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).
Referees-Nolan Bloyer, Justin Kea.
Linesmen-Matthew Bleck, Sam Rankin.