Three power play goals and another tally on a penalty shot propelled the Tri-City Storm past the Waterloo Black Hawks 6-2 Friday at Viaero Center in Kearney, Nebraska.
An even-strength two-on-one rush led to Tri-City’s first goal 4:12 into the game. Kieran Cebrian’s low backhander from the edge of the right circle crossed up Hawks goalie Jack Williams, the first puck to elude him this season after a pair of shutouts. Later in the period, Williams made a pair of saves in quick succession during a Storm two-man advantage, but Lleyton Roed was there to put a final rebound chance into an open side at 15:47.
Waterloo sliced into the Storm lead seconds into their own early second period power play. At 1:56, Cooper Wylie blasted the puck toward the net; James Hong screened goalie Chase Clark and tipped Wylie’s chance, drawing the Hawks back within a goal. It would be the only time the Hawks capitalized on nine power plays.
The rest of the period belonged to Tri-City. Graham Gamache scored in transition less then two minutes later. At 11:06, Dane Dowiak converted a penalty shot with a wrister from between the hash marks. Roed added one more – the Storm’s second power play goal – redirecting a feed by Cole O’Hara from just outside the crease at 13:49.
Mason McCormick gave the Hawks a lift 4:01 into the third. Coming up the rink with Mason Reiners, McCormick swatted a puck near the netmouth, which went in off a Storm defender a moment before the Tri-City net was dislodged.
The Storm recorded their final power play goal of the night to cap the scoring when Jeremy Wilmer tipped Vinny Borgesi’s shot-pass at 14:38.
Waterloo’s road weekend continues on Saturday evening when the Black Hawks visit the Des Moines Buccaneers. Puck drop at Buccaneer Arena is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Waterloo 0 1 1 - 2
Tri-City 2 3 1 - 6
1st Period-1, Tri-City, Cebrian 1 (O'Hara, Druskinis), 4:12. 2, Tri-City, Roed 2 (Miller, Czerneckianair), 15:47 (PP). Penalties-Druskinis Tc (cross checking), 4:20; McCormick Wat (holding), 9:21; Cebrian Tc (interference), 12:52; Procious Wat (tripping), 14:18; Schneider Wat (tripping), 14:45; Nikolaev Tc (high sticking), 15:58.
2nd Period-3, Waterloo, Hong 1 (Wylie), 1:56 (PP). 4, Tri-City, Gamache 2 (Wilmer, Czerneckianair), 3:22. 5, Tri-City, Dowiak 1 11:06 (PS). 6, Tri-City, Roed 3 (O'Hara, Brindley), 13:49 (PP). Penalties-Benoit Tc (head contact), 1:41; Strathmann Tc (high sticking), 7:18; McCormick Wat (slashing), 11:06; Schifsky Wat (cross checking), 13:28; Ness Wat (slashing), 15:09; Miller Tc (high sticking), 16:31.
3rd Period-7, Waterloo, McCormick 1 (Reiners), 4:01. 8, Tri-City, Wilmer 3 (Borgesi, Nikolaev), 14:38 (PP). Penalties-Montgomery Tc (high sticking), 0:53; McEwen Tc (kneeing), 11:55; O’Connell Wat (hooking), 12:54; Montgomery Tc (roughing), 15:42.
Shots on Goal-Waterloo 8-14-9-31. Tri-City 14-9-9-32.
Power Play Opportunities-Waterloo 1 / 9; Tri-City 3 / 7.
Goalies-Waterloo, Williams 2-1-0-0 (32 shots-26 saves). Tri-City, Clark 2-0-0-0 (31 shots-29 saves).