The Waterloo Black Hawks finished on even terms with the Lincoln Stars during a home-and-home weekend, picking up a 6-2 Saturday win at Young Arena.
On the road a night earlier, the Stars had won 7-3, so both clubs came out of the set with nine total goals and two USHL standings points.
Emmett Croteau’s effort during an early Lincoln power play allowed Waterloo to have the lead for much of the opening frame. Croteau was credited with eight saves during the Stars’ two-minute advantage, keeping the game scoreless until Dane Montgomery could dent the net several shifts later. At 11:19, Montgomery had moved deep into the Lincoln zone; his centering pass from below the icing line hit a Stars defender and deflected in.
Jacob Jeannette added two more goals before the period was over. At 13:51, he came from behind the net for a backhanded wraparound try which was stopped, but the puck came back to him, and he flipped in the follow-up chance. Jeannette scored again in transition at 18:31, targeting the top corner from near the upper edge of the right circle.
Lincoln cut into the Black Hawks lead during the second period, beginning with a power play conversion when Jack Horbach deflected Nikolai Mayorov’s shot at 4:10. Then Stars defenseman Jake Beaune snuck out of the zone, cueing a two-on-one which James Stefan finished at 9:56.
Matt Argentina delivered a blow to the visitors’ comeback ambitions just 35 seconds out of intermission. Max Sasson patiently waited to put a shot past goalie Ryan Ouellette from the right circle, but the puck bounced off the post. Argentina pounced at the top of the crease to put in a rebound.
Two more insurance goals followed during the middle stages of the period. Mason Reiners sent a shot through traffic from the right circle at 9:33. Ryan O’Hara then produced the final goal at 13:15, lunging to knock the rebound of Cooper Wylie’s shot between the posts and ending up in the net himself right behind the puck.
Croteau finished with 34 saves, a personal best during his time as a Black Hawk.
The Hawks play their third game in three days on Sunday afternoon against the Tri-City Storm, beginning at 3:05 p.m.
Lincoln 0 2 0 - 2
Waterloo 3 0 3 - 6
1st Period-1, Waterloo, Montgomery 7 (Gaffney, Sasson), 11:19. 2, Waterloo, Jeannette 3 (Ness, O’Hara), 13:51. 3, Waterloo, Jeannette 4 (Reiners, Wylie), 18:31. Penalties-James Lin (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 0:50; Montgomery Wat (interference), 1:20; Wylie Wat (hooking), 6:18; James Lin (hooking), 16:08; Nardecchia Lin (roughing), 16:08; Argentina Wat (roughing), 16:08.
2nd Period-4, Lincoln, Horbach 6 (Mayorov, O'Leary), 4:10 (PP). 5, Lincoln, Stefan 8 (Beaune, Mitchell), 9:56. Penalties-Wylie Wat (holding), 3:34; Ozar Wat (high sticking), 12:37.
3rd Period-6, Waterloo, Argentina 7 (Sasson, LaStarza), 0:35. 7, Waterloo, Reiners 2 (Schingoethe, Strobel), 9:39. 8, Waterloo, O’Hara 9 (Wylie), 13:15. Penalties-Beaune Lin (roughing, misconduct-continuing altercation), 14:03; Veremyev Lin (roughing), 14:03; Kleven Wat (roughing), 14:03; Horbach Lin (roughing, misconduct-continuing altercation), 17:16; Szmagaj Wat (roughing, misconduct-continuing altercation), 17:16.
Shots on Goal-Lincoln 12-14-10-36. Waterloo 15-8-16-39.
Power Play Opportunities-Lincoln 1 / 4; Waterloo 0 / 3.
Goalies-Lincoln, Ouellette 10-20-1-1 (39 shots-33 saves). Waterloo, Croteau 4-4-0-0 (36 shots-34 saves).
Referees-Sam Heidemann (6).
Linesmen-Aaron McCrary, Richard Faron.