The Tri-City Storm shook off a Waterloo Black Hawks rally Thursday at Viaero Center in Kearney, Nebraska, to top the visitors 5-3.
Thursday’s result gave each team three victories in the six-game head-to-head series for the 2020/21 season.
The Storm struck for the opening goal at 7:13 when Rhett Pitlick benefitted from a puck which had come free near the side of the Waterloo net. Kyler Kleven tied the game with 3:03 remaining in the period; Kleven’s all-out, head-first dive allowed him top push the puck between the pipes after Cooper Wylie’s initial chance had been partially blocked.
Both teams scored on special teams in the final two minutes before intermission. Hunter Strand fired in a shorthanded goal on a wrister from the high slot at 18:31. However, during the same Waterloo power play, Max Sasson swatted in a rebound from the side of the net five seconds prior to the break.
Tri-City took a two-goal lead in the second period, thanks to a pair of goals scored 48 seconds apart. The first came on a breakaway by Adam Klapka at 4:38. The Storm struck again when Kieran Cebrian tipped Cole McWard’s shot from the right point.
Casey Severo drew Waterloo back within a goal at 16:20. Sasson setup Severo for a pointblank chance from the top of the crease; even though Todd Scott made the first save, Severo finished his own rebound.
The Storm produced the only goal of the third period during a power play as 5:24 when Strand recorded his second goal of the night. Waterloo was limited to five shots on goal in the final period, and the Hawks were outshot in the game 34-22.
Waterloo remains in Nebraska on Friday night to visit the Lincoln Stars from a 7:05 p.m. matchup.
Waterloo 2 1 0 - 3
Tri-City 2 2 1 - 5
1st Period-1, Tri-City, Pitlick 11 (Strand), 7:13. 2, Waterloo, Kleven 9 (Wylie), 16:57. 3, Tri-City, Strand 14 (Mazur), 18:31 (SH). 4, Waterloo, Sasson 13 (Schingoethe), 19:55 (PP). Penalties-Wheeler Tc (high sticking dbl minor), 18:23.
2nd Period-5, Tri-City, Klapka 7 4:38. 6, Tri-City, Cebrian 2 (McWard), 5:26. 7, Waterloo, Severo 4 (Sasson), 16:20. Penalties-Klapka Tc (hooking), 13:39.
3rd Period-8, Tri-City, Strand 15 (Mazur), 5:24 (PP). Penalties-Szmagaj Wat (cross checking), 1:02; Ness Wat (high sticking dbl minor), 4:29; McWard Tc (high sticking), 6:42; LaStarza Wat (roughing), 19:24; Borgesi Tc (cross checking), 19:24; Brindley Tc (roughing), 19:24.
Shots on Goal-Waterloo 10-7-5-22. Tri-City 10-12-12-34.
Power Play Opportunities-Waterloo 1 / 4; Tri-City 1 / 2.
Goalies-Waterloo, Croteau 5-5-0-0 (16 shots-12 saves); Williams 1-5-0-0 (18 shots-17 saves). Tri-City, Scott 15-8-1-1 (22 shots-19 saves).
Linesmen-Eric Arrigo, Default Linesman.