Starting the 2020/21 season later than any other since 1965, the Waterloo Black Hawks went on the road to begin the new campaign with a 4-2 win Friday versus the Sioux City Musketeers at Tyson Events Center.
The year was delayed due to COVID-19 and then by the postponement of season-opening games on November 6th and 7th. That meant the Hawks’ debut came in Sioux City, which had been one of Waterloo’s final stops before the last month of the 2019/20 schedule was called off due to the pandemic. The Hawks won the two games versus the Musketeers during that March weekend.
Sioux City had the best of it for much of the first period on Friday. Hawks goalie Jack Williams made the finest of his 14 first period saves just over two minutes into the game, kicking away a shot from Jackson Nieuwendyk in a one-on-one opportunity.
Williams’ effort allowed the Hawks to take the lead on Jonah Copre’s goal at 8:26. The first-year defenseman beat Akira Schmid low to the stick side when Casey Severo set up the chance in the slot out of the left corner.
Sioux City defenseman Gabe Blanchard answered at 15:49, jumping into the rush to trigger a shot from the inside edge of the left circle.
Two goals during a 51-second span in the second put Waterloo ahead permanently. Severo won a faceoff at 7:53, which turned into a quick shot to the top corner for Michael LaStarza. In the ensuing shift, the puck came to Jacob Jeannette near the top of the crease, and with his back to the goal, he slipped in a low backhander.
Blanchard scored his second of the game on an attempt from the left point at 14:41 to make it a 3-2 score at intermission.
The Hawks began the third period shorthanded but successfully killed that Sioux City power play – then two others during the final ten minutes – to maintain their lead. Wyatt Schingoethe sealed the win with an empty-net score as 1:12 remained.
Williams finished the victory with 29 saves while the Musketeers outshot the Hawks 31-27.
The same teams meet for an instant rematch Saturday at 7:05 p.m.
Waterloo 1 2 1 - 4
Sioux City 1 1 0 - 2
1st Period-1, Waterloo, Copre 1 (Severo), 8:26. 2, Sioux City, Blanchard 1 (Hryckowian, Carrabes), 15:49. Penalties-Bast Wat (tripping), 10:35; Bradley Sc (cross checking), 12:58; Heaslip Sc (checking from behind), 17:41.
2nd Period-3, Waterloo, LaStarza 1 (Severo), 7:53. 4, Waterloo, Jeannette 1 (Kleven, Waldron), 8:44. 5, Sioux City, Blanchard 2 (Carrabes, Doran), 14:41. Penalties-Blanchard Sc (roughing), 9:27; Edwards Sc (cross checking), 10:24; Ness Wat (holding), 18:36.
3rd Period-6, Waterloo, Schingoethe 1 (Kleven), 18:48 (EN). Penalties-Blanchard Sc (cross checking), 3:47; Ozar Wat (holding), 11:50; Demsey Wat (interference), 15:11.
Shots on Goal-Waterloo 6-15-6-27. Sioux City 15-7-9-31.
Power Play Opportunities-Waterloo 0 / 5; Sioux City 0 / 4.
Goalies-Waterloo, Williams 1-0-0-0 (31 shots-29 saves). Sioux City, Schmid 0-1-0-0 (26 shots-23 saves).
Linesmen-Bryan Gorcoff, Matt Heinen.