstov to spike into the net at 15:58.
Chicago went to a power play on the following shift and capitalized on a blast from the high slot by Matteo Pietroniro 39 seconds later. However, Kyle Haskins swiped the puck from a Steel defender at the Chicago blue line and scored unassisted on a wrister from the left dot, generating a new lead for the visitors at 18:24.
In the first eight minutes of the second period, Waterloo added three goals. Hank Sorensen carried the puck into the right corner and centered, with Dane Montgomery finding the feed to score from the top of the crease at 2:42. Exactly four minutes later, Wyatt Schingoethe hit the net in transition during a power play, cutting in from the right circle. That goal chased Steel starting goaltender to the bench; less than a minute later, Mason Palmer scored on the first shot against Reilly Herbst, which the backup netminder got part of, but could not stop.
Chicago drew back within one by scoring the next three goals to make it 5-4. Nick Abruzzese finished a passing sequence with a three-on-two goal at 7:58. The next two Steel tallies came on the power play: Mathieu De St. Phalle went to the net to locate a puck which had come free at 12:30. At 14:10, Robert Mastrosimone added another from just outside the crease.
Matt Cameron stemmed the tide with 2:29 left in the period while the Hawks were on the advantage. Cameron had made a handoff to Firstov on the left wing boards, then went to slot. Firstov dipped toward the corner before turning toward the center of the ice and snaking a pass back to Cameron. His low shot beat Herbst between the netminder’s pads.
A third period Waterloo turnover gave the Steel their final goal. When the puck was mishandled on the wall left of the net, Gunnarwolfe Fontaine was the beneficiary, lifting his shot under the crossbar from just outside the blue paint.
One final power play conversion gave the Hawks the chance to ride out the closing minutes with a multigoal margin. With 4:55 to go, Sorensen’s low slap shot from the deep slot was tipped by Haskins for his second score of the night.
The Hawks are back on home ice Tuesday against the Sioux City Musketeers at 7:05 p.m. It’s Comic Con Night; fans dressed as their favorite superheroes will have the chance to win tickets to all of Waterloo’s playoff games. Fans age 21 and over can also enjoy $2 Coors Light during the game. For tickets, call the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680.
Waterloo 2 4 1 - 7
Chicago 1 3 1 - 5
1st Period-1, Waterloo, Firstov 24 (Öhrvall), 15:58. 2, Chicago, Pietroniro 18 (Mastrosimone, Abruzzese), 16:37 (PP). 3, Waterloo, Haskins 10 18:24. Penalties-Reiners Wat (tripping), 2:22; Waldron Wat (high sticking), 15:58; Schingoethe Wat (head contact), 19:04.
2nd Period-4, Waterloo, Montgomery 3 (Sorensen, Firstov), 2:42. 5, Waterloo, Schingoethe 11 6:42 (PP). 6, Waterloo, Palmer 5 (Sorensen, Montgomery), 7:39. 7, Chicago, Abruzzese 27 (Shea, Sarlo), 7:58. 8, Chicago, De St. Phalle 11 (Shea), 12:30 (PP). 9, Chicago, Mastrosimone 30 (Pietroniro, Fontaine), 14:10 (PP). 10, Waterloo, Cameron 4 (Firstov, Szmagaj), 17:31 (PP). Penalties-Spetz Chi (high sticking), 5:04; Ness Wat (hooking), 11:50; Bengtsson Wat (cross checking), 13:19; Reid Chi (tripping), 17:12.
3rd Period-11, Chicago, Fontaine 19 2:05. 12, Waterloo, Sorensen 8 (Öhrvall), 15:19 (PP). Penalties-Pietroniro Chi (cross checking), 13:21; Sorensen Wat (boarding), 15:57; Treloar Chi (bench minor-too many men), 17:01.
Shots on Goal-Waterloo 9-14-3-26. Chicago 6-6-9-21.
Power Play Opportunities-Waterloo 3 / 4; Chicago 3 / 6.
Goalies-Waterloo, Fear 16-11-6-1 (21 shots-16 saves). Chicago, Robbins 24-13-2-0 (15 shots-11 saves); Herbst 10-7-2-0 (11 shots-8 saves).
Linesmen-Richard Faron, Jeff Pacocha.