Ryder Rolston scored 2:23 into overtime Saturday to give the Waterloo Black Hawks their second 4-3 win in as many nights against the Omaha Lancers at Young Arena.
During three-on-three action leading up to the winning score, Waterloo maintained possession through a line change, with the puck coming to the left wing boards. Ralston worked away from traffic back to the top of the circles; he cut from left to right, lifting a shot back to the top corner and into the net to lock up a four-point weekend.
The Hawks’ win came after a third period comeback by the Lancers which included two goals in two-and-a-half minutes. Logan Will went to the top of the crease after Omaha had forced the puck up the wall and into the left corner. Chase Bradley zipped a pass to Will, who lifted it to the net from close range. After that goal at 9:48, the Lancers followed up at 12:18 when a pass from circle-to-circle left Jackson Decker with no one around. Decker beat Logan Stein with a shot to the Hawk netminder’s right.
Waterloo had opened the scoring with a first period goal for the first time since October 19th 3:22 into Saturday’s game. Ryan Drkulec carried the puck from the left boards to the slot for an initial chance; Patrick Guzzo cashed in on the rebound which Drkulec’s shot created, putting the puck between the pipes from a sharp angle below the right faceoff dot.
Omaha tied the game at 8:59 when Christian Berger’s tipped shot landed at the top of the crease for a tap in by Ryan Lautenbach.
A four-on-four goal pushed the Black Hawks back to the lead at 14:43. Aaron Bohlinger zipped around a defender and to the front of the net through the left circle. Initially looking as though he would cut across the top of the crease, Bohlinger hesitated and squeezed a shot past Kyle McClellan to the short side.
Near the end of the opening period, Waterloo preserved the lead despite being two men shorthanded for 1:42. The entire second frame followed without additional scoring, despite power play time for both teams.
The Hawks notched the only special teams goal of the night at 1:19 of the third. With Waterloo on a power play and traffic near the net, Luke Bast blasted a shot into the cage from the deep slot.
The Hawks continue their five-game homestand Friday against the Dubuque Fighting Saints. The first 500 kids in attendance age 4 to 12 will receive this season’s free youth hockey jersey, presented by SCHEELS, Christie Door Company, and KWWL. For tickets, call the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680.
Omaha 1 0 2 0 - 3
Waterloo 2 0 1 1 - 4
1st Period-1, Waterloo, Guzzo 6 (Drkulec, Reiners), 3:22. 2, Omaha, Lautenbach 2 (Bradley, Berger), 8:59. 3, Waterloo, Bohlinger 3 (Rolston, Stein), 14:43. Penalties-Randl Oma (roughing), 12:43; Ness Wat (roughing), 12:43; Bengtsson Wat (holding), 17:05; Guzzo Wat (high sticking), 17:23; Mitton Oma (checking from behind), 19:29.
2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Will Oma (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 4:32; Engum Wat (slashing), 7:02; Sorkin Oma (hooking), 12:02; Argentina Wat (hooking), 17:27; Sorkin Oma (head contact), 20:00.
3rd Period-4, Waterloo, Bast 1 (Szmagaj, Schingoethe), 1:19 (PP). 5, Omaha, Will 2 (Bradley, Sutton), 9:48. 6, Omaha, Decker 4 (Lautenbach, Kodsi), 12:18. Penalties-Decker Oma (roughing), 0:14; Lamppa Wat (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 0:14.
1st OT Period-7, Waterloo, Rolston 6 (Drkulec, Szmagaj), 2:23. Penalties-No Penalties
Shots on Goal-Omaha 8-8-7-1-24. Waterloo 10-11-17-2-40.
Power Play Opportunities-Omaha 0 / 4; Waterloo 1 / 4.
Goalies-Omaha, McClellan 3-3-1-0 (40 shots-36 saves). Waterloo, Stein 5-3-0-0 (24 shots-21 saves).
Referees-Brian Hankes, John Linder (78).
Linesmen-Greg Offerman (55), Cameron Dykstra.