A string of three consecutive Tri-City Storm goals sent the visitors on their way to a 4-3 win over the Waterloo Black Hawks at Young Arena Tuesday.
Waterloo led 2-1 midway through the second period, when momentum turned on a power play conversion. Colby Ambrosio tied the game with his second goal of the night at 12:10, moving across the slot to score from the right circle on a shot that went in off the crossbar. The Storm then went to the lead for the first time on a breakaway goal by Joey Cipollone at 17:04.
Tri-City added a crucial insurance tally at 2:15 of the third period when Carter Mazur dropped a pass to trailing defenseman Mitchell Miller. Taking aim from the right circle, Miller beat Gabriel Carriere to the blocker side.
Kyle Haskins gave the Hawks a chance to come back by answering at 9:14. Stepping across the top of the crease, Haskins kept the puck away from goalie Todd Scott before lifting his shot under the crossbar.
In the first period, Griffin Ness had scored his third goal in Waterloo’s three-game, five-day sequence against the Storm, opening the night’s offense at 10:43. Ness got around a defender on the right boards and sped across the blue line. The Hawk captain fired his shot past Scott’s blocker from just above the faceoff dot.
Ambrosio tied it with a chance from the bottom of the left circle at 5:57 of the second. Waterloo went back to the lead less than two minutes later when Dane Montgomery was hooked on a breakaway. He converted the resulting penalty shot, going to his backhand to flip his attempt past Scott.
The Black Hawks go on the road this weekend to meet the Dubuque Fighting Saints on Friday and Saturday. Both games will count toward the Dupaco Cowbell Cup standings.
Tri-City 0 3 1 - 4
Waterloo 1 1 1 - 3
1st Period-1, Waterloo, Ness 9 (Belpedio, Montgomery), 10:43. Penalties-Ness Wat (hooking), 6:26; Bohlinger Wat (hooking), 14:51; Ambrosio Tc (holding), 18:55.
2nd Period-2, Tri-City, Ambrosio 18 (Knies), 5:57. 3, Waterloo, Montgomery 3 7:33 (PS). 4, Tri-City, Ambrosio 19 (Koster, Knies), 12:10 (PP). 5, Tri-City, Cipollone 1 (Eckerle, Miller), 17:04. Penalties-Bast Wat (hooking), 0:33; Engum Wat (interference), 11:21; Murphy Tc (roughing), 13:55; Reiners Wat (roughing), 13:55; Argentina Wat (slashing), 17:04.
3rd Period-6, Tri-City, Miller 3 (Mazur), 2:15. 7, Waterloo, Haskins 9 (Reiners, Lamppa), 9:14. Penalties-No Penalties
Shots on Goal-Tri-City 9-16-7-32. Waterloo 11-12-8-31.
Power Play Opportunities-Tri-City 1 / 4; Waterloo 0 / 1.
Goalies-Tri-City, Scott 1-1-0-0 (31 shots-28 saves). Waterloo, Carriere 13-3-1-0 (32 shots-28 saves).
Referees-Eric Krasnichuk, Jeffrey Parker.
Linesmen-Bill Hancock (91), Cameron Dykstra.