Three goals in the first 2:22 of the third period made the difference during a 5-2 Waterloo Black Hawks win Friday at Young Arena against the Sioux Falls Stampede.
Leading 2-0 when the period began, Liam Pecararo knocked in his a rebound after zipping to the front of the net 61 seconds after action had resumed following the second intermission. Then David Cotton lifted his second goal of the night into the net from a sharp angle off of Stefanos Lekkas 1:10 later. It took only 11 seconds more for Ronnie Hein to capitalize when a blocked shot came his way, providing the opportunity to fire a chance of his own from the left circle to the long side top corner.
It had looked as though the first period might end with no score, but with 28.4 seconds remaining, Cotton broke the deadlock in transition. He put a shot on net from below the left dot, it bounced back to him off Lekkas, and from a tight angle, the Waterloo forward slipped the puck across the line.
The Hawks added another goal in the second, and limited the Stampede to just three shots during the period. Waterloo’s tally came on the power play at 16:23, when the rebound of a Ben Newhouse shot from the left point was knocked in by Shane Bowers.
Joe Rutkowski broke up Drew Hotte’s shutout bid with a goal from the left circle at 5:43 of the third. The Stampede added another during a power play on an Alex Stevens chance at 8:00. Hotte made 24 saves during the victory, while Lekkas turned aside 35 pucks in the loss.
Waterloo and Sioux Falls duel again on Saturday. After the game, the Hawks’ 2016 John Deere jerseys will be auctioned, benefitting local chapters of Junior Achievement and Big Brothers Big Sisters. John Deere employees and their families can take advantage of $8 tickets for any available seat in Party Town. Call the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680 for more information.
Sioux Falls 0 0 2 – 2
Waterloo 1 1 3 – 5
1st Period-1, Waterloo, Cotton 11 (Davies, Swaney), 19:32. Penalties-Meike Wat (interference), 4:41; Hotte Wat (delay of game), 6:32; Peters Sf (head contact), 10:00.
2nd Period-2, Waterloo, Bowers 7 (Schultz, Newhouse), 16:23 (PP). Penalties-Warpecha Sf (tripping), 1:44; Robert Wat (interference), 4:31; Bowers Wat (high sticking), 14:05; Tuomie Sf (hooking), 15:31.
3rd Period-3, Waterloo, Pecararo 8 (Hein), 1:01. 4, Waterloo, Cotton 12 (Robert, Hildenbrand), 2:11. 5, Waterloo, Hein 7 (Pecararo, Swaney), 2:22. 6, Sioux Falls, Rutkowski 1 (Tuomie, Cecere), 5:43. 7, Sioux Falls, Stevens 3 (Cecere), 8:00 (PP). Penalties-Robert Wat (hooking), 6:03; MacAdams Sf (roughing dbl minor), 7:13; Davies Wat (roughing dbl minor), 7:13; Nicholas Sf (roughing dbl minor), 8:38; Hildenbrand Wat (roughing dbl minor), 8:38; Passolt Sf (unsportsmanlike cnd., roughing), 16:41; Sellar Sf (slashing), 16:41; Cotton Wat (roughing), 16:41; Pecararo Wat (roughing), 16:41.
Shots on Goal-Sioux Falls 9-3-14-26. Waterloo 16-10-16-42.
Power Play Opportunities-Sioux Falls 1 / 5; Waterloo 1 / 4.
Goalies-Sioux Falls, Lekkas 11-12-1-1 (42 shots-37 saves). Waterloo, Hotte 8-7-0-0 (26 shots-24 saves).
Referees-Erik Krasnichuk (7).
Linesmen-Rocco Stachowiak (31), Ryan Szymanski (88).