Peyton Jones stopped everything which came his way Saturday as the Lincoln Stars limited Waterloo Black Hawks chances in a 5-0 first-round playoff decision at the Ice Box.
Jones needed just 23 saves for the shutout and was tested with double-digit Black Hawks chances only during the opening period. Lincoln’s win evens the best-of-five playoff series at one victory per side after Waterloo had prevailed 2-1 in Game 1 Friday.
Lincoln recorded the first goal of the contest at 10:14 of the opening period. Jochim Weberg capitalized from close range after Jack Badini’s shot from a sharp angle had clanked off the post.
Shorthanded and power play goals during the second period boosted the Lincoln lead. At 3:32, a shorthanded two-on-one led to a goal by Collin Peters, set up by Biagio Lerario. Almost exactly ten minutes later, a power play faceoff win set up an opportunity for Trevor Hamilton, and he was able to blast a shot to the twine through traffic.
Hamilton added his second of the game, speeding into the Black Hawks zone on an odd-man rush at 14:07 of the third and knocking in a setup by Grant Jozefek. Jozefek later tracked down a loose puck for an empty net goal to seal the result with 3:15 remaining.
The Hawks and Stars meet for Game Three in Waterloo next Saturday. Individual game tickets for the 7:05 matchup at Young Arena are on sale at waterlooblackhawks.com. Fans are also encouraged to check out the team’s “Pay as We Play” package, providing seats and savings for every Hawks 2016 Clark Cup playoff game. For details, call the front office at (319) 232-3444.
Waterloo 0 0 0 – 0
Lincoln 1 2 2 – 5
1st Period-1, Lincoln, Weberg 1 (Ausmus, Badini), 9:46. Penalties-No Penalties
2nd Period-2, Lincoln, Peters 2 (Lerario, Hamilton), 3:32 (SH). 3, Lincoln, Hamilton 1 (Jones, Hoff), 13:29 (PP). Penalties-Hoff Lin (tripping), 2:55; Bowlby Lin (hooking), 8:55; Saccoman Wat (boarding), 13:23; Woolf Lin (hooking), 14:47; Cotton Wat (interference), 14:49.
3rd Period-4, Lincoln, Hamilton 2 (Jozefek, Peters), 14:07. 5, Lincoln, Jozefek 1 (Woolf, Peters), 16:45 (EN). Penalties-Jozefek Lin (hooking), 8:38; Terao Wat (slashing), 11:39; Golovkovs Wat (roughing), 14:46; Swaney Wat (charging), 14:46; Jaycox Lin (bench minor-unsportsmanlike conduct), 14:46; Mersch Lin (roughing), 14:46.
Shots on Goal-Waterloo 10-7-6-23. Lincoln 6-9-9-24.
Power Play Opportunities-Waterloo 0 / 4; Lincoln 1 / 3.
Goalies-Waterloo, Morris 1-1-0-0 (23 shots-19 saves). Lincoln, Jones 1-1-0-0 (23 shots-23 saves).
Referees-Matt Miller (3), Liam Sewell (25).
Linesmen-Justin Cornell (41), Jonathan Sladek (46).