For the second consecutive night, the Waterloo Black Hawks scored six goals to earn a home ice win at Young Arena; Saturday they defeated USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program 6-1.
On Friday, Waterloo had defeated the Muskegon Lumberjacks 6-5 in in overtime during a wild game which nearly slipped away late. Saturday, they were on top the whole way.
Griffin Ness blasted the Black Hawks to the lead early. During a power play 3:31 into the game, Jacob Bengtsson set up the Waterloo captain for a shot from the left circle. Ness beat Gibson Homer sliding from left-to-right. It was the seventh point of the weekend for Ness, who had a hat trick plus three assists Friday.
After intermission, another goal early in a period doubled the Hawks’ lead. Dane Montgomery’s chance was denied, but he went behind the net to generate another opportunity. Montgomery spilled the puck to Wyatt Schingoethe; his touch-feed clicked with Quinn Rudrud, who fired a shot in off the crossbar at 1:09.
Waterloo broke the game open with an outburst in the third period. The surge started when Schingoethe set up Ryan Drkulec at 3:02. Schingoethe retrieved an errant shot behind the cage to create Drkulec’s chance from the top of the crease.
Just over two minutes later, Ness swiped a puck near his own blue line and scooted up the ice to capitalize on a breakaway backhander. Then Keighan Gerrie hit the top corner at 6:53, squeezing in a shot from a challenging angle below the right faceoff dot.
Drkulec added one more power play goal at 10:40, pouncing on a puck which had sprung off the end boards on Xander Lamppa’s attempt in transition.
Goaltender Logan Stein was less than two minutes from securing a shutout when the NTDP’s Jeremy Wilmer redirected a pass during a late power play; just 1:22 remained. Stein made 18 saves for the win.
The Black Hawks are on the road next weekend for a pair of games against the Sioux Falls Stampede.
Team USA 0 0 1 - 1
Waterloo 1 1 4 - 6
1st Period-1, Waterloo, Ness 13 (Bengtsson, Lamppa), 3:31 (PP). Penalties-Wilmer Usa (slashing), 2:40; Rolston Wat (cross checking), 8:00; Devine Usa (holding), 17:19.
2nd Period-2, Waterloo, Rudrud 1 (Schingoethe, Montgomery), 1:09. Penalties-Pastujov Usa (roughing), 4:25; Szmagaj Wat (roughing), 4:25; Wilmer Usa (tripping), 4:33; Janicke Usa (charging), 7:56; Ness Wat (tripping), 12:17; Devine Usa (roughing), 17:18; Argentina Wat (roughing), 17:18; Murchison Usa (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 20:00; Argentina Wat (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 20:00.
3rd Period-3, Waterloo, Drkulec 8 (Schingoethe, Psenicka), 3:02. 4, Waterloo, Ness 14 5:24. 5, Waterloo, Gerrie 2 (Szmagaj, Waldron), 6:52. 6, Waterloo, Drkulec 9 (Lamppa, Bengtsson), 10:40 (PP). 7, Team USA, Wilmer 5 (Hughes, Hreschuk), 18:38 (PP). Penalties-Schingoethe Wat (holding), 0:40; Lamppa Wat (slashing), 8:22; Hreschuk Usa (tripping), 9:54; Argentina Wat (major-charging), 17:44; Boucher Usa (roughing), 19:38; Reiners Wat (roughing), 19:38.
Shots on Goal-Team USA 6-8-5-19. Waterloo 8-10-10-28.
Power Play Opportunities-Team USA 1 / 5; Waterloo 2 / 5.
Goalies-Team USA, Homer 3-8-1-0 (16 shots-14 saves); Mbereko 8-4-0-0 (12 shots-8 saves). Waterloo, Stein 12-5-0-0 (19 shots-18 saves).
Referees-Sam Heidemann (6).
Linesmen-Aaron McCrary, Matt Heinen.