Six different Waterloo players scored and a dozen Black Hawks notched a point at Young Arena on Saturday during a 6-2 victory against the Des Moines Buccaneers.
The win completed a weekend sweep of the Bucs following a 5-3 Hawks road win Friday. Saturday’s result was also the 20th Waterloo win in 2019/20. It’s the first time since 2013/14 that the club has won 20 games before January 1st.
The Black Hawks dented the net at 5:44 of the opening frame. Patrick Guzzo was unable to complete a wraparound attempt, but the puck came to the top of the crease on the play. Xander Lamppa was waiting there, and as he was being knocked down, Lamppa swatted a chance past goalie Cameron Rowe.
Des Moines tied the game at 10:26 as Noah Ellis strode into the offensive zone to score on a wrist shot from the left circle. However, Waterloo went back ahead at 15:16 on a go-ahead tally created by Ryder Rolston. Stepping around a defender on right wing, Rolston moved to the net through the right circle. He slipped a pass to Kyle Haskins steaming up the opposite wing, leaving Haskins with an open side to score.
Patrick Guzzo gave the Black Hawks their first multigoal lead 5:33 into the second period. Lamppa rimmed a pass up the right boards, and Guzzo let it go past so the puck could find its way to Ryan Drkulec on the end wall. Meanwhile, Guzzo went to the top of the crease where he received Drkulec’s quick feed, scoring on a bang-bang chance.
Kristof Papp answered from close range at 8:57 just after a Buccaneer power play ended.
Undeterred, Waterloo claimed the late minutes of the second to build the lead to 5-2 at the second intermission. Joe Cassetti scored on a partial breakaway with a low shot that eluded Rowe at 15:46. A persistent follow-up shift led to a tap-in rebound goal by Griffin Ness at 17:27.
Rolston added one more to cap the big offensive performance in the third. At 8:45, Wyatt Schingoethe was moving behind the Bucs’ net and feathered a pass to Rolston waiting at the hash mark of the right circle. His one-touch shot was a dart which stuck in the net against the back bar of the goal.
The Hawks now turn their attention to the Madison Capitols who visit on Tuesday. The annual New Year’s Eve game at Young Arena begins at 6:05 p.m. and is presented by 97.7 KCRR, THE Classic Rock Station. Good seats are still available; to order, call the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680.
Des Moines 1 1 0 - 2
Waterloo 2 3 1 - 6
1st Period-1, Waterloo, Lamppa 10 (Guzzo, Drkulec), 5:44. 2, Des Moines, Ellis 5 (Nevers, Choupani), 10:26. 3, Waterloo, Haskins 7 (Rolston, Bohlinger), 15:16. Penalties-Paine Dm (roughing), 1:33; Lamppa Wat (roughing), 1:33; Jeannette Wat (hooking), 15:58.
2nd Period-4, Waterloo, Guzzo 7 (Drkulec, Lamppa), 5:33. 5, Des Moines, Papp 11 (Laferriere, Paine), 8:57. 6, Waterloo, Cassetti 3 (Argentina, Szmagaj), 15:46. 7, Waterloo, Ness 6 (Bohlinger, Psenicka), 17:27. Penalties-Caponi Wat (elbowing), 6:35; Ellis Dm (interference), 9:40; Mancinelli Dm (hooking), 9:44; Drkulec Wat (hooking), 9:48; Haskins Wat (head contact), 19:15.
3rd Period-8, Waterloo, Rolston 12 (Schingoethe, Lamppa), 8:45. Penalties-Schingoethe Wat (hooking), 6:24.
Shots on Goal-Des Moines 12-14-7-33. Waterloo 14-23-13-50.
Power Play Opportunities-Des Moines 0 / 4; Waterloo 0 / 1.
Goalies-Des Moines, Rowe 9-8-1-0 (50 shots-44 saves). Waterloo, Stein 9-3-0-0 (33 shots-31 saves).
Referees-Katie Guay, Ted Anstett.
Linesmen-Cameron McCambridge, Christoper Murray.