Logan Stein earned a pair of notable distinctions with his Thanksgiving night performance against the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders as the Waterloo Black Hawks prevailed 4-0 at Young Arena.
With 26 saves, Stein became the fourth Waterloo goalie to earn a shutout during the annual Thanksgiving game, joining Robbie Beydoun (2016), Phil Osaer (1997), and Jim Coyle (1966). Stein is also the fourth Hawks netminder with two wins during the traditional holiday game. Cal Petersen (2012 and 2013) had been the most recent, with C.J. Motte (2009 and 2010) and Coyle (five Thanksgiving wins) also claiming the achievement.
Stein preserved the shutout with 11 third period saves; it was his busiest frame of the night. He also helped Waterloo quash three Cedar Rapids power plays, while the Hawks went two-for-two on the advantage.
For the first time since Thanksgiving 2014, Waterloo fans were able to begin the annual Teddy Bear Toss in the first period. The Hawks’ opening goal came at 4:32. Xander Lamppa was waiting between the left wing circle and the top of the crease; he deflected Jacob Bengtsson’s low shot to the opposite top corner of the net.
Just over three minutes later, the Hawks capitalized again on another chance originating from the left point. Ethan Szmagaj’s try came off the end wall and Connor Caponi kicked it to the top of the crease. That’s where Kyle Haskins pounced to lift a backhander under the crossbar.
The Hawks added two more in the second period. At 5:56, Bengtsson didn’t get all of a shot from the top of the right circle, but he got enough. The fluttering chance went over the shoulder of Derek Mullahy to build the lead.
Then during a power play with just under five minutes left before intermission, Griffin Ness slung a pass from the side of the net to Ryder Rolston in the left circle. Rolston put the puck between the pipes before Mullahy could move from left to right.
Thursday’s win was the Hawks’ fourth during a season-long homestand. After five consecutive home games, the Black Hawks now go on the road Friday to visit the Des Moines Buccaneers at 7:05.
Cedar Rapids 0 0 0 - 0
Waterloo 2 2 0 - 4
1st Period-1, Waterloo, Lamppa 5 (Bengtsson, Szmagaj), 4:32. 2, Waterloo, Haskins 4 (Caponi, Szmagaj), 7:46 (PP). Penalties-Mayorov Cr (bench minor-too many men), 6:16.
2nd Period-3, Waterloo, Bengtsson 2 (Haskins, Schingoethe), 5:56. 4, Waterloo, Rolston 9 (Lamppa, Ness), 15:02 (PP). Penalties-Reiners Wat (roughing), 7:33; Gotz Cr (tripping), 14:09; Argentina Wat (slashing), 16:55.
3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Schingoethe Wat (slashing), 6:42.
Shots on Goal-Cedar Rapids 7-8-13-28. Waterloo 12-13-10-35.
Power Play Opportunities-Cedar Rapids 0 / 3; Waterloo 2 / 2.
Goalies-Cedar Rapids, Shmakov 4-3-0-0 (12 shots-10 saves); Mullahy 6-5-1-0 (23 shots-21 saves). Waterloo, Stein 7-3-0-0 (28 shots-28 saves).
Referees-Logan Gruhl, J.R. Stragar.
Linesmen-Sam Rankin, Cameron Dykstra.