A 27-save shutout by Gabriel Carriere sent the Waterloo Black Hawks into the holidays with a 3-0 win against the Omaha Lancers Saturday at Ralston Arena.
It looked like every save would be vital as the teams played nearly 53 minutes without a goal. Waterloo had a 12-9 edge in shots during the first period, but the Lancers had a dozen in the second, while holding the Hawks to seven.
The only power plays of the game resulted from second period penalties; Omaha went on the advantage twice, while Waterloo was turned away on their only opportunity.
Griffin Ness provided the scoring breakthrough at 12:56 of the third. Cutting to the net through the left circle, his initial shot was stopped by Kyle McClellan. The puck slid out of the crease into the right circle, but Xander Lamppa spun it back to Ness. With McClellan still down, the Black Hawk captain took his time to flip in the go-ahead goal.
Just 12 seconds later, the Hawks made it 2-0. On the ensuing faceoff, Brehdan Engum sent the puck on net from center, and McClellan turned it away into the corner at his right. John Waldron dashed up the boards to dig the puck out, setting up a Kyle Haskins shot from a sharp angle. McClellan stopped that, but the rebound came off of him into the slot, where Wyatt Schingoethe pounced to double the lead.
With just over three minute remaining and an extra Omaha attacker on the ice, Ness sent the puck up the ice and into an open net from his own blue line to help seal the win. It was the second consecutive night in which a three-goal third period lifted Waterloo past the Lancers. On Friday, a big finish had helped the Hawks to a 5-3 win.
Waterloo is now off for the United States Hockey League’s holiday break. The Black Hawks return to action Friday, December 27th on the road against the Des Moines Buccaneers.
Waterloo 0 0 3 - 3
Omaha 0 0 0 - 0
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties
2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Hilsendager Oma (boarding), 1:18; Bast Wat (slashing), 3:55; Engum Wat (kneeing), 9:51.
3rd Period-1, Waterloo, Ness 4 (Lamppa), 12:56. 2, Waterloo, Schingoethe 8 (Haskins, Waldron), 13:08. 3, Waterloo, Ness 5 (Schingoethe, Reiners), 16:54 (EN). Penalties-Argentina Wat (roughing), 18:06; Mobley Oma (roughing), 18:06.
Shots on Goal-Waterloo 12-7-13-32. Omaha 9-12-6-27.
Power Play Opportunities-Waterloo 0 / 1; Omaha 0 / 2.
Goalies-Waterloo, Carriere 10-2-1-0 (27 shots-27 saves). Omaha, McClellan 3-5-3-0 (31 shots-29 saves).