A quick perusal of Monday’s box score would belie the importance of special teams in the Waterloo Black Hawks’ 5-2 win over the Lincoln Stars at Young Arena.
The game included just one power play goal, and although that proved to be the winning tally, at the time it was a third period insurance score.
The Hawks went shorthanded less than a minute into the game due to a too many men penalty. They didn’t allow a shot during the minor, then killed off another Lincoln power play which originated short of the six-minute mark.
Zach Michaelis came out of the penalty box to score moments after the second Stars’ advantage ended. At 7:42, a crisscrossing, back-and-forth passing sequence in transition left Michaelis with a tap-in on Max Sasson’s setup.
The 1-0 lead held deep into the second period, and the Hawks overcame 88 seconds spent two-men shorthanded. Several shifts after that penalty-killing sequence, Sasson provided the opportunity for another soft touch goal from close range – this time by Ryan O’Hara – at 13:22.
Lincoln responded at 17:39 when Jake Bauer missed the net with an initial chance but converted a second opportunity when the puck bounced his way at the top of the crease.
Waterloo’s first power play of the night carried over from the second to the third period, and the Hawks were denied on fresh ice. However, they made the most of their next chance at 8:52. Cooper Wylie’s shot found its way through traffic from the left point, producing a rebound which Kyler Kleven punched in from a sharp angle.
Just over three minutes later, Matt Argentina delivered his second goal in as many games, putting back the rebound of an Ethan Szmagaj shot between goalie Ryan Ouellette and the post.
Ouellette went to the bench early for an extra attacker, setting up the situation for Spencer Smith’s Lincoln goal at 15:24. However, Kleven unselfishly assisted Wyatt Schingoethe during a two-on-none rush with only empty net in front of the Black Hawks forwards at 16:48, sealing the result.
The Hawks ended the night five-for-five on the penalty kill and one-for-four on the power play. Charlie Glockner claimed the win in goal with 24 saves as Waterloo outshot the visitors 33-26.
After an off day on Tuesday, the Black Hawks take the ice again Wednesday in Des Moines to open a home-and-home series against the Buccaneers.
Lincoln 0 1 1 - 2
Waterloo 1 1 3 - 5
1st Period-1, Waterloo, Michaelis 1 (Sasson), 7:42. Penalties-Lagerback Wat (bench minor-too many men), 0:29; Michaelis Wat (high sticking), 5:31; Horbach Lin (roughing), 16:21; Argentina Wat (roughing), 16:21.
2nd Period-2, Waterloo, O’Hara 1 (Sasson), 13:29. 3, Lincoln, Bauer 1 (Thompson, O'Leary), 17:39. Penalties-Michaelis Wat (high sticking), 8:18; Copre Wat (bench minor-too many men), 8:50; Larson Lin (hooking), 19:28.
3rd Period-4, Waterloo, Kleven 3 (Lagerback, Wylie), 8:52 (PP). 5, Waterloo, Argentina 2 (Szmagaj), 11:55. 6, Lincoln, Smith 2 (Cooley, Thompson), 15:24. 7, Waterloo, Schingoethe 2 (Kleven), 16:48 (EN). Penalties-Norris Lin (tripping), 3:20; Argentina Wat (interference), 4:51; Larson Lin (slashing), 7:17; Wallace Lin (head contact), 18:52; Ness Wat (slashing), 19:58.
Shots on Goal-Lincoln 10-8-8-26. Waterloo 9-8-16-33.
Power Play Opportunities-Lincoln 0 / 5; Waterloo 1 / 4.
Goalies-Lincoln, Ouellette 2-4-1-0 (32 shots-28 saves). Waterloo, Glockner 3-3-0-0 (26 shots-24 saves).
Referees-Jake Jackson, Anthony Vikhter.
Linesmen-Davids Rozitis, Default Linesman.