Three first period goals vaulted the Waterloo Black Hawks to a 5-1 win against the Youngstown Phantoms Saturday at the Covelli Center in eastern Ohio.
Saturday’s win followed a twin 5-1 win Friday against USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program Under 17s. The two road results lifted Waterloo to 5-5-0 during February. They also assured that the Hawks will begin March with the lead in the USHL Western Conference.
During the first nine minutes, Waterloo recorded two nearly identical goals. Faceoff wins in the offensive zone led to shots from the right wing circle, knocked in from the top of the crease. Mason Reiners took the shot at 3:30, tipped in by Matthew Argentina. At 8:45, it was Dane Montgomery pulling the trigger, with Kyle Haskins making the redirection.
The Hawks built the lead during a power play at 12:43. Wyatt Schingoethe was between the right dot and the crease. He beat Dominic Basse inside the opposite post.
Waterloo killed off a four-minute power play later in the period, but four seconds after coming to full strength, Reilly Funk scored in transition after the puck eluded the Hawks near the defensive blue line. An additional extended Youngstown power play during the early second period could have changed the completion of the contest, but Waterloo navigated the five-minute major with no change in score. In fact, the second period ended with the count still at 3-1.
At 2:17 of the third, the Hawks extended the lead to 4-1 when Schingoethe swiped the puck as it appeared the Phantoms were about to exit the defensive zone. He put a pass across the slot to Teddy Lagerback, who scored with one touch once the puck arrived.
Waterloo added a final goal during a power play at 15:12, when Xander Lamppa capitalized from the top of the crease.
The Hawks outshot Youngstown 34-19. Gabriel Carriere was in net for the win with 18 saves.
After traveling to the USHL’s eastern extremes this weekend, the Hawks head west next Friday and Saturday to meet the Sioux City Musketeers.
Waterloo 3 0 2 - 5
Youngstown 1 0 0 - 1
1st Period-1, Waterloo, Argentina 5 (Reiners, Guzzo), 3:30. 2, Waterloo, Haskins 11 (Montgomery), 8:45. 3, Waterloo, Schingoethe 14 (Bohlinger, Engum), 12:43 (PP). 4, Youngstown, Funk 8 (Ando, Beaton), 17:21. Penalties-Gerrie Wat (major-fighting, 10-minute misconduct), 11:11; Cassidy Yng (roughing, major-fighting, 10-minute misconduct), 11:11; Bast Wat (high sticking dbl minor), 13:17.
2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Lagerback Wat (major-head contact), 0:26; Basse Yng (high sticking), 7:07; Lamppa Wat (10-minute misconduct), 16:31; DeLuca Yng (10-minute misconduct), 16:31.
3rd Period-5, Waterloo, Lagerback 1 (Schingoethe), 2:17. 6, Waterloo, Lamppa 15 (Caponi, Ness), 15:12 (PP). Penalties-Schingoethe Wat (roughing), 5:50; Dahm Yng (slashing), 8:45; Kern Yng (tripping), 13:59; Reiners Wat (holding), 16:23.
Shots on Goal-Waterloo 11-10-13-34. Youngstown 8-4-7-19.
Power Play Opportunities-Waterloo 2 / 4; Youngstown 0 / 4.
Goalies-Waterloo, Carriere 19-7-2-0 (19 shots-18 saves). Youngstown, Basse 13-12-3-0 (34 shots-29 saves).
Referees-Andrew Rasky, Zane Stout.
Linesmen-Christoper Murray, Logan Wetekamp.