The Sioux City Musketeers took the lead in the early minutes, then overcame the Waterloo Black Hawks’ effort to tie the score in the mid-stages of Tuesday night’s matchup, pulling away again for a 6-3 win at Young Arena.
The decision, coupled with a Sioux Falls Stampede victory over the Lincoln Stars, leaves the Hawks and Stampede tied for second place in the USHL Western Conference. Both teams have four games remaining.
In Tuesday’s first period, the Black Hawks outshot the Musketeers 14-7, but went to intermission trailing 2-0. When a puck was batted down in front of the Waterloo net as Sioux City came up the ice in transition, Parker Ford pounced on it, steering his chance past Logan Stein’s right skate at 3:22. The Musketeers also converted a first period power play. Off the initial faceoff, the puck was caught on the right boards, but came free to Luke Johnson. The defenseman stepped up the slot and fired a glove-side shot to the top corner at 13:17.
Waterloo tied the game briefly in the second, but still found themselves behind going to the third. Matt Cameron got the Hawks’ offense going at 8:49 during a power play. Cameron stopped a sizzling pass from Vladislav Firstov near the goal post left of Ben Kraws, collecting himself to flip a shot over the Musketeer netminder. The equalizer came at 12:57 as Emil Ohrvall followed his initial shot to the netmouth to shovel in the rebound.
However, a Sioux City goal two minutes later nudged the Musketeers back to the lead. Ford fired in his second of the game, a one-timer from the right circle, setup by Martin Pospisil during a power play.
Two quick third period goals diminished the Hawks’ hopes for a comeback. Sioux City controlled the puck on an icing faceoff at 2:36 and Marcus Kallionkieli sent a pass across the face of the net for Bobby Brink to bang in. Kallionkieli scored himself just over a minute later after his first shot was blocked, but the puck came back to him in the slot.
Griffin Ness recorded the Hawks’ third power play goal of the evening at 8:06 on a play created from behind the net by Ohrvall. Yet a final Black Hawks’ power play in the closing moments of regulation only led to a shorthanded tally. Pospisil was tripped on his way to scoring an imminent empty-netter, so even though the puck did not slide between the pipes, the goal was awarded with 12.6 seconds to play.
The Hawks continue their important late-season homestand on Friday against the Chicago Steel at 7:05 p.m. The game features $2 concession specials, including pizza, hot dogs, and soda. It’s also the final OP College Night, sponsored by The Other Place Restaurants; tickets are $9 for college students with ID on game night or $8 if purchased in advance. To order, call the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680.
Sioux City 2 1 3 - 6
Waterloo 0 2 1 - 3
1st Period-1, Sioux City, Ford 18 (Steinmetz), 3:22. 2, Sioux City, Johnson 3 (Ford, Brink), 13:17 (PP). Penalties-Haskins Wat (tripping), 6:20; Szmagaj Wat (slashing), 13:04; Ford Sc (roughing), 13:55.
2nd Period-3, Waterloo, Cameron 5 (Schingoethe, Firstov), 8:49 (PP). 4, Waterloo, Öhrvall 31 (Blümel, Sorensen), 12:57 (PP). 5, Sioux City, Ford 19 (Pospisil, Kallionkieli), 14:58 (PP). Penalties-Firstov Wat (tripping), 3:49; Nilsson Sc (bench minor-too many men), 7:05; Steinmetz Sc (slashing), 11:14; Marooney Wat (slashing), 14:04.
3rd Period-6, Sioux City, Brink 34 (Pospisil, Kallionkieli), 2:36. 7, Sioux City, Kallionkieli 27 (Brink), 3:41. 8, Waterloo, Ness 15 (Öhrvall, Blümel), 8:06 (PP). 9, Sioux City, Pospisil 16 19:47 (SH EN). Penalties-Pospisil Sc (hooking), 6:26; Samuelsson Sc (interference), 18:45.
Shots on Goal-Sioux City 7-11-12-30. Waterloo 14-16-16-46.
Power Play Opportunities-Sioux City 2 / 4; Waterloo 3 / 5.
Goalies-Sioux City, Kraws 23-15-4-2 (46 shots-43 saves). Waterloo, Stein 16-6-1-0 (21 shots-16 saves); Moe 14-7-2-1 (8 shots-8 saves).
Referees-Ian McCambridge (94), Eric Krasnichuk.
Linesmen-Cameron Dykstra, Kris Delaney.