The Waterloo Black Hawks rallied once on Saturday evening, but a second comeback never materialized, and the Sioux Falls Stampede pulled out a 4-2 win at Sanford Premier Center.
The matchup went to the first intermission with the Sioux Falls Stampede on top thanks to a goal by Eric MacAdams. At 12:55, MacAdams stepped around a check and lifted a shot past the glove of Cale Morris.
Lawton Courtnall scored shorthanded to give Sioux Falls a 2-0 lead at 6:08 of the second, cashing in on a give-and-go play created by Josh Passolt.
Waterloo roared back with a Ronnie Hein goal just over two minutes later; Hein dashed up the slot to beat Stefanos Lekkas from pointblank range. Alex Robert brought the game level at 11:46, blasting a shot to the top corner after the Hawks hemmed the Stampede in their own zone with relentless pressure for a full minute. However, a turnover at the Hawks blue line allowed Courtnall to put Sioux Falls back in front with a low shot at 14:21.
The visitors were turned away on three power play opportunities during the third. The lone goal came with 3.1 seconds remaining when Parker Toumie tapped the puck into an empty net. Waterloo finished the contest with a 28-25 edge in shots on goal.
The Hawks cap their three game weekend Sunday afternoon against the Sioux City Musketeers. Following that 3:05 road contest, Waterloo returns to Young Arena to host the Omaha Lancers October 24th.
Waterloo 0 2 0 – 2
Sioux Falls 1 2 1 – 4
1st Period-1, Sioux Falls, MacAdams 2 (Riggleman, Vanderbeck), 12:55. Penalties-served by Brushett Sf (too many men), 6:49; Charyszyn Wat (roughing), 12:55; Schultz Wat (tripping), 13:36; Davies Wat (hooking), 16:44; Warpecha Sf (slashing), 19:40.
2nd Period-2, Sioux Falls, Courtnall 2 (Passolt), 6:08 (SH). 3, Waterloo, Hein 1 (Moise), 8:19. 4, Waterloo, Robert 1 (Cotton, Terao), 11:46. 5, Sioux Falls, Courtnall 3 14:21. Penalties-Davies Wat (holding), 2:38; Golovkovs Wat (major-fighting, 10-minute misconduct), 5:36; MacAdams Sf (slashing, major-fighting, 10-minute misconduct), 5:36; Passolt Sf (tripping), 15:06.
3rd Period-6, Sioux Falls, Tuomie 6 19:57 (EN). Penalties-Courtnall Sf (elbowing), 2:21; Switzer Sf (cross checking), 4:45; Rossini Wat (cross checking), 7:25; Lekkas Sf (tripping), 8:05; Moise Wat (head contact), 12:39.
Shots on Goal-Waterloo 11-7-10-28. Sioux Falls 13-8-4-25.
Power Play Opportunities-Waterloo 0 / 7; Sioux Falls 0 / 5.
Goalies-Waterloo, Morris 2-3-1 (24 shots-21 saves). Sioux Falls, Lekkas 2-0-0 (28 shots-26 saves).
Referees-Jim White (22).
Linesmen-Tony Aronson (67), Sam Shikowsky (77).