Isaiah Saville made 38 saves and the Tri-City Storm blanked the Waterloo Black Hawks 3-0 at Viaero Center in Kearney, Nebraska, on Friday.
The Tri-City Storm recorded two first period goals; both were in power play situations. Ronnie Attard beat a screened Jared Moe from above the left dot at 5:04. Toward the end of the period at 16:54, Attard brought the puck to the slot; the rebound of his initial chance provided the opportunity for Brendan Furry to stuff in a second power play goal.
The Storm added another goal while skating five-on-three. A laser from Zac Jones originating from the top of the right circle went under the crossbar as the first penalty to the Black Hawks was ending at 4:33.
The third period finished without any scoring, as Waterloo put 17 shots on goal to Tri-City’s four.
Waterloo and Tri-City square off again on Saturday at 7:05 in central Nebraska.
Waterloo 0 0 0 - 0
Tri-City 2 1 0 - 3
1st Period-1, Tri-City, Attard 11 (Furry, Jones), 5:04 (PP). 2, Tri-City, Furry 11 (Attard, Jones), 16:54 (PP). Penalties-Haskins Wat (tripping), 4:43; Attard Tc (slashing), 8:26; Sorensen Wat (bench minor-too many men), 9:30; Bakich Wat (elbowing), 14:08; Palmer Wat (holding), 15:51; Colella Tc (hooking), 19:14.
2nd Period-3, Tri-City, Jones 4 (Furry, Attard), 4:33 (PP). Penalties-Drkulec Wat (tripping), 2:32; Palmer Wat (holding), 3:26; Jones Tc (tripping), 7:34; Caponi Wat (roughing), 13:42; Attard Tc (tripping), 13:51.
3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Caponi Wat (slashing), 2:44; McWard Tc (slashing), 5:26; Jones Tc (boarding), 8:16; Schingoethe Wat (holding), 14:27; Kalezic Tc (slashing), 15:24.
Shots on Goal-Waterloo 9-12-17-38. Tri-City 8-9-4-21.
Power Play Opportunities-Waterloo 0 / 7; Tri-City 3 / 10.
Goalies-Waterloo, Moe 10-7-2-1 (14 shots-11 saves); Stein 9-2-1-0 (7 shots-7 saves). Tri-City, Saville 15-2-1-1 (38 shots-38 saves).
Referees-Jake Jackson, Andrew Rasky.
Linesmen-Mack Darcy, Josh Smith.