Logan Stein made one goal stand up on Saturday, and the Waterloo Black Hawks won the first game at Young Arena this season, 1-0 against the Tri-City Storm.
Stein stopped 26 shots for the second shutout of his USHL career. His effort early in the game was particularly notable; the Storm recorded six of the first seven shots during the game, all coming within the first four minutes of action.
Waterloo’s penalty-killing was also commendable. The Hawks denied all six Storm power plays, including a four minute double-minor against Ethan Szmagaj during the early minutes of the third.
Nonetheless, Saturday’s only goal still came during a Storm power play. Twenty seconds into the second period, Waterloo’s Patrick Guzzo seized control of the puck near his own blue line before rushing up the rink into the Tri-City end. Dodging a sliding Storm defender, Guzzo slipped a pass to Connor Caponi moving into the left circle. Caponi snapped his chance past Daniel Allin, who stopped Waterloo’s other 29 shots during the game.
It was the second consecutive night Caponi opened a game with a shorthanded goal. Friday, he had done the same thing to send Waterloo off on the way to a 4-3 win against the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders.
The Hawks are now idle until next Saturday’s game against the Des Moines Buccaneers. That night, fans can enjoy a Hy-Vee Family Four Pack for $48, including four tickets, four sodas, four Hy-Vee entrees (brats or mac and cheese), and more. The first 1,000 in attendance will also receive a 2019/20 Black Hawks schedule poster, presented by Karen’s Print Rite. For tickets, call the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680.
Tri-City 0 0 0 - 0
Waterloo 0 1 0 - 1
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Reiners Wat (holding), 5:38; Kinnear Tc (cross checking), 14:31; Schingoethe Wat (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 14:31; Molenaar Tc (roughing), 15:54; Lamppa Wat (kneeing), 18:48; Estapa Tc (slashing), 18:58; Engum Wat (roughing), 18:58.
2nd Period-1, Waterloo, Caponi 3 (Guzzo, Reiners), 0:20 (SH). Penalties-Bast Wat (cross checking), 3:43; Rudrud Wat (slashing), 15:15; Bast Wat (tripping), 17:47.
3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Mazur Tc (tripping), 0:17; Szmagaj Wat (high sticking dbl minor), 3:14.
Shots on Goal-Tri-City 13-7-6-26. Waterloo 11-7-12-30.
Power Play Opportunities-Tri-City 0 / 7; Waterloo 0 / 2.
Goalies-Tri-City, Allin 1-1-1-1 (30 shots-29 saves). Waterloo, Stein 2-0-0-0 (26 shots-26 saves).
Linesmen-Davids Rozitis, Michael Zalot.