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Postgame Recap: Hawks Clinch Successful Homestand

By WBH, 11/23/19, 10:00PM CST

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Waterloo Stays Atop the Western Conference

The Waterloo Black Hawks won for the third time in four tries during a five-game sequence at Young Arena, doubling up the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders 4-2 on Saturday.

The Hawks methodically built a 4-0 lead, beginning when Xander Lamppa’s pass from below the icing line set up the only goal of the first period.  At 7:25, Lamppa looked like he was moving behind the net, but at the last moment, he dropped a pass to Griffin Ness.  The Waterloo captain stickhandled and flipped a close-range backhander past Derek Mullahy, who had dropped to the butterfly position.

The Hawks dominated most of the second period, limiting Cedar Rapids to two shots through the first 14 minutes and six total chances.

Connor Caponi build the lead to 2-0 at 7:37 of the second.  Ethan Szmagaj’s shot was turned away, but came to Caponi near the bottom of the right circle, and his sharp-angled chance took a favorable bounce between the pipes.

On a power play at the tail-end of the second, the Hawks struck again.  Ness sizzled a pass across the slot to Ryder Rolston, who was waiting at the left dot; Rolston snapped home a wrister with 20.2 seconds to go before the break. 

In the third, Ralston benefitted from a couple of bounces to score again 2:07.  His shot from the left circle was blocked, but instead of going into the corner, it hit a second RoughRider in front of the net, zigzagging past Derek Mullahy on the two deflections.

Not quite two minutes later, Cedar Rapids’ Jack Millar broke up Logan Stein’s shutout bid with a chance in transition from the left circle.  The RoughRiders capitalized for their second goal at the end of a long sequence in the Waterloo zone at 14:21.  A pass across the top of the crease found Jack O’Leary, who scored into an open side.

With under five minutes to play, Cedar Rapids went to a power play, which became a five-on-three advantage for nearly a minute when Waterloo was whistled for a second infraction.  However, the Hawks made it through the shorthanded situation, as well as 90 seconds of six-on-five time, to secure the victory.  The Black Hawks’ penalty killers ended the night five-for-five.

The same two teams match up again at Young Arena Thursday to conclude the homestand.  It will be the 20th consecutive time the two teams have played on Thanksgiving.  Bring a teddy bear and participate in the annual Teddy Bear Toss after the Black Hawks’ first goal, presented by K98.5 FM.  For tickets, call the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680 or click here.

Cedar Rapids 0 0 2 - 2
Waterloo 1 2 1 - 4

1st Period-1, Waterloo, Ness 3 (Lamppa, Gerrie), 7:25. Penalties-Belov Cr (elbowing), 1:04; Schingoethe Wat (hooking), 9:47; Gerrie Wat (high sticking), 18:24.

2nd Period-2, Waterloo, Caponi 8 (Lamppa, Szmagaj), 7:37. 3, Waterloo, Rolston 7 (Ness, Schingoethe), 19:39 (PP). Penalties-Bengtsson Wat (interference), 2:20; Suda Cr (interference), 2:44; Jutting Cr (holding the stick), 18:32; Meehan Cr (roughing), 18:32; Lamppa Wat (roughing), 18:32.

3rd Period-4, Waterloo, Rolston 8 (Ness, Psenicka), 2:07. 5, Cedar Rapids, Millar 3 (Posma), 3:41. 6, Cedar Rapids, O'Leary 4 (Jutting, Gotz), 14:21. Penalties-Drkulec Wat (tripping), 14:36; Ness Wat (hooking), 15:40.

Shots on Goal-Cedar Rapids 7-6-10-23. Waterloo 6-16-12-34.
Power Play Opportunities-Cedar Rapids 0 / 5; Waterloo 1 / 3.
Goalies-Cedar Rapids, Mullahy 6-5-1-0 (34 shots-30 saves). Waterloo, Stein 6-3-0-0 (23 shots-21 saves).
A-2,667
Referees-Jake Jackson.
Linesmen-John Rey, Aaron McCrary.