For the second consecutive night, the Waterloo Black Hawks edged the Tri-City Storm at Viaero Center in Kearney, Nebraska; Saturday’s 3-2 final matched the count from 24 hours earlier..
Defenseman Luke Bast rang up the first goal of the night at 17:45 of the first. Bast received Kyle Haskins’ drop pass and stepped into a shot from the right circle, beating Todd Scott through traffic.
At 12:54 of the second, Tri-City tied the game on a power play. Matthew Knies’ circle-to-circle pass found Colby Ambrosio with an open side on left wing. One minute, 17 seconds later, Waterloo went back to the lead. Jacob Bengtsson feigned a shot from the left point; his pass found Griffin Ness coming out of the opposite corner, and Ness spiked in his chance from close range.
Ness helped create a crucial insurance goal at 7:13 of the third. Tying up the puck behind the Storm net, he bought time for Waterloo to get organized in the offensive zone, eventually pulling it free and skating to the slot. After moving all the way across the face of goal, he put an attempt toward the net, and Wyatt Schingoethe got there to stuff it in.
That proved to be the winning tally; the Storm drew back within one goal 1:39 later. Chase McLane batted a puck out of midair and into an open side following a Storm faceoff win in the Waterloo zone.
Logan Stein stopped 14 other Tri-City shots in the third to preserve the win. The Storm outshot the Black Hawks in every period and by a final count of 39-21, forcing 37 saves from the Hawks’ netminder.
The same teams meet on Tuesday at Young Arena for a 7:05 matchup on the 25th anniversary of the first game played in the building. The first 1,000 fans will receive a commemorative keychain presented by Famous Dave’s, and if attendance reaches 2,500, everyone will receive a free Famous Dave’s appetizer. Also, hot dogs, nachos, and soft drinks will be $2 on game night. For tickets, call the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680.
Waterloo 1 1 1 - 3
Tri-City 0 1 1 - 2
1st Period-1, Waterloo, Bast 3 (Haskins), 17:45. Penalties-No Penalties
2nd Period-2, Tri-City, Ambrosio 17 (Knies, McLane), 12:54 (PP). 3, Waterloo, Ness 8 (Bengtsson), 14:11. Penalties-Ambrosio Tc (head contact), 0:11; Lamppa Wat (slashing), 0:30; Schingoethe Wat (head contact), 9:08; Engum Wat (cross checking, roughing), 11:57; Szmagaj Wat (roughing), 11:57; Estapa Tc (roughing), 11:57; Murphy Tc (roughing), 11:57.
3rd Period-4, Waterloo, Schingoethe 10 (Ness), 7:13. 5, Tri-City, McLane 2 (Ambrosio), 8:52. Penalties-Ambrosio Tc (bench minor-too many men), 2:35; Engum Wat (hooking), 10:04.
Shots on Goal-Waterloo 9-4-8-21. Tri-City 12-12-15-39.
Power Play Opportunities-Waterloo 0 / 4; Tri-City 1 / 4.
Goalies-Waterloo, Stein 11-4-0-0 (39 shots-37 saves). Tri-City, Scott 0-1-0-0 (21 shots-18 saves).
Referees-Rocco Stachowiak, Trevor Wohlford.
Linesmen-Default Linesman, Pete Jenkin.