Connor Brown produced a goal, two assists, and a key defensive play Saturday during the Waterloo Black Hawks’ 5-2 win against the Sioux City Musketeers at Young Arena.
The result opened a sequence where the Hawks play six of seven games on home ice in a 21-day span.
Waterloo killed an early Sioux City power play, and took momentum from that special teams success to score the lone goal of the first period only minutes later. At 7:40, Sam Rinzel moved the puck up ice and put a shot wide of the net from the blue line. Jake Rozzi tracked down the rebound behind the net and fed a pass to the top of the crease where John Waldron was waiting to bang it in.
Sioux City was on their advantage looking for an equalizer just before intermission. With chaos in front of the Black Hawks net and Emmett Croteau flat on the ice after an initial save, Brown went to one knee for a shot block in the goal crease, which helped Waterloo preserve the lead to intermission.
The teams exchanged goals in the second. The Hawks made it 2-0 at 5:25; Brown’s takeaway just outside the Musketeer blue line led to a Mason McCormick shot that hit the post. Tucker Ness fired the rebound back toward the goal, with Brown tipping the chance before it trickled across the goal line.
Sioux City’s answer came at 7:53, moments after a Hawks power play had ended; an odd-man look gave Nick Pierre the chance to slip a low shot under Croteau.
The Hawks stretched their lead with two more tallies in the first eight minutes of the third period. Playing in his first USHL game, Will Schumacher’s wraparound attempt clicked with Garrett Schifsky at the opposite post. Schifsky squeezed a shot past Axel Mangbo at 4:43. Just over three minutes later, Brown was set up for a chance from the slot. Although the puck didn’t come off his stick cleanly, it went right to McCormick, who stuffed in a chance from close range.
The Musketeers drew within one with 58.4 seconds remaining on a shot from above the right circle by Leyton Stenman.
Waterloo’s Cooper Wylie lifted the last shot of the night into an empty net from the Sioux City blue line at 19:58.
Croteau ended the evening with a victorious 28-save performance as the Hawks outshot the Musketeers 39-30.
The Black Hawks are back in action Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. against the Madison Capitols. Fans age 21 and over at Young Arena can enjoy 2-for-1 Busch Light through the end of the first period. For seats, call the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680 or visit tickets.waterlooblackhawks.com.
Sioux City 0 1 1 - 2
Waterloo 1 1 3 - 5
1st Period-1, Waterloo, Waldron 2 (Rozzi, Rinzel), 7:40. Penalties-Cardona Wat (tripping), 4:39; Reiners Wat (interference), 17:44.
2nd Period-2, Waterloo, Brown 2 (Ness, McCormick), 5:25. 3, Sioux City, Pierre 5 (Doran), 10:04. Penalties-Pierre Sc (hooking), 7:47; McCormick Wat (tripping), 10:49.
3rd Period-4, Waterloo, Schifsky 6 (Schumacher, Brown), 4:43. 5, Waterloo, McCormick 3 (Brown, Schumacher), 7:53. 6, Sioux City, Stenman 1 (McLaughlin, Schoen), 19:02. 7, Waterloo, Wylie 2 (Schifsky), 19:58 (EN). Penalties-Cardona Wat (head contact), 13:48.
Shots on Goal-Sioux City 12-6-12-30. Waterloo 13-14-12-39.
Power Play Opportunities-Sioux City 0 / 4; Waterloo 0 / 1.
Goalies-Sioux City, Mangbo 3-3-1-1 (38 shots-34 saves). Waterloo, Croteau 2-3-0-0 (30 shots-28 saves).