Ryan O’Hara’s hat trick for the Waterloo Black Hawks was overridden by four Omaha Lancer goals during – or directly related to – special teams situations Tuesday, as the visitors left Young Arena with a 4-3 overtime victory.
The Lancers scored the game-winning goal during their seventh power play of the night. At 3:11 of overtime, a loose puck came to Nolan Renwick in the left circle. The Omaha captain lifted a shot inside the post as Hawks netminder Charlie Glockner tried to scramble across the netmouth.
O’Hara’s hat trick had saved a standings point for Waterloo with just 3:23 left in regulation. Trailing 3-2, Jonah Copre fired from the right point; O’Hara was at the front of the net to redirect the equalizer. It was one of the last chances either team would have before the end of regulation.
At the same end of the rink, O’Hara had struck for the game’s first goal not quite five minutes into the opening period. Matt Argentina sped to the right wing corner and curled toward the side of the net. He sited O’Hara coming up the slot and put a pass on target. O’Hara snapped the puck over the left shoulder of the league’s leading goaltender, Jakub Dobes.
The 1-0 lead held until one second after an Omaha power play ended early in the second period. Before the Hawks’ fifth skater had joined the action, Tyler Carpenter’s rocket from the right circle found its way through traffic and into the net at 3:03.
However, a Waterloo shot which was blocked led to the Hawks’ go-ahead goal at 9:44. After a Lancer turnover, Max Sasson tried a shot from the right edge of the slot. An Omaha player batted the rising attempt to the ice, and it came right to O’Hara as he stepped from behind the net. O’Hara’s second of the contest beat a startled Dobes.
Omaha tied is at almost the same point in the third that they had scored in the second. During a power play at 3:34, Owen Fowler’s shot ricocheted in off a Hawks defender. A Waterloo turnover at 11:37 allowed a shorthanded Lancer goal which provided Omaha’s only lead during regulation; Cam Mitchell was responsible for the takeaway behind the Hawks’ net, and Michael Cameron finished the play alone in the slot.
Waterloo was 0-for-2 on the power play.
The Lancers had a 38-32 edge in shots, and Dobes made 29 stops for the win.
Tuesday’s game was the first of seven straight at home for the Hawks. The team returns to action Friday and Saturday versus the Sioux City Musketeers.
Omaha 0 1 2 1 - 4
Waterloo 1 1 1 0 - 3
1st Period-1, Waterloo, O’Hara 3 (Argentina, Szmagaj), 4:51. Penalties-Perna Oma (cross checking), 10:01; Wallace Wat (hooking), 16:44.
2nd Period-2, Omaha, Carpenter 8 (Martino, Posma), 3:03. 3, Waterloo, O’Hara 4 (Sasson), 9:44. Penalties-Gucciardi Wat (high sticking), 1:02; Dubinsky Oma (slashing), 3:29; Reiners Wat (roughing), 3:29; O’Hara Wat (slashing), 5:26.
3rd Period-4, Omaha, Fowler 4 (Carlin, Renwick), 3:34 (PP). 5, Omaha, Cameron 4 (Mitchell), 11:37 (SH). 6, Waterloo, O’Hara 5 (Copre, Gaffney), 16:37. Penalties-O’Hara Wat (cross checking), 2:06; O’Hara Wat (boarding), 6:38; Posma Oma (slashing), 11:24; Wylie Wat (holding), 12:37.
1st OT Period-7, Omaha, Renwick 5 (Dubinsky, Martino), 3:11. Penalties-Wylie Wat (holding), 2:01.
Shots on Goal-Omaha 13-17-4-3-37. Waterloo 15-10-7-0-32.
Power Play Opportunities-Omaha 1 / 7; Waterloo 0 / 2.
Goalies-Omaha, Dobes 11-7-0-0 (32 shots-29 saves). Waterloo, Glockner 4-7-1-0 (37 shots-33 saves).
Linesmen-Matt Heinen, Zach Carson.