A three-goal opening period kept the Tri-City Storm out of reach during a 6-3 win against the Waterloo Black Hawks Friday at Young Arena.
A miscue below the icing line gave the Storm their first goal 1:50 into the game. Walker Duehr was on the spot to stuff a chance inside the post. Tri-City struck again at 15:33 when Joey Matthews’ shot from the left point dipped through traffic and slipped in off a defender. The visitors added one more, converting a power play with cross-ice passing and a last touch by Nico Sturm at 18:11.
Michael Davies’ opportunity during a transition sequence allowed Waterloo to draw a goal back at 9:54 of the second. However, Tri-City answered with two of their own: first Jake Wahlin into an open side at 13:32, then Wade Allison with a biting wrist shot at 18:15.
A Waterloo third period spurt brought the possibility of a comeback into focus for a time. From a faceoff win, Yuri Terao blasted a shot into the net at 5:30. Thirty seconds later, during a delayed penalty situation, Tony Stillwell got the last touch on Collin Saccoman’s attempt, bringing Waterloo back within two goals. The rally ended at 10:25 on Duehr’s second goal of the night.
Waterloo and Tri-City get together for an instant rematch Saturday at Young Arena. The puck drops at 7:05, with good seats available from the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office by calling (319) 291-7680 or online from waterlooblackhawks.com.
Tri-City 3 2 1 – 6
Waterloo 0 1 2 – 3
1st Period-1, Tri-City, Duehr 5 1:50. 2, Tri-City, Matthews 2 (Dixson, Rutherford), 15:33. 3, Tri-City, Sturm 8 (Meyer, Wahlin), 18:11 (PP). Penalties-Charyszyn Wat (boarding), 2:05; Robert Wat (boarding), 10:54; Washe Tc (roughing), 13:15; Newhouse Wat (hooking), 17:38; Wait Wat (roughing), 19:40.
2nd Period-4, Waterloo, Davies 5 (Terao), 9:54. 5, Tri-City, Wahlin 7 (Meyer, Sturm), 13:32. 6, Tri-City, Allison 13 (Limoges), 18:15. Penalties-Washe Tc (hooking), 2:26; Schultz Wat (10-minute misconduct), 7:18.
3rd Period-7, Waterloo, Terao 9 (Cotton), 5:30. 8, Waterloo, Stillwell 1 (Terao, Saccoman), 6:00. 9, Tri-City, Duehr 6 (Washe, Matthews), 10:25. Penalties-Graham Tc (holding), 18:56.
Shots on Goal-Tri-City 17-17-8-42. Waterloo 15-10-13-38.
Power Play Opportunities-Tri-City 1 / 4; Waterloo 0 / 3.
Goalies-Tri-City, Kielly 8-5-1-1 (38 shots-35 saves). Waterloo, Hotte 7-7-0-0 (42 shots-36 saves).
Referees-Tim Ferrel (12).
Linesmen-Ian McCambridge (94), Kyle Larson (93).