The countdowns to Christmas break and P.K. O’Handley’s 700th regular season win both ended on Saturday night as the Waterloo Black Hawks outdistanced the Madison Capitols 5-3 on the road.
Of O’Handley’s 700 victories, 560 have come since taking over as head coach in Waterloo prior to the 2002/03 season. In that time, the Hawks have won three Anderson Cups – including the 2017/18 title –for having the USHL’s best regular season record. Waterloo has also reached the playoffs in 14 of the last 16 seasons. O’Handley’s other 140 regular season wins came with the North Iowa Huskies during the 1990s.
Saturday’s result was the Black Hawks’ fourth consecutive win.
The two teams combined to score four goals in just over five minutes at the outset, with the Capitols leading twice. The opening goal was a rebound batted in at the 52-second mark by Madison’s Chase Brand. Waterloo answered just over a minute later on a passing play which left Ryan Drkulec with an open side.
The Caps established their second lead of the period at 3:58; Chaz Smedsrud swiped the puck at the Waterloo blue line and went to the net to slip in a backhander. Waterloo leveled the score again at 5:14, with Dane Montgomery setup between the circles. His shot was partially stopped by Garrett Mckay but had enough to trickle across the goal line.
Waterloo moved to the lead with a transition goal at 14:28. Joe Cassetti navigated traffic in the neutral zone, setting up Kyle Haskins, who snapped a shot under the crossbar from the left circle.
Haskins struck again for the only goal of the second period. Relief netminder Joey Lamoreaux was caught out of position and came scrambling back to the crease, but Haskins collected the puck in the right circle and sent home his attempt past a shot blocker. Haskins was shaken up on the play, but returned to the game later in the period.
The Hawks scored the game’s only power play goal at 7:35 of the third. An off-balance Lamoreaux was bumped to the ice by his own defender, providing Vladislav Firstov with an open net to score into from a sharp angle. A subsequent Waterloo power play ended, leading to the final Madison goal. Christian Berger came out of the penalty box and received the puck at center ice, zipping into the offensive zone to capitalize on a breakaway.
The score remained the same during a penalty-filled sequence in the closing minutes. In the middle of those calls, Waterloo killed off more than a minute of six-on-three time with the Madison net empty for an extra attacker.
The Hawks are now off for the holidays until a December 27th road game against the Sioux Falls Stampede.
Waterloo 3 1 1 - 5
Madison 2 0 1 - 3
1st Period-1, Madison, Brand 4 (Bantle, Berger), 0:52. 2, Waterloo, Haskins 4 (Drkulec, Marooney), 1:56. 3, Madison, Smedsrud 6 3:58. 4, Waterloo, Montgomery 1 (Guzzo, Engum), 5:14. 5, Waterloo, Haskins 5 (Cassetti, Palmer), 14:28. Penalties-Brand Mad (slashing), 15:38; Foskey Mad (roughing), 18:39.
2nd Period-6, Waterloo, Haskins 6 (Bakich, Drkulec), 2:48. Penalties-Drkulec Wat (cross checking), 4:22; Szmagaj Wat (tripping), 12:15; Weber Mad (holding), 17:12; Engum Wat (roughing), 17:58.
3rd Period-7, Waterloo, Firstov 16 (Cassetti, Sorensen), 7:35 (PP). 8, Madison, Berger 2 (Foskey), 13:10. Penalties-Berger Mad (holding), 3:58; Marooney Wat (holding), 4:08; Suter Mad (holding), 6:19; Palmer Wat (roughing), 8:50; Boyer Mad (roughing), 8:50; Berger Mad (cross checking), 11:02; Haskins Wat (slashing), 14:03; Lamoreaux Mad (tripping), 14:21; Bakich Wat (roughing), 16:11; Öhrvall Wat (hooking), 16:44; Berger Mad (tripping), 18:21; Palmer Wat (high sticking, roughing), 18:59; Petrick Mad (holding), 18:59.
Shots on Goal-Waterloo 13-7-12-32. Madison 8-12-8-28.
Power Play Opportunities-Waterloo 1 / 10; Madison 0 / 10.
Goalies-Waterloo, Stein 8-1-1-0 (28 shots-25 saves). Madison, Mackay 1-1-1-0 (13 shots-10 saves); Lamoreaux 5-13-0-1 (19 shots-17 saves).
Linesmen-Cameron Dykstra, Sam Rankin.