The Waterloo Black Hawks scored multiple power play goals for the third consecutive game, eclipsing the Sioux Falls Stampede for a 5-2 win at Sanford Premier Center Saturday.
Waterloo finished the night two-for-four on the advantage, including game-tying and game-winning scores. A flurry of special teams offense has resulted in six power play goals over the last three games after the Hawks had been limited to one during the first five contests of the season.
Sioux Falls produced leads from Will Dineen goals in both the first and second periods. The game was 7:33 old when Dineen shoveled in a rebound from the slot after two initial Stampede chances had hit the post and been stopped by goalie Charlie Glockner respectively. Nearly five minutes later, Cole Hansen tied the game with his first USHL tally. Coming up the ice in transition, Hansen skated into the right circle before sending his chance over Noah Grannan’s stick-side shoulder.
Dineen staked the Stampede to a new lead at 8:20 of the second. It was another put back, this time as Sioux Falls crashed the net in transition during the final moments of a power play.
Waterloo special teams delivered a quick response at 12:17. Cooper Wylie fired a low shot from the left point which beat Grannan but hit the post. Nonetheless, the Hawks were celebrating, because the puck caromed off the pipe, hit the netminder, and trickled back across the goal line.
The Hawks took their first lead at 2:58 of the third. On the power play again, Wylie triggered an attempt from the deep slot. Teddy Lagerback tipped it in to put Waterloo ahead for good.
Waterloo could not convert a five minute power play which followed but did turn the Stampede away during a five-on-four sequence which began with just over four minutes to go.
With the Sioux Falls net empty, Owen Ozar scored twice into an empty net to seal the win. The first goal came from just shy of the blue line at 18:32 and the second originated from beyond the Stampede blue line 37 seconds later.
Glockner stopped 34 shots for his first USHL win. Sioux Falls outshot the Hawks 36-29.
Waterloo is idle until next Saturday when they return to the Siouxland to meet the Sioux City Musketeers.
Waterloo 1 1 3 - 5
Sioux Falls 1 1 0 - 2
1st Period-1, Sioux Falls, Dineen 2 7:33. 2, Waterloo, Hansen 1 (Lagerback, Ness), 12:24. Penalties-Levens Sf (bench minor-too many men), 15:17.
2nd Period-3, Sioux Falls, Dineen 3 (Haskins, Citara), 8:20 (PP). 4, Waterloo, Wylie 1 (Szmagaj, Kleven), 12:17 (PP). Penalties-Belpedio Wat (hooking), 6:33; Levens Sf (boarding), 10:25.
3rd Period-5, Waterloo, Lagerback 1 (Wylie), 2:58 (PP). 6, Waterloo, Ozar 5 18:32 (EN). 7, Waterloo, Ozar 6 (Szmagaj), 19:09 (EN). Penalties-Haskins Sf (holding), 1:19; Fantauzzi Sf (major-boarding), 3:37; Waldron Wat (slashing), 15:57.
Shots on Goal-Waterloo 7-9-13-29. Sioux Falls 12-14-10-36.
Power Play Opportunities-Waterloo 2 / 4; Sioux Falls 1 / 2.
Goalies-Waterloo, Glockner 1-3-0-0 (36 shots-34 saves). Sioux Falls, Grannan 2-4-0-0 (27 shots-24 saves).
Referees-Caleb Andrade, Sam Heidemann (6).
Linesmen-Zach Carson, Cameron McCambridge.