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POSTGAME RECAP: HAWKS HEAT UP HOME ICE

By Waterloo Black Hawks, 01/27/17, 11:00PM CST

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Two goals during each period and a defensive effort which limited the opposition to just 16 shots lifted the Waterloo Black Hawks to a 6-2 win against the Omaha Lancers at Young Arena Friday.

Jackson Cates scored the first and last goal of the game, also contributing an assist during his three-point performance.  The first-year forward sent the Hawks to their first lead at 9:13, capitalizing when Jake Ryczek’s errant shot created an opportunity from close range.  Just 90 seconds later, Josh DeLuca tied the score, sending a low chance from the left hash mark past Robbie Beydoun’s glove.

The Hawks went to the lead again on a Garrett Wait wrister from the right circle at 16:16.  Omaha’s response was noted just over two minutes later on Emilio Pettersen’s five-on-three power play goal.

Undaunted, Waterloo tallied the first of four unanswered goals late in the second period.  Nick Swaney created the play behind the Omaha net at 16:58, feeding Shane Bowers, who snapped in a low shot to the glove side.  The Hawks then made the most of their first power play at 18:44 on a blue line blast by Grant Gabriele.

Playing in his first game for the Hawks, Sam Craggs set up a pair of third period scores.  Just 15 seconds out of intermission, he fished a puck off the end wall and set up Swaney with an open net.  During the final minute of play Craggs engineered a similar opportunity for Cates, slipping a pass across the top of the crease during a power play.

Beydoun made 14 saves for the victory.  Ryan Keane absorbed the loss despite 38 stops on 44 Waterloo chances.

The Hawks conclude their season-long five-game homestand Saturday with a Dupaco Cowbell Cup tilt against the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders.  For tickets, call the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680.

For more photos from the Black Hawks’ 2016/17 season, visit Stephanie Lyn Photography.

Omaha 2 0 0 – 2
Waterloo 2 2 2 – 6

1st Period-1, Waterloo, Cates 3 (Bowers, Ryczek), 9:13. 2, Omaha, DeLuca 1 (Marshall, Pettersen), 10:43. 3, Waterloo, Wait 5 (Conger, Charyszyn), 16:16. 4, Omaha, Pettersen 6 (Joyaux, Suchy), 18:24 (PP). Penalties-Anderson Wat (tripping), 16:46; Ryczek Wat (high sticking), 17:50.

2nd Period-5, Waterloo, Bowers 12 (Swaney, Ryczek), 16:58. 6, Waterloo, Gabriele 2 (Cates), 18:44 (PP). Penalties-Bowers Wat (tripping), 8:33; Joyaux Oma (slashing), 17:27.

3rd Period-7, Waterloo, Swaney 15 (Craggs, Anderson), 0:15. 8, Waterloo, Cates 4 (Craggs, Jenuwine), 19:33 (PP). Penalties-Sorensen Wat (roughing), 10:07; Wait Wat (goalie interference), 15:12; Alger Oma (tripping), 18:30.

Shots on Goal-Omaha 6-5-5-16. Waterloo 7-23-14-44.
Power Play Opportunities-Omaha 1 / 5; Waterloo 2 / 2.
Goalies-Omaha, Keane 0-2-0-0 (44 shots-38 saves). Waterloo, Beydoun 16-9-1-2 (16 shots-14 saves).
A-2,265
Referees-Stan Szczurek (23).
Linesmen-Randy Dengler (48), Ian McCambridge (94).