The Waterloo Black Hawks closed out the Sioux City Musketeers with a 4-1 Saturday night win at Young Arena.
The Hawks had also topped the Musketeers on Friday by a 2-1 score, so Saturday’s decision yielded a weekend sweep. The contest was also the sixth and final game between the teams during the 2020/21 regular season schedule; Waterloo claimed four out of the six.
For the second consecutive night, Sioux City recorded the only goal of the first period. The long bounce of an errant shot came to Ethan Edwards at the left point. The Musketeer defenseman drove the puck back toward the netmouth, where it was redirected just outside the crease by Chase Bradley at 14:45.
Waterloo pulled in front during the second period. The game-tying goal came at 9:39 when Jacob Jeannette kept in a Sioux City clearing attempt. From there, Max Sasson shoveled the puck toward the top of the crease, and Kyler Kleven redirected it in with one hand on his stick.
Sasson scored the go-ahead goal with 55.8 seconds left before intermission. He pulled a rebound away from the side of the Sioux City net, taking a step back before lifting a sharp-angled chance under the crossbar.
The 2-1 score held until the late minutes of the third. Dane Montgomery dodged a forechecking Musketeer deep in his own zone; although his breakout pass was deflected away from the intended target, it came right to Kleven just outside the Sioux City line. With a clear path to the net through the right circle, Kleven wired his shot past Alex Tracy for his second goal of the night.
Ryan O’Hara was tripped up with an empty net in front of him and 1:17 remaining. The resulting power play allowed Sasson to add to his fine performance, putting the puck into an open goal from the red line with 32.3 seconds to go.
The Hawks look to the east for their next opponent. The Dubuque Fighting Saints travel to Young Arena for games on Tuesday and Friday as part of the Dupaco Cowbell Cup Series. Both matchups begin at 7:05 p.m.
Sioux City 1 0 0 - 1
Waterloo 0 2 2 - 4
1st Period-1, Sioux City, Bradley 7 (Edwards, Fusco), 14:45. Penalties-Ludtke Sc (roughing), 11:42; Schingoethe Wat (high sticking dbl minor), 17:38; Jimenez Sc (holding), 19:46.
2nd Period-2, Waterloo, Kleven 6 (Sasson, Jeannette), 9:39. 3, Waterloo, Sasson 5 (Ozar, Gucciardi), 19:25. Penalties-Schimek Sc (tripping), 5:39; Edwards Sc (10-minute misconduct), 12:39; Edwards Sc (major-fighting), 12:47; O’Hara Wat (major-fighting, 10-minute misconduct), 12:47; Irey Sc (major-fighting, 10-minute misconduct), 16:33; Montgomery Wat (major-fighting, 10-minute misconduct), 16:33.
3rd Period-4, Waterloo, Kleven 7 (Ozar, Montgomery), 16:12. 5, Waterloo, Sasson 6 (Severo, Gucciardi), 19:27 (PP EN). Penalties-Grimes Sc (checking from behind), 1:36; Severo Wat (slashing), 1:36; Adamson Sc (interference), 5:32; Ness Wat (tripping), 8:54; Jimenez Sc (major-fighting, 10-minute misconduct), 12:09; Argentina Wat (major-fighting, 10-minute misconduct), 12:09; Bradley Sc (roughing), 14:31; Ozar Wat (roughing), 14:48; Fusco Sc (tripping), 18:43.
Shots on Goal-Sioux City 8-6-2-16. Waterloo 9-11-12-32.
Power Play Opportunities-Sioux City 0 / 4; Waterloo 1 / 7.
Goalies-Sioux City, Tracy 4-5-0-0 (31 shots-28 saves). Waterloo, Glockner 6-7-1-0 (16 shots-15 saves).
Referees-Jordan Samuels-Thomas, Default Referee.
Linesmen-Bill Hancock (91), Matthew Bleck.