Goaltender Jack Williams earned his second consecutive shutout and the Waterloo Black Hawks celebrated their home opener with a 3-0 Friday night win versus the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders.
A week earlier, Williams had made 15 saves during a decision against the Youngstown Phantoms. This Friday, he stopped the 21 pucks that made it to the crease. Hawks defenders continued to limit opposing chances; Williams has not faced more than eight shots in any of the six periods he has worked.
Late in an almost-scoreless first period, both Black Hawks defensemen made their way to the edge of the Cedar Rapids crease to record the game’s first goal during a power play with 27.5 seconds remaining before intermission. Cooper Wylie rushed the net out of the right corner and sent a pass to the opposite side of the paint. Mason Reiners was waiting there to flip home a backhander.
There was no change in the score during the second period, but it wasn’t for a lack of chances. Williams made a sharp glove save on Robert Flinton’s partial breakaway with 11 minutes left. Later, Reiners was robbed of his second goal with about six minutes to go in the period; he was set up for a blast from between the left hashmark and the dot during a power play thanks to a pass out of the opposite corner. The save was Connor Hasley’s best of 15 during the frame.
Another power play goal padded the Waterloo lead at 2:39 of the third. Garrett Schifsky slipped out of traffic just inside the RoughRider blue line. Making his way to the slot, Schifsky beat Hasley with Gavin O’Connell providing traffic near the netmouth. The tally made Schifsky the first Hawks skater with multiple goals this season.
Tyler Kostelecky helped the finalize the outcome, capping his Black Hawks debut with a 150-foot empty-netter from his own zone as 1:57 remained.
The Hawks are now off until next weekend when the team goes west to meet the Tri-City Storm and the Des Moines Buccaneers.
Cedar Rapids 0 0 0 - 0
Waterloo 1 0 2 - 3
1st Period-1, Waterloo, Reiners 1 (Wylie, Hong), 19:32 (PP). Penalties-Brenner Cr (holding), 4:30; Hanley Cr (checking from behind), 18:41.
2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Batchelder Wat (cross checking), 2:32; Ando Cr (roughing), 13:38; Fleming Cr (roughing), 13:38; LaStarza Wat (roughing), 13:38; Fleming Cr (boarding), 19:07.
3rd Period-2, Waterloo, Schifsky 2 (O’Connell, Procious), 2:39 (PP). 3, Waterloo, Kostelecky 1 (Ness), 18:03 (EN). Penalties-Percival Cr (holding), 0:55; Batchelder Wat (interference), 9:01.
Shots on Goal-Cedar Rapids 8-8-5-21. Waterloo 10-15-12-37.
Power Play Opportunities-Cedar Rapids 0 / 2; Waterloo 2 / 5.
Goalies-Cedar Rapids, Hasley 0-2-0-0 (36 shots-34 saves). Waterloo, Williams 2-0-0-0 (21 shots-21 saves).
Linesmen-Pete Jenkin, Michael Ifkovits.