Two first period goals kept the Tri-City Strom ahead of the Waterloo Black Hawks on Saturday night during a 5-2 contest in the final game of the United States Hockey League Fall Classic West in Omaha.
Paul Washe and Wyatt Bongiovanni scored a little more than four minutes apart during the opening period. Charlie Kelleher added a goal during the second, representing the Storm’s second power play goal of the game. Tri-City’s Philip Alftberg and Joe Cipollone also contributed goals in the third.
For the Hawks, a Logan Jenuwine second period tally, followed by a power play strike by Bailey Conger in the third, were not enough to overcome the deficit.
Waterloo enters the final week of preseason games with a matchup against the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders on the road Tuesday evening.
Waterloo 0 1 1 – 2
Tri-City 2 1 2 – 5
1st Period-1, Tri-City, Washe 1 (Kelleher), 6:11. 2, Tri-City, Bongiovanni 2 (Vance, Alftberg), 10:31 (PP). Penalties-Anderson Wat (slashing), 8:33; Copeland Wat (hooking), 16:36.
2nd Period-3, Waterloo, Jenuwine 2 (Kinsella, Conger), 15:34. 4, Tri-City, Kelleher 3 (Limoges, Matthews), 19:01 (PP). Penalties-Cowans Wat (tripping), 0:41; Cates Wat (cross checking), 11:18; Palmer Wat (hooking), 17:26.
3rd Period-5, Tri-City, Alftberg 1 (Washe, Kelleher), 3:47. 6, Waterloo, Conger 2 (Klee, DeStefani), 12:06 (PP). 7, Tri-City, Cipollone 1 19:48 (EN). Penalties-Washe Tc (high sticking), 0:18; Washe Tc (cross checking), 10:17; Limoges Tc (interference), 12:18; DeStefani Wat (tripping), 14:16.
Shots on Goal-Waterloo 9-6-6-21. Tri-City 12-10-5-27.
Power Play Opportunities-Waterloo 1 / 3; Tri-City 2 / 6.
Goalies-Waterloo, Viksten 0-2-0-0 (26 shots-22 saves). Tri-City, Mitens 0-0-0-0 (13 shots-13 saves); Tomeo 1-0-0-0 (8 shots-6 saves).
Referees-Jeff Parker (9).
Linesmen-Tony Aronson (67), Elliot Bucholz (43).