Despite overcoming a two-goal third period deficit Saturday, the Waterloo Black Hawks fell to the Sioux Falls Stampede, 5-4, at Sanford Premier Center.
Coming out of the second intermission, Waterloo trailed 3-1, but quickly changed those circumstances. Sioux Falls goaltender Jaxson Stauber stopped - but did not control - a Griffin Ness shot 21 seconds into the period. Joe Cassetti swooped in to lift the loose puck between the pipes.
The Hawks’ early momentum ebbed after an unassisted Sioux Falls goal from Brandon Chabrier on a long shot originating above the right wing circle two-and-a-half minutes later.
However, the Hawks leveled the score with two goals in a 17-second span before the period reached its midpoint. Matthew Argentina sped past a defender to fire the puck to the short-side, top corner over Stauber’s shoulder at 7:52. On the ensuing shift, Aaron Bohlinger tied the game when his try from the left point made it through traffic and into the net.
Sioux Falls broke the tie with the eventual winning goal at 10:24. With a pileup in the Waterloo crease, Garrett Pinoniemi flipped in a third chance after Gabriel Carriere had already made two saves.
It was the second time during the weekend that the Stampede edged Waterloo by a goal, following up on a 3-2 overtime decision Friday. The Hawks outshot their opponents by a healthy margin in both games; Saturday the chance advantage was 35-20.
The Stampede had recorded the opening goal, catching the Black Hawks in a bad change at 2:41 of the first period. Brian Carrabes carried the puck to the net on a two-on-none, and took the shot himself, flipping a backhander to the twine.
Kyle Haskins beat Stauber to tie it at 8:22. A three-on-two rush became a scramble when a Stampede defender fell down. Haskins paused, targeted the net from the right circle, and sent the water bottle flying from the top of the cage.
Sioux Falls did all the scoring in the second, seizing the lead at 3:20, when Cam MacDonald sent a shot from the left circle over starting netminder Logan Stein’s shoulder. Jakub Lewandowski added a power play goal at 14:13 when a partially blocked shot put him on position to score at the top of the crease.
The Hawks play their first home games of the new month next Friday and Saturday during the team’s annual John Deere Weekend. Tickets will be $8 for John Deere employees and their families when presented their John Deere ID at the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office. To order in advance, call the Hawks at (319) 291-7680.
Waterloo 1 0 3 - 4
Sioux Falls 1 2 2 - 5
1st Period-1, Sioux Falls, Carrabes 8 (Anderson), 1:11. 2, Waterloo, Haskins 10 (Rolston, Bengtsson), 8:22. Penalties-MacDonald Sf (slashing), 3:01; Heidemann Sf (cross checking), 10:05; Bengtsson Wat (interference), 14:54; Phillips Sf (high sticking), 18:48.
2nd Period-3, Sioux Falls, MacDonald 6 (Lewandowski), 3:20. 4, Sioux Falls, Lewandowski 7 (Carrabes, MacDonald), 14:14 (PP). Penalties-Phillips Sf (high sticking), 0:48; Cassetti Wat (roughing), 12:18.
3rd Period-5, Waterloo, Cassetti 7 (Ness), 0:21. 6, Sioux Falls, Chabrier 1 2:56. 7, Waterloo, Argentina 2 (Psenicka, Bengtsson), 7:52. 8, Waterloo, Bohlinger 4 (Gerrie), 8:09. 9, Sioux Falls, Pinoniemi 6 (Bakos), 10:24. Penalties-Bast Wat (tripping), 19:33.
Shots on Goal-Waterloo 12-13-10-35. Sioux Falls 7-8-5-20.
Power Play Opportunities-Waterloo 0 / 4; Sioux Falls 1 / 2.
Goalies-Waterloo, Stein 12-5-0-0 (16 shots-12 saves); Carriere 14-4-2-0 (4 shots-3 saves). Sioux Falls, Stauber 11-4-0-0 (35 shots-31 saves).
Referees-Andrew Bruggeman (14), Tyler Edwards.
Linesmen-Cameron Dykstra, Dwight Mack (40).