The Lincoln Stars produced their second-highest scoring night of the 2020/21 season to defeat the Waterloo Black Hawks 7-3 Friday at the Ice Box in Lincoln.
On home ice Wednesday, Lincoln had celebrated a 9-4 win over the Sioux Falls Stampede, giving them 16 of their 97 goals this season in just their last two games.
The Stars hit a post or crossbar three times during the only power play of the first period, keeping the game scoreless until 17:42, when they pulled ahead while skating four-on-four. An odd-man rush provided the night’s first goal when Aidan Thompson’s pass from the left circle found Carter Schade at the opposite side of the crease, giving the Lincoln defenseman an open side.
Waterloo tied the game just over a minute later. Max Sasson connected with Dane Montgomery in transition, and the Hawks’ captain put his shot under the crossbar from between the circles 59.2 seconds before intermission.
Three second period Stars goals in just over six minutes permanently changed the trajectory of the night, starting with Jack Horbach shoveling in his chance on a feed across the slot at 6:25. Michael Mastrodomenico followed up be using a screen to score on a shot from the deep slot at 9:49. Stanley Cooley added one more on a rush at 12:39 to make it 4-1, and that score held to the second intermission.
The Hawks got back within two twice during the third period, beginning with Michael LaStarza collecting Matt Argentina’s rebound for a power play goal at 1:01. However, Lincoln defenseman C.A. Legault snapped a shot to the top corner three-and-a-half minutes later to stall Waterloo’s progress.
Max Sasson gave Waterloo a shorthanded goal – his third of those this season – at 7:16, finishing Owen Ozar’s setup with a backhander. Yet the Stars converted that same power play when Thompson scored at 8:45 after two earlier assists. Thompson added a final Lincoln goal at 16:33 to end any further Hawks comeback hopes.
The back half of Waterloo’s home-and-home series with the Stars will be played Saturday at Young Arena, beginning at 6:05 p.m.
Waterloo 1 0 2 - 3
Lincoln 1 3 3 - 7
1st Period-1, Lincoln, Schade 2 (Thompson, O'Leary), 17:42. 2, Waterloo, Montgomery 6 (Sasson), 19:01. Penalties-Gaffney Wat (tripping), 5:28; Ozar Wat (slashing), 16:20; Stefan Lin (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 16:20.
2nd Period-3, Lincoln, Horbach 5 (Laba, Veremyev), 6:25. 4, Lincoln, Mastrodomenico 1 (Mitchell, Thompson), 9:49. 5, Lincoln, Cooley 2 (Jurecki, Nardecchia), 12:39. Penalties-Veremyev Lin (high sticking), 1:21; Szmagaj Wat (interference), 14:29; Horbach Lin (tripping), 19:55.
3rd Period-6, Waterloo, LaStarza 8 1:01 (PP). 7, Lincoln, Legault 2 (O'Leary, Hanus), 4:30. 8, Waterloo, Sasson 10 (Ozar), 7:16 (SH). 9, Lincoln, Thompson 7 (Mayorov, O'Leary), 8:45 (PP). 10, Lincoln, Thompson 8 (O'Leary), 16:33. Penalties-Jeannette Wat (major-fighting, 10-minute misconduct), 6:39; Beaune Lin (major-fighting, 10-minute misconduct), 6:39; Szmagaj Wat (cross checking), 6:59; O'Leary Lin (elbowing), 11:01; served by Belpedio Wat (bench minor-too many men), 18:13; Laba Lin (roughing), 18:13.
Shots on Goal-Waterloo 12-13-10-35. Lincoln 14-11-8-33.
Power Play Opportunities-Waterloo 1 / 3; Lincoln 1 / 3.
Goalies-Waterloo, Glockner 9-13-1-0 (33 shots-26 saves). Lincoln, Ouellette 10-19-1-1 (35 shots-32 saves).
Linesmen-Michael Ifkovits, Default Linesman.