The Waterloo Black Hawks used three weekend wins to vault from a sixth place tie in the USHL Western Conference up to within one point of third place, finishing with a 5-2 road victory Sunday at Tyson Events Center against the Sioux City Musketeers.
Opening the weekend with 5-2 and 4-1 home wins against the Sioux Falls Stampede, Waterloo traveled to meet the Siouxland’s other club for the third contest within a 48 hour span.
Captain Ronnie Hein recorded the first goal of the afternoon 3:06 into the first period, but had to leave the game at the same point. Hein redirected a Nick Swaney pass into the net before careening into the goalpost. Initially ruled “no goal,” the call was changed after a video review.
Shane Bowers’ puck handling made the score 2-0. Steering behind then net, then into the left circle, Bowers fed the disc into the crease where it deflected into the net off a defender. Sioux City drew within one on a power play less than a minute later. When the puck came out of the right wing corner, Jake Ryczek was left one-on-one against Cale Morris and snapped a wrist shot between the pipes.
With 1:29 left before intermission, the Hawks’ Liam Pecararo navigated through traffic to the net to reestablish a two-goal lead. Pecararo baited goalie Cam Gornet into lunging to his right; the Hawks’ forward then pulled the puck to his backhand and slipped it in.
Sioux City scored the only goal of the second, 1:18 into the period. Mitch Fossier stepped into the zone and wristed a shot off the crossbar, down, and in.
Bowers firmed the Black Hawks lead 9:36 into the third period, completing a pretty give-and-go passing play with Marshall Moise at top speed. David Cotton added the first Hawks shorthanded goal of the season with 2:31 to play, from his own zone into an empty net.
Up next, the Black Hawks complete a sequence of six games against Western Conference opponents by visiting the Des Moines Buccaneers Friday.
Waterloo 3 0 2 – 5
Sioux City 1 1 0 – 2
1st Period-1, Waterloo, Hein 8 (Pecararo, Swaney), 3:04. 2, Waterloo, Bowers 8 (Schultz), 12:20. 3, Sioux City, Ryczek 3 (Scheid, Fossier), 13:13 (PP). 4, Waterloo, Pecararo 9 (Robert, Swaney), 18:31. Penalties-Tolvanen Sc (interference), 7:18; Meike Wat (tripping), 12:51.
2nd Period-5, Sioux City, Fossier 6 (Steeves), 1:18. Penalties-Fossier Sc (roughing), 0:00; Valesano Sc (interference), 3:39; Steeves Sc (checking from behind, 10-minute misconduct), 9:39; Davies Wat (cross checking), 12:24; Knies Sc (cross checking), 12:24; Schultz Wat (cross checking), 17:38; Dodero Sc (cross checking), 17:38; Swaney Wat (kneeing), 17:52; Anderson Wat (roughing), 19:16; Fossier Sc (roughing), 19:16.
3rd Period-6, Waterloo, Bowers 9 (Moise), 9:36. 7, Waterloo, Cotton 14 17:29 (SH EN). Penalties-Rigali Sc (interference), 6:49; Charyszyn Wat (roughing dbl minor), 11:24; Gestro Sc (roughing dbl minor), 11:24; Hildenbrand Wat (hooking), 17:07.
Shots on Goal-Waterloo 13-9-10-32. Sioux City 10-8-9-27.
Power Play Opportunities-Waterloo 0 / 4; Sioux City 1 / 2.
Goalies-Waterloo, Morris 11-7-0-2 (27 shots-25 saves). Sioux City, Gornet 14-16-1-0 (31 shots-27 saves).
Referees-Jeff Parker (9), Michael Zalcman (8).
Linesmen-Kris Delaney (35), Michael Fusani (56).