Emil Ohrvall recorded his third hat trick of the season, and the Waterloo Black Hawks cut down the Omaha Lancers 5-1 Thursday night at Young Arena.
Ohrvall’s goals during Thursday’s game give him 20 this season, making him the second Hawk after Matej Blumel to reach the 20-goal threshold this winter. The win moves Waterloo into sole possession of second place in the USHL Western Conference, breaking a tie with the Des Moines Buccaneers.
The Hawks lunged into the lead by capitalizing on their only first period power play. At 12:55, James Marooney let go of a shot from the right point. Joe Cassetti was between Marooney and the net, and deflected the disc past Akira Schmid.
In the second period, the teams saved all of their scoring for the final four minutes. At 16:04, a faceoff came almost immediately to Ohrvall between the dot and the inside hashmark of the left circle. Ohrvall wired his shot to the top corner over Schmid’s left shoulder.
Omaha’s Harrison Roy picked the same spot to score at the other end of the ice not quite two minutes later. The third man in on a three-on-two rush, Roy scooted through the left circle before lifting his attempt past Logan Stein. However, it was just 45 seconds before Ohrvall pushed the lead back to two; swiping the puck near the side of the net, he dodged Schmid’s pokecheck and stuffed in a try from the top of the crease.
Ohrvall finished the hat trick during a power play at 5:13 of the third. His shot from the right circle went across the face of goal and inside the opposite post. Jacob Bengtsson later notched his first USHL goal from the left point, through traffic, on a subsequent power play at 15:30. For the night, Waterloo was three-for-six on the advantage.
Stein stopped 27 of 28 Lancer shots for the win.
After taking Friday off, the Black Hawks are right back Saturday for a Dupaco Cowbell Cup matchup against the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. Standing room tickets are available for the matchup which begins at 7:05 p.m. To order, call the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680.
Omaha 0 1 0 - 1
Waterloo 1 2 2 - 5
1st Period-1, Waterloo, Cassetti 13 (Firstov, Marooney), 12:55 (PP). Penalties-Mitchell Oma (tripping), 12:27; Cameron Wat (hooking), 14:11.
2nd Period-2, Waterloo, Öhrvall 18 (Cameron, Ness), 16:04. 3, Omaha, Roy 8 (Savage, Shields), 17:56. 4, Waterloo, Öhrvall 19 18:41. Penalties-Kawamura Oma (roughing), 0:24; Long Oma (slashing), 2:26; Drkulec Wat (interference), 7:15; Palmer Wat (tripping), 13:31.
3rd Period-5, Waterloo, Öhrvall 20 (Engum, Sorensen), 5:13 (PP). 6, Waterloo, Bengtsson 1 (Haskins, Cameron), 15:30 (PP). Penalties-Silver Oma (cross checking), 3:41; WIll Oma (major-elbowing, game misconduct-elbowing), 12:12; DiCesare Oma (high sticking dbl minor), 15:30.
Shots on Goal-Omaha 14-11-7-32. Waterloo 14-10-20-44.
Power Play Opportunities-Omaha 0 / 3; Waterloo 3 / 6.
Goalies-Omaha, Schmid 3-7-0-0 (44 shots-39 saves). Waterloo, Moe 13-7-2-1 (4 shots-4 saves); Stein 10-3-1-0 (28 shots-27 saves).
Referees-Steven Reneau, Ian McCambridge (94).
Linesmen-Nikolaus Diehr, Bryan Gorcoff.