Tarek Baker converted the only chance during a seven-round shootout, nudging the Bloomington Thunder past the Waterloo Black Hawks, 3-2, on Friday at Young Arena.
Baker scored on a low shot inside the post to the right of Hawks netminder Cale Morris after six shooters from each team had been turned away. Hayden Lavigne made a final save on the Black Hawks’ last chance, attempted by Kevin Charyszyn.
The Thunder had been responsible for all of the first period offense within a two-minute span. On a power play at 5:21, Jeremy Davies put in a sharp-angled chance to the right of Morris. A wraparound to the same post at 7:17 by Jake Durflinger made the score 2-0.
The Black Hawks broke through with a power play goal in the second. After Michael Davies set up a Yuri Terao one-timer which was turned away, the Hawks tried the same combination in reverse order. Terao put the puck on a tee, and Davies blasted it into the net from the high slot at 13:39.
Waterloo tied it at 11:14 of the third period on an unlikely goal. Corralling the puck in the left wing corner, Nick Swaney sent a shot parallel to the goal line, which bounced off of defenseman Butrus Ghafari and past Hayden Lavigne.
The Hawks are on home ice again Saturday against the league-leading Lincoln Stars. It’s a college weekend, so tickets are just $8 for students with a valid ID. After the game, Waterloo’s patriotic jerseys will be auctioned, with profits benefitting the Sullivan-Hartogh-Davis Post 730 Honor Flight. For tickets, call the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680 or visit waterlooblackhawks.com.
Bloomington 2 0 0 0 – 3
Waterloo 0 1 1 0 – 2
1st Period-1, Bloomington, Davies 2 (Rafferty, Lavigne), 5:21 (PP). 2, Bloomington, Durflinger 3 (Gober), 7:17. Penalties-Gober Blm (slashing), 1:48; Anderson Wat (holding), 4:32; Somoza Blm (slashing), 8:52; Davies Wat (hooking), 14:51.
2nd Period-3, Waterloo, Davies 2 (Pecararo, Terao), 13:39 (PP). Penalties-Swaney Wat (slashing), 10:50; Foley Blm (slashing), 12:15; Curry Blm (high sticking), 18:26.
3rd Period-4, Waterloo, Swaney 8 (Pecararo, Newhouse), 11:14. Penalties-Chaffee Blm (charging), 5:22; Lambdin Blm (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 9:43; Rossini Wat (roughing), 9:43.
1st OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties
Shootout – Bloomington 1 (Conger NG, Gober NG, Somoza NG, Davies NG, Barr NG, Slaker NG, Baker G), Waterloo 0 (Davies NG, Pecararo NG, Swaney NG, Terao NG, Hein NG, Cotton NG, Charyszyn NG).
Shots on Goal-Bloomington 9-10-7-7-1-34. Waterloo 6-13-12-3-0-34.
Power Play Opportunities-Bloomington 1 / 3; Waterloo 1 / 5.
Goalies-Bloomington, Lavigne 7-2-0-1 (34 shots-32 saves). Waterloo, Morris 6-4-0-2 (33 shots-31 saves).
Referees-Matt Larson (13).
Linesmen-Kevin Brennan (87).