A late-second period scoring spurt gave the Chicago Steel a lead they wouldn’t relinquish during a 3-1 win against the Waterloo Black Hawks Friday at Young Arena.
The game was scoreless until the final four minutes of the second period, but when the first puck went in, the second was quick to follow. Chicago’s Josiah Slavin danced around a check through the right circle, getting to the top of the crease to slip a low shot past Jared Moe at 16:36. Twenty-four seconds later, Gunnarwolfe Fontaine made almost the same move to score on a similar shot, doubling the count before intermission.
After both teams had been unable to convert any of seven combined power plays during the first 40 minutes, the Steel had a breakthrough in the third. Following a near turnover in the Chicago zone, the Steel hustled the puck up the rink, with a drop pass coming to Owen Power. The defenseman fired his shot between the pipes from the left circle at 4:09.
Waterloo’s only goal came almost four minutes later. Xander Lamppa tried a wraparound at the post left of Steel goalie Reilly Herbst. The puck slid across the crease to the opposite post where Ryan Drkulec stuffed it in.
Both teams finished with 33 shots on net; Herbst claimed the victory with 32 saves.
Waterloo’s weekend continues on home ice Saturday when the Hawks host the Omaha Lancers at 7:05 p.m. During intermission, 500 lucky fans will catch a free t-shirt thrown into the crowd, courtesy of Next Generation Wireless. It’s also the Black Hawks’ last Family 4 Pack Night of the season; the package includes four attack zone tickets, four Hy-Vee brats or mac and cheese portions, four sodas, and four chuck-a-pucks for $48. To order, call the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680.
Chicago 0 2 1 - 3
Waterloo 0 0 1 - 1
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Cameron Wat (tripping), 1:24; Quisenberry Chi (tripping), 11:47; Ness Wat (hooking), 15:58; Spetz Chi (roughing), 18:17.
2nd Period-1, Chicago, Slavin 22 (De St. Phalle, Ruikka), 16:36. 2, Chicago, Fontaine 20 (Robbins), 17:00. Penalties-Lagerback Wat (hooking), 8:17; Reiners Wat (tripping), 11:38; Slavin Chi (boarding), 18:40.
3rd Period-3, Chicago, Power 10 (De St. Phalle, Robbins), 4:09 (PP). 4, Waterloo, Drkulec 12 (Lamppa, Lagerback), 8:07. Penalties-Montgomery Wat (slashing), 2:16; Drkulec Wat (roughing, 10-minute misconduct), 19:55.
Shots on Goal-Chicago 11-11-11-33. Waterloo 10-13-14-37.
Power Play Opportunities-Chicago 1 / 6; Waterloo 0 / 3.
Goalies-Chicago, Herbst 11-7-2-0 (37 shots-36 saves). Waterloo, Moe 14-8-2-1 (33 shots-30 saves).
Referees-Nolan Bloyer, Andrew Rasky.
Linesmen-Patrick Giles, Jeff Pacocha.