The Tri-City Storm denied the Waterloo Black Hawks’ 41 shots on goal Friday and took Game Three of the second round Clark Cup Playoff Series between the teams, 3-0 at Young Arena.
Jake Kielly earned the shutout, his second of the series and third of the playoffs. The Storm defense was also notable during the final ten minutes of the third period. With a healthy amount of offensive zone time, Waterloo’s comeback bid was stymied by consistent shot blocks and diving pass breakups.
The Storm now lead the best-of-five series 2-1.
The only goal of the first period went to the Storm following an icing call. When play restarted, Tri-City took possession, generating a scoring chance which forced a lunging Cale Morris save. Wade Allison followed up, notching a rebound goal at 5:45.
Tri-City struck again during the second period. Behind the Waterloo net at 4:01, Joe Cipollone slipped a pass to Max Humitz zipping through the right circle, and the flying forward lifted a shot off the crossbar and into the net.
With 6.2 seconds remaining in regulation, Jake Wahlin added an empty-netter to secure the result.
An instant Game Four rematch is scheduled for Saturday in Young Arena, beginning at 7:05 p.m. Waterloo must win to force a fifth game in Kearney, Nebraska, on Tuesday. Tickets are on sale now from waterlooblackhawks.com or by calling the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680.
Tri-City 1 1 1 – 3
Waterloo 0 0 0 – 0
1st Period-1, Tri-City, Allison 3 (Labosky, Limoges), 5:45. Penalties-Golovkovs Wat (hooking), 1:53; Duhaime Tc (hooking), 15:14.
2nd Period-2, Tri-City, Humitz 2 (Cipollone), 4:01. Penalties-Duhaime Tc (cross checking), 7:59; Marino Tc (slashing), 16:32; Rossini Wat (slashing), 16:32.
3rd Period-3, Tri-City, Wahlin 2 (Meyer), 19:54 (EN). Penalties-Dello Tc (cross checking), 5:31; Pecararo Wat (slashing), 12:57.
Shots on Goal-Tri-City 11-7-9-27. Waterloo 11-14-16-41.
Power Play Opportunities-Tri-City 0 / 2; Waterloo 0 / 3.
Goalies-Tri-City, Kielly 5-1-0-0 (41 shots-41 saves). Waterloo, Morris 4-3-0-0 (26 shots-24 saves).
Referees-Jim White (22), Matt Miller (3).
Linesmen-Justin Cornell (41), Jake Davis (65).