Garrett Metcalf made 33 saves Tuesday during a 5-0 shutout victory versus the Des Moines Buccaneers at Buccaneer Arena.
Metcalf set the tone in the opening minutes, denying a breakaway by Bucs leading scorer Kenny Hausinger. The Hawks goalie made double-digit saves in each period, accumulating 13 stops in the first.
A blocked shot set up the game’s first goal minutes later. At 8:41, Hank Sorensen’s chance went off a leg and came to Nick Swaney, who flipped it in from the right circle. The Hawks added to the lead nearly five minutes later at 13:32; Jake Ryczek stepped around a defender, sweeping a pass to the top of the crease where Zach Yon was left with an open side.
After starting the second period shorthanded, the Black Hawks built their lead at even strength. At 5:51, Ryan Lohin made his way up right wing and snapped a shot over the shoulder of Nick MacNab. Into the game came Jan Ruzicka, but the new netmainder didn’t fare much better. Yon scored his second of the game, on a power play, at 7:06.
Sam McCormick went to the net to score the only goal of the third at 11:54. Yon’s pass from the left circle found McCormick in a scoring position just outside the crease, and the Ohio State recruit completed the rush by knocking the pass between the pipes.
The final Waterloo road game of the regular season will be Friday against the Lincoln Stars. The Hawks will then finish with three at home against the Sioux City Musketeers, Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, and Dubuque Fighting Saints.
Waterloo 2 2 1 – 5
Des Moines 0 0 0 – 0
1st Period-1, Waterloo, Swaney 28 8:41. 2, Waterloo, Yon 23 (Ryczek), 13:32. Penalties-Wait Wat (hooking), 9:41; Ferrario Dm (slashing), 18:05; Hein Wat (cross checking), 20:00; Swaney Wat (game misconduct), 20:00.
2nd Period-3, Waterloo, Lohin 23 5:51. 4, Waterloo, Yon 24 (Ryczek), 7:06 (PP). Penalties-Wolff Dm (slashing), 2:08; served by Dm (too many men), 6:44; Grasso Dm (slashing), 14:01.
3rd Period-5, Waterloo, McCormick 29 (Yon, Rossini), 11:54. Penalties-McCormick Wat (hooking), 3:09; Ruzicka Dm (delay of game), 12:30; Terao Wat (roughing), 13:19; Jordan Dm (10-minute misconduct), 14:03.
Shots on Goal-Waterloo 11-12-10-33. Des Moines 13-10-10-33.
Power Play Opportunities-Waterloo 1 / 5; Des Moines 0 / 4.
Goalies-Waterloo, Metcalf 12-15-2-2 (33 shots-33 saves). Des Moines, MacNab 12-11-2-0 (16 shots-13 saves); Ruzicka 12-17-2-0 (17 shots-15 saves).
Referees-Walker Holton (19), Chris Waterstradt (72).
Linesmen-Michael Houle (50), Kyle Richetelle (97).