The Waterloo Black Hawks won the first of four consecutive road games, pulling away from the USA Hockey National Team Development Program Under-17s for a 5-1 Friday win at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan.
The win was Waterloo’s 30th of the 2019/20 regular season. The Hawks are the first United States Hockey League Western Conference team to reach that milestone this season
Waterloo took the lead 10:10 into the game with the only goal of the first period. Matt Argentina appeared to be stopped near the NTDP blue line, but Patrick Guzzo nudged the puck to the left corner, and Argentina carried on, cutting to the net through the left circle and lifting a shot to the top corner from a sharp angle.
Argentina and Guzzo were involved again when the Hawks made it 2-0 at 4:36 of the second. However, it was Connor Caponi who swooped in to score on a rebound after the initial try which Guzzo and Argentina created while coming up the ice on a numbers-down rush.
Ondrej Psenicka provided the game’s only power play conversion at 9:12. While being jostled near the front of the net, Psenicka redirected Ethan Szmagaj’s shot from the right point.
An unfortunate bounce led to the lone U17 goal at 6:49 of the third. Ty Murchison’s shot was rising above crossbar level when it hit defenseman Brehdan Engum’s half-shield. It went from there off the end glass, then sprang back to the side of the net for Daniyal Dzhaniyev to tuck in.
However, the Hawks responded with two goals within the next four minutes. At 8:36, Joey Strada swiped the puck just inside the NTDP blue line, navigated the left circle and slipped in a low shot past Gibson Homer. Strada then helped spring Griffin Ness on a breakaway from the U17s blue line. Waterloo’s captain went to his backhand to flip a shot over Homer’s right shoulder at 9:52.
Gabriel Carriere stopped 28 shots for the win. Waterloo outshot the NTDP 35-29.
The Hawks wrap up February on Saturday by visiting the Youngstown Phantoms. The game in eastern Ohio will begin at 6:05 p.m. Central.
Waterloo 1 2 2 - 5
Team USA 0 0 1 - 1
1st Period-1, Waterloo, Argentina 4 (Guzzo), 10:10. Penalties-Ness Wat (hooking), 16:02.
2nd Period-2, Waterloo, Caponi 12 (Argentina), 4:36. 3, Waterloo, Psenicka 6 (Szmagaj, Bast), 9:12 (PP). Penalties-Hreschuk Usa (cross checking), 8:00; Bengtsson Wat (hooking), 10:27; Homer Usa (delay of game), 14:52; Hughes Usa (cross checking), 18:08.
3rd Period-4, Team USA, Dzhaniyev 2 (Murchison, Gallagher), 6:49. 5, Waterloo, Strada 20 8:36. 6, Waterloo, Ness 19 (Szmagaj), 9:52. Penalties-Argentina Wat (roughing), 13:46; Hughes Usa (roughing), 13:46; Argentina Wat (roughing, roughing), 16:28; Schmidt Usa (roughing), 16:28; Bengtsson Wat (slashing), 19:30.
Shots on Goal-Waterloo 11-15-9-35. Team USA 5-8-16-29.
Power Play Opportunities-Waterloo 1 / 4; Team USA 0 / 5.
Goalies-Waterloo, Carriere 18-7-2-0 (29 shots-28 saves). Team USA, Homer 3-9-1-0 (35 shots-30 saves).
Linesmen-Bill Hancock (91), Sam Rankin.