On a night when the Waterloo Black Hawks equaled their largest goal-scoring mark of the season, it was the defense which stole the show during a 5-1 win against the Omaha Lancers.
Waterloo was a perfect four-for-four on the penalty kill, which included fending off a five minute major power play third, with a full two minutes of five-on-three time wrapped in due to an overlapping call. Despite that significant Lancer advantage, the Hawks allowed just seven shots in the period and 17 for the game. Cale Morris made 16 saves in the win.
Michael Davies was a major contributor to Waterloo’s penalty-killing and defensive efforts. For good measure, he led the Hawks with four points at the other end of the rink, racking up a goal and three assists.
Scoring started at a quick clip during the opening minutes. On a power play at 4:28, Davies wound up for a full slapshot from the right point a blasted the puck under the crossbar. However, less than two minutes later, Omaha kept the disc free at the top of the Black Hawks’ crease, leaving an opportunity for Brian Williams to tap a chance inside the post. Waterloo went back to the lead at 7:39; Yuri Terao redirected a Davies shot to cap the first period scoring.
Waterloo struck twice in the second, as well. Just 2:05 into the period, Davies was knocked down at the Omaha blue line as he rushed up the rink. Cameron Orchard swooped in, snagged the puck, and, after stickhandling goalie Zackarias Skog down, laid a backhander between the pipes. Nick Swaney added the next tally at 17:04. Following an icing call, the Lancers pushed the puck to center but couldn’t complete a change before Swaney swiped it. He cut across the slot, then roofed a shot over Skog’s left shoulder.
The only scoring during the third came just 36 seconds into the period. Davies and Liam Pecararo moved the puck into position for Terao to fire in from the left circle. It was Terao’s third point of the night.
The Hawks continue a three-game home stand Friday against the Bloomington Thunder. The first 500 fans will receive a Craig Smith alumni series stadium cup, presented by Beck’s Taproom Grill and Hurricane Wings Bar and Grill in Waterloo. For tickets, visit waterlooblackhawks.com or call the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680.
Omaha 1 0 0 – 1
Waterloo 2 2 1 – 5
1st Period-1, Waterloo, Davies 1 (Pecararo, Terao), 4:28 (PP). 2, Omaha, Williams 4 (Joyaux, Rivera), 6:02. 3, Waterloo, Terao 3 (Robert, Davies), 7:39. Penalties-Massie Oma (kneeing), 3:50; French Oma (roughing), 11:23; Schultz Wat (roughing), 11:23; MacLean Oma (slashing), 12:02.
2nd Period-4, Waterloo, Orchard 3 (Davies, Luhmann), 2:05. 5, Waterloo, Swaney 7 17:04. Penalties-Rivera Oma (elbowing), 6:40; Rivera Oma (head contact), 11:00; Luhmann Wat (cross checking), 13:48; Wait Wat (roughing), 17:17; Fallstrom Oma (hooking), 18:52.
3rd Period-6, Waterloo, Terao 4 (Davies, Pecararo), 0:36 (PP). Penalties-Moise Wat (major-head contact), 6:48; Copeland Wat (bench – coach), 8:06; Williams Oma (roughing), 11:58; Bigelbach Oma (roughing dbl minor), 17:11; French Oma (cross checking), 17:11; Pecararo Wat (roughing dbl minor), 17:11.
Shots on Goal-Omaha 5-5-7-17. Waterloo 12-7-9-28.
Power Play Opportunities-Omaha 0 / 4; Waterloo 2 / 7.
Goalies-Omaha, Skog 4-3-0-1 (28 shots-23 saves). Waterloo, Morris 6-4-0-1 (17 shots-16 saves).
Referees-Sean MacFarlane (17).
Linesmen-Jacob Fraser (71), Chris Long (79).