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Postgame Recap: Second is the Best for Hawks

By WBH, 02/08/20, 11:00PM CST

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Ness Produces Another Big Night

The Waterloo Black Hawks seized control in the second period of Saturday’s game against the Fargo Force, using the middle 20 minutes to power themselves to a 5-2 victory at Young Arena.

The matchup was scoreless through one frame, but Ryan Drkulec changed that just 19 seconds after intermission.  During a power play, Griffin Ness crossed the blue line and set up Drkulec’s half slap shot one-timer, which beat Cole Brady from the left circle.  It was the first of four goals scored in transition by Waterloo during the period.

At 2:47, Joe Cassetti and Ryder Rolston crisscrossed coming up the rink, with Cassetti feeding Rolston to score on a fluttering chance which went over Brady’s shoulder.  Later, the Force netminder had little hope of stopping Ness’ try from a similar location when Wyatt Schingoethe connected with the Black Hawks captain during a two-on-one at 7:47.

Fargo clawed back within two briefly at 17:25; Mason Salquist benefitted from a tipped pass which led to a power play tap-in.

However, the Hawks were back on the move and back ahead by three less than a minute later.  Luke Bast toted the puck across the Fargo blue line, starting and finishing a passing sequence which resulted in a score at 18:14.  The defenseman found Kyle Haskins at his right, and in turn, Haskins passed circle-to-circle to Ness.  From the left ring, Ness put the puck back on Bast’s stick to shovel in a goal from the top of the crease.

Ness picked up his fourth point of the game at 6:29 of the third.  Stretching the ice diagonally, he breakout pass sent Patrick Guzzo in a alone against Brady, and Guzzo backhanded his attempt past the goalie’s glove side.

The Force recorded the night’s final goal at 16:27 as Oliver MacDonald dented the net during a power play.

Waterloo returns to action after a short break, taking on the Dubuque Fighting Saints Tuesday night at Young Arena.  All fans in attendances are invited to enjoy $2 hot dogs, nachos, and soft drinks during the game.  For tickets, call the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680.

Fargo 0 1 1 - 2
Waterloo 0 4 1 - 5

1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Bast Wat (cross checking), 3:03; Drkulec Wat (tripping), 10:22; Kramer Fgo (slashing), 11:35; Fiedler Fgo (cross checking), 19:22.

2nd Period-1, Waterloo, Drkulec 10 (Ness, Bast), 0:19 (PP). 2, Waterloo, Rolston 15 (Cassetti, Bohlinger), 2:47. 3, Waterloo, Ness 15 (Schingoethe, Montgomery), 7:47. 4, Fargo, Salquist 12 (MacDonald, Breen), 17:25 (PP). 5, Waterloo, Bast 4 (Ness, Haskins), 18:14. Penalties-Fiedler Fgo (interference), 0:35; Crossley Fgo (cross checking), 4:13; Lamppa Wat (interference), 4:13; Bohlinger Wat (tripping), 12:35; Lamppa Wat (slashing), 16:21; Belpedio Wat (hooking), 18:56.

3rd Period-6, Waterloo, Guzzo 10 (Ness, Bohlinger), 6:29. 7, Fargo, MacDonald 12 (Salquist, Beck), 16:27 (PP). Penalties-Ness Wat (slashing), 3:52; Lamppa Wat (cross checking), 8:49; Waldron Wat (tripping), 11:44; Beck Fgo (slashing), 12:00; Randklev Fgo (cross checking), 13:48; Drkulec Wat (roughing), 14:31.

Shots on Goal-Fargo 12-11-12-35. Waterloo 16-9-4-29.
Power Play Opportunities-Fargo 2 / 9; Waterloo 1 / 5.
Goalies-Fargo, Brady 14-11-2-2 (29 shots-24 saves). Waterloo, Carriere 16-4-2-0 (35 shots-33 saves).
A-3,138
Referees-Nolan Bloyer, Justin Kea.
Linesmen-Matthew Bleck, Sam Rankin.