The Waterloo Black Hawks went on the road for the first time in more than two weeks and brought back a 4-2 victory from their Friday trip to meet the Des Moines Buccaneers.
The win followed a season-long five-game home stand. Waterloo won all of those games; Friday’s result pushed the Hawks’ win streak to eight.
The visitors broke through for the first goal of the night 11:35 into the game and during the closing moments of a power play. Solag Bakich cut to the net through the left circle, arriving on time to receive a pass from Emil Ohrvall. Bakich redirected the feed past Roman Durny.
A Buccaneer power play conversion leveled the count 3:07 into the second; Matt Brown capitalized from the right circle after Reed Lebster slung a pass to him across the low slot.
The tie lasted until 10:26 when Waterloo recorded the first of two goals in transition. Vladislav Firstov turned above the right circle and toward the slot. Rather than shooting, he snapped a pass to the bottom of the opposite circle. Matej Blumel was on the receiving end and roofed his shot under the crossbar.
Firstov was involved again just over two minutes later. He connected with Joe Cassetti, who returned the puck across the top of the crease, leaving an open side for Firstov to knock it in.
Bakich extended the lead to its widest margin during a power play at 10:14 of the third. This time coming from the right instead of the left, he received a pass out of the left corner from Griffin Ness and lifted in the puck.
Des Moines’ T.J. Walsh capped the scoring on the power play with 6:17 remaining on a shot from the left point.
Logan Stein earned the win with 25 saves.
Saturday the Black Hawks are back at Young Arena to host the Sioux Falls Stampede at 7:05 p.m. It’s an OP College Night with $9 tickets for college students with ID, presented by The Other Place restaurants. Families can take advantage of a National Pizza Day Family 4 Pack special, with four slices of Domino’s Pizza, four attack zone tickets, four soda’s and more for $48. For tickets, call the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680.
Waterloo 1 2 1 - 4
Des Moines 0 1 1 - 2
1st Period-1, Waterloo, Bakich 7 (Engum, Öhrvall), 11:35 (PP). Penalties-Blümel Wat (slashing), 7:59; Mancinelli Dm (high sticking), 9:43; Senken Dm (high sticking), 14:50.
2nd Period-2, Des Moines, Brown 22 (Walsh, Lebster), 3:07 (PP). 3, Waterloo, Blümel 24 (Firstov, Marooney), 10:26. 4, Waterloo, Firstov 20 (Cassetti, Blümel), 12:32. Penalties-Paul Wat (interference), 2:21; Haskins Wat (high sticking), 3:07; Sorensen Wat (cross checking), 6:07.
3rd Period-5, Waterloo, Bakich 8 (Ness, Sorensen), 10:14 (PP). 6, Des Moines, Walsh 11 (Clement, Welsher), 13:43 (PP). Penalties-Senken Dm (tripping), 1:59; Sorensen Wat (roughing), 7:55; Lebster Dm (boarding), 8:58; Lebster Dm (tripping), 11:14; Sorensen Wat (elbowing), 13:11; Palmer Wat (slashing), 15:29.
Shots on Goal-Waterloo 9-13-9-31. Des Moines 10-9-8-27.
Power Play Opportunities-Waterloo 2 / 5; Des Moines 2 / 7.
Goalies-Waterloo, Stein 14-3-1-0 (27 shots-25 saves). Des Moines, Durny 20-11-0-1 (31 shots-27 saves).
Linesmen-Alexios Karabetsos, Cameron Dykstra.