The Waterloo Black Hawks opened up a 4-0 lead Saturday at Young Arena, then denied a Sioux Falls Stampede comeback for a 4-3 home ice win.
Saturday’s result followed up a 6-3 victory Friday, with the matchups completing the six-game season series between the teams. Waterloo comes away with a 4-2-0 final record against the club from South Dakota.
The only goal in the first came moments after a Waterloo power play ended, as the Hawks carried the puck into the offensive zone. Max Sasson and Owen Ozar connected on right wing, and Ozar fed the slot where Wyatt Schingoethe was waiting. Schingoethe scored on one touch at 9:56.
Second period scoring started more quickly. Ryan O’Hara slid a pass behind the Sioux Falls net to Garrett Schifsky. The affiliate forward stepped back into the right circle and scored his first USHL goal, finding a hole in Trent Burnham’s pads, building the lead at the 44-second mark.
A power play conversion at 7:15 made the lead 3-0. The puck deflected to Kyler Kleven at the bottom of the right circle. Under pressure from a defender, Kleven still managed to get a shot away which hit the opposite top corner of the net.
Hawks’ leading scorer Max Sasson added one more crucial goal 1:54 into the third. Tucker Ness fired the puck toward the net from the right point, with Sasson redirecting it from between the circles to extend Waterloo’s margin as far as it would stretch.
Sioux Falls had four third period power plays - including a pair that overlapped - and the Stampede produced a five-on-three goal at 5:28 when Will Dineen poked in the puck after it had been underneath goalie Emmett Croteau.
The Hawks’ lead was trimmed further while the teams skated four-on-four at 14:32; Cal Thomas banked in his first USHL goal. Sioux Falls then moved to within one as 1:25 remained; Cole Sillinger capitalized when a blocked Daniel Russell shot bounced across the slot, leaving him with an open side.
However, Croteau delivered his second win of the weekend and third this year against Sioux Falls. Waterloo’s rookie netminder ended the night with 34 stops, including 15 in the final 20 minutes. The Stampede’s heavy shot count in the final frame pushed them to a 36-28 edge in chances for the night.
The Hawks cross state lines for the final time next week with a two-game trip to meet the Fargo Force Thursday and Friday.
Sioux Falls 0 0 3 - 3
Waterloo 1 2 1 - 4
1st Period-1, Waterloo, Schingoethe 10 (Ozar, Sasson), 9:53. Penalties-Haskins Sf (slashing), 7:50; Schifsky Wat (high sticking), 15:24.
2nd Period-2, Waterloo, Schifsky 1 (O’Hara, Szmagaj), 0:44. 3, Waterloo, Kleven 11 (Ness, Severo), 7:15 (PP). Penalties-Pinoniemi Sf (high sticking), 6:51; Ozar Wat (cross checking), 12:54; Donaldson Sf (bench minor-too many men), 17:02.
3rd Period-4, Waterloo, Sasson 18 (Ness, LaStarza), 1:54. 5, Sioux Falls, Dineen 12 (Toporowski, Sillinger), 5:27 (PP). 6, Sioux Falls, Thomas 1 (Toporowski, Rud), 14:34. 7, Sioux Falls, Sillinger 24 (Russell, Haskins), 18:35. Penalties-Wylie Wat (hooking), 4:34; Bast Wat (interference), 5:11; Szmagaj Wat (roughing), 10:50; Russell Sf (delay of game-faceoff violation), 13:40; Ness Wat (hooking), 13:40; Reiners Wat (holding), 15:50.
Shots on Goal-Sioux Falls 10-8-18-36. Waterloo 12-13-3-28.
Power Play Opportunities-Sioux Falls 1 / 6; Waterloo 1 / 3.
Goalies-Sioux Falls, Burnham 9-16-2-0 (28 shots-24 saves). Waterloo, Croteau 7-5-0-0 (36 shots-33 saves).
Referees-Tyler Hascall, Richard Faron.