Two goals in each period gave the Lincoln Stars a 6-3 win over the Waterloo Black Hawks at the Ice Box in Lincoln on Thursday.
The Stars were held without a shot for more than half of the first period, but jumped in front 11:04 into the game. Noah Laba was left alone at the front of the net; Jack Williams stopped Laba’s first shot, but Laba collected the rebound and flipped in his follow up chance.
Lincoln made it 2-0 at 15:23. Griffin Jurecki blocked a shot during a penalty kill, leading to a shorthanded breakaway that he finished by putting the puck in the top corner.
In the second, Jack O’Brien added to the lead, forcing a turnover behind the Waterloo net and wrapping the puck into an open goal at 6:30.
The Hawks survived a disallowed Lincoln power play goal, then 68 seconds spent two-men shorthanded, and a Waterloo rally followed. At 14:28, Ryan O’Hara redirected Mason Reiners’ one-timer while the teams were skating four-on-four. Then at 15:53, Nic Belpedio produced his first goal of the year with a low shot on a shorthanded breakaway.
However, the Stars went back ahead by two goals at 18:16 on a blast by Nikolai Mayorov.
Waterloo closed to within one goal one more time. At 10:17 of the third, the teams were skating four-on-four when Ethan Szmagaj received a pass in the right circle and squeezed his shot past Ryan Ouellette.
The 4-3 count was short lived; Jake Beaune fired a shot from the high slot that deflected and went in at 11:46. Cole Craft then produced the game’s lone power play goal at 14:46, tipping a chance that had originated from the left point.
Thursday’s game was Waterloo’s final trip to the Ice Box this season. Friday, the Hawks play at Buccaneer Arena for the last time in 2020/21 when they visit the Des Moines Buccaneers at 7:05 p.m.
Waterloo 0 2 1 - 3
Lincoln 2 2 2 - 6
1st Period-1, Lincoln, Laba 6 (O'Brien, Stefan), 11:04. 2, Lincoln, Jurecki 2 15:23 (SH). Penalties-Belpedio Wat (holding), 7:53; Stefan Lin (cross checking), 14:19; Argentina Wat (tripping), 15:28; Thompson Lin (hooking), 16:00.
2nd Period-3, Lincoln, O'Brien 1 6:30. 4, Waterloo, O’Hara 12 (Reiners, Belpedio), 14:28. 5, Waterloo, Belpedio 1 15:53 (SH). 6, Lincoln, Mayorov 14 (Thompson, Hanus), 18:16. Penalties-Jeannette Wat (tripping), 9:38; Schingoethe Wat (cross checking), 10:30; James Lin (slashing), 12:45; Schingoethe Wat (tripping), 14:09.
3rd Period-7, Waterloo, Szmagaj 6 (Ozar), 10:17. 8, Lincoln, Beaune 6 (Jurecki, Thompson), 11:48. 9, Lincoln, Craft 7 (Hanus, Sato), 14:46 (PP). Penalties-Ozar Wat (diving/embellishment), 1:25; Mitchell Lin (hooking), 1:25; Beaune Lin (charging), 5:05; Lagerback Wat (slashing), 9:27; Veremyev Lin (slashing), 9:27; Craft Lin (tripping), 12:25; Argentina Wat (slashing), 14:21; Lagerback Wat (slashing), 15:36; Argentina Wat (10-minute misconduct), 16:43; Stefan Lin (10-minute misconduct), 16:43; Lagerback Wat (cross checking, 10-minute misconduct), 17:54.
Shots on Goal-Waterloo 8-16-7-31. Lincoln 7-9-9-25.
Power Play Opportunities-Waterloo 0 / 5; Lincoln 1 / 7.
Goalies-Waterloo, Williams 3-7-0-0 (8 shots-5 saves); Glockner 9-15-1-0 (17 shots-14 saves). Lincoln, Ouellette 13-20-1-1 (31 shots-28 saves).
Linesmen-Bryan Gorcoff, Michael Ifkovits.