Five goals provided plenty of excitement Saturday, but the Waterloo Black Hawks claimed a 5-3 win against the Des Moines Buccaneers by stifling their opponents on chance after chance in the final ten minutes of regulation at Buccaneer Arena.
The Hawks already owned a 5-3 lead when Des Moines went to a five-on-three power play for 1:56 midway through the final period. Among his stops during the sequence, Jack Williams denied a couple of chances from Zach Urdahl as the Des Moines forward looked to complete a hat trick. Waterloo shot blockers turned away at least as many attempts as Williams during the sequence, helping to preserve the two-goal margin.
Des Moines brought significant pressure again beginning with 4:12 to go. Taking their timeout before a faceoff in the Black Hawks zone, the Bucs spent the remainder of the game with a sixth attacker on the ice. In total, Des Moines put 18 shots on net during the period as Williams produced 17 of his 33 saves.
The score held after two earlier Black Hawks leads had slipped away.
Max Sasson recorded the only goals in the first period, separated by 2:20. The first came at 13:38 when a puck had been cleared out of the Waterloo zone and landed in front of Sasson coming up right wing. He pulled the trigger near the right faceoff dot with the shot clanking in off the post. Sasson’s next chance was created from behind the net by Jacob Jeannette. Sasson shot it from the left circle, and the puck changed directions a couple of times before sliding across the goal line.
Urdahl tied the game with two shorthanded goals during the same second period Black Hawks power play. The first came six seconds into the advantage on a breakaway at 5:50. Urdahl struck again at 7:40, with Williams getting a piece, but not enough to turn the shot aside.
Waterloo went back to the lead before intermission at 15:49. Kyler Kleven drilled a shot past the Buccaneer net from between the circles. The puck trickled back to the post left of Derek Mullahy, and Ryan O’Hara came from below the icing line to push it in from a sharp angle.
At 1:23 of the third, Des Moines tied it for the last time; Simon Mack’s shot from the right point bounced around in similar fashion to Sasson’s second goal before going between the pipes.
Owen Ozar produced the eventual game-winner almost three minutes later. A pair of cross-ice passes through the neutral zone led to the chance, as Casey Severo connected with Wyatt Schingoethe right-to-left, then Schingoethe fed it back the other way to Ozar near the blue line. With room to work, Ozar wound up for a full slap shot from above the right faceoff dot and got every bit of it, and Mullahy was unable to squeeze the puck between his blocker arm and body.
Teddy Lagerback added a valuable insurance goal at 6:09. Jeannette’s shot from the outside edge of the left circle hit him, but Lagerback quickly turned it toward the net, with the change in speed and direction catching Mullahy out of the puck’s path.
With two wins in three games during the weekend, the Hawks start another three-in-three stretch on Friday at home against the Fargo Force. Tickets for that 7:05 matchup and all of Waterloo’s other remaining home games are on sale at tickets.waterlooblackhawks.com.
Waterloo 2 1 2 - 5
Des Moines 0 2 1 - 3
1st Period-1, Waterloo, Sasson 15 (Kleven), 13:38. 2, Waterloo, Sasson 16 (Jeannette, Baker), 15:58. Penalties-Ness Wat (major-fighting, misconduct-fighting), 4:19; Truman Dm (major-fighting, misconduct-fighting), 4:19; Urdahl Dm (tripping), 8:21.
2nd Period-3, Des Moines, Urdahl 19 (Wolfe), 5:50 (SH). 4, Des Moines, Urdahl 20 (Kiecker-Olson, Wolfe), 7:40 (SH). 5, Waterloo, O’Hara 11 (Kleven, Ozar), 15:49. Penalties-Sasson Wat (interference), 0:25; Laferriere Dm (hooking), 5:43; Szmagaj Wat (holding), 17:12.
3rd Period-6, Des Moines, Mack 3 (Urdahl), 1:23. 7, Waterloo, Ozar 12 (Schingoethe, Severo), 4:12. 8, Waterloo, Lagerback 5 (Jeannette), 6:09. Penalties-O’Hara Wat (holding), 9:53; Reiners Wat (slashing), 9:57; Szmagaj Wat (roughing), 12:32; Renlund Dm (roughing), 12:32.
Shots on Goal-Waterloo 7-8-9-24. Des Moines 9-9-18-36.
Power Play Opportunities-Waterloo 0 / 2; Des Moines 0 / 4.
Goalies-Waterloo, Williams 3-5-0-0 (36 shots-33 saves). Des Moines, Mullahy 13-7-1-0 (24 shots-19 saves).
Linesmen-Zach Carson, Kyle Bushee.