Black Hawks Win Game 3, Game 4 Sunday in Waterloo
Waterloo seized the lead in the opening minutes Saturday, and Cale Morris held off the Lincoln Stars during a 4-3 Young Arena playoff victory.
Morris made 38 stops, including 15 during the third period, allowing the home team to stay out of reach. The victory gives the Black Hawks a two-games-to-one lead in the best-of-five first round series against Lincoln.
The Hawks were off to a good beginning during the opening period. Waterloo capitalized in transition at 4:21 when Nick Swaney found a loose puck and stuffed it into the net, following Ronnie Hein’s efforts to maneuver into the offensive zone. Waterloo followed up by capitalizing in the opening seconds of a power play at the ten minute mark. Swaney was setup beside the net a fed a pass to Ronnie Hein barreling up the slot. Hein scored on one touch past the glove of Peyton Jones.
Lincoln moved back within one during a power play at 16:26 as Trevor Hamilton snuck in to score from the left circle after a cross-slot feed by Grant Jozefek.
The Hawks matched their two-to-one scoring ratio in the second period, although the goals came in a different order. At 6:13, Jones could not knock down Zach Yon’s shot from the left circle; it went off the Stars netminder and in. Lincoln drew back within a goal at 13:42 when Tanner Laczynski knocked in a chance from close range. However, Waterloo went back ahead by two goals at 15:35; Ben Newhouse came to the ice on a change and jumped right into a rush. Newhouse flipped a shot-like pass toward the net, but really a deft pass, Ryan Lohin swooped in to knock the puck between the pipes.
Lincoln’s Anthony Wyse recorded the only goal of the third, putting a shot through traffic and into the net from the left circle at 8:42.
Game Four in the USHL Western Conference Semifinal series will be played at Young Arena on Sunday. Gates open at 4:05 ahead of a 5:05 opening faceoff. For tickets, call the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680 or visit waterlooblackhawks.com.
GOALS BY PERIOD 1 2 3 - T Lincoln 1 1 1 - 3 Waterloo 2 2 0 - 4 - Final