A determined Cedar Rapids RoughRider effort to limit the quality of the Waterloo Black Hawks’ chances carried the visiting club to a 5-2 win at Young Arena on Friday.
Sixteen-year-old goaltender Andrew Pichora made his first United States Hockey League start for Cedar Rapids. He stopped 32 of 34 Black Hawks shots but rarely was called on to make a spectacular save. The RoughRiders played swarming defense in their own zone, supported by a dogged vertical effort to move the puck up the ice through neutral territory and into the offensive end.
The game was scoreless until 2:27 of the second, when Nikolai Mayorov cut through the right circle and lifted a tight-angle shot over Logan Stein’s left shoulder. Mayorov scored again during a power play on a one-timer from the right faceoff dot at 13:16, prodding the Hawks to make a change in the crease.
Less than two minutes later, Waterloo appeared to be on the verge of flipping momentum. Xander Lamppa blasted in a five-on-three power play goal just 11 second into the advantage. However, an offsetting penalty moments later erased the remaining power play time and sent the Hawks into a tailspin.
Skating four-on-four at 15:06, Waterloo’s skaters got caught on the wrong side of the ice. Even though they were all in the neutral zone, the result was ultimately a breakaway for Bennett Zmolek from his own blue line, and the RoughRider defender slipped his low chance past Gabriel Carriere’s left skate.
Cedar Rapids added a power play goal at 17:56 on a wraparound by Zach Faremouth. They extended the lead to 5-1 at 4:23 of the third when T.J. Schweighardt scored on a shot through traffic from the right point.
Waterloo’s Jacob Jeannette tacked on the game’s final goal less than two minutes later, banking the puck in from behind the net off of Pichora.
The Hawks visit Cedar Rapids for the final time this season on Saturday night during a return game which caps the home-and-home weekend.
Cedar Rapids 0 4 1 - 5
Waterloo 0 1 1 - 2
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties
2nd Period-1, Cedar Rapids, Mayorov 23 (Sasson, Faremouth), 2:27. 2, Cedar Rapids, Mayorov 24 (Millar, Hanley), 13:16 (PP). 3, Waterloo, Lamppa 13 (Szmagaj, Bast), 14:26 (PP). 4, Cedar Rapids, Zmolek 4 (Millar), 15:06. 5, Cedar Rapids, Faremouth 10 (Sasson, Millar), 17:56 (PP). Penalties-Bohlinger Wat (charging), 12:55; Dzugan Cr (bench minor-too many men), 14:16; O'Leary Cr (roughing), 14:16; Drkulec Wat (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 14:36; Tonelli Cr (roughing), 15:46; Argentina Wat (roughing), 15:46; Bast Wat (hooking), 16:02; Rollwagen Cr (roughing dbl minor), 19:34; Cassetti Wat (roughing dbl minor), 19:34; Silianoff Cr (roughing), 19:57; Zmolek Cr (major-fighting, 10-minute misconduct), 19:57; Haskins Wat (major-fighting, 10-minute misconduct), 19:57; Ness Wat (elbowing, roughing), 19:57.
3rd Period-6, Cedar Rapids, Schweighardt 1 (Suda, Tonelli), 4:23. 7, Waterloo, Jeannette 3 (Lamppa, Psenicka), 6:08. Penalties-Engum Wat (checking from behind, 10-minute misconduct), 12:30; Sundquist Cr (slashing), 16:18.
Shots on Goal-Cedar Rapids 8-10-13-31. Waterloo 13-12-10-35.
Power Play Opportunities-Cedar Rapids 2 / 5; Waterloo 1 / 3.
Goalies-Cedar Rapids, Pichora 1-0-0-0 (35 shots-33 saves). Waterloo, Stein 12-5-0-0 (13 shots-11 saves); Carriere 16-6-2-0 (18 shots-15 saves).
Linesmen-Pete Jenkin, Bill Hancock (91).