Postgame Recap: Hawks, Conger Celebrate OT

Bailey Conger gave the Waterloo Black Hawks their ninth extra time victory of the season, notching the game-winner in a 4-3 affair against the Sioux City Musketeers at 3:35 of overtime Sunday at Tyson Events Center.

Three of the Hawks overtime or shootout wins have been earned against the Western Conference-leading Musketeers. Waterloo is now two points shy of Sioux City in the standings.

Conger’s goal on a low shot came as the forward stepped toward the net from the right circle and sent the puck past Matiss Kivlenieks. Minutes before, Kevin Charyszyn’s opportunity to win the game on a rebound struck the crossbar and deflected straight up. Waterloo outshot Sioux City 4-1 during the overtime and 36-32 for the game, with Robbie Beydoun notching the win on 29 saves.

Although the Hawks shelled Kivlenieks during the opening minutes, the game went to intermission with the Musketeers in the lead, 1-0. Kristian Pospisil recorded the only goal at 14:24, receiving a feed from Matt Miller out of the right wing corner and snapping a low shot into the cage.

The Musketeers extended their lead with a power play goal 7:30 into the second. Phil Knies batted a rebound out of midair and inside the post at Beydoun’s left.

Waterloo’s rally began just 40 seconds later. Jackson Cates was the beneficiary of Ben Copeland’s hard work to get the puck to the net. Dodging a linesman and a shot blocker, Copeland’s chance was turned aside, but the rebound left Cates with an open net.

Another wide open goal provided the scenario for Charyszyn’s equalizer at 9:36. While the Hawks were shorthanded, Charyszyn fed Jake Ryczek speeding out of the zone. Ryczek got to the net for a one-on-one look against Kivlenieks, which was parried away. However, Ryczek recovered the puck behind the cage and set up Charyszyn from the top of the crease for his fourth shorthanded goal of the year.

The Hawks took their first lead at 7:38 of the third. Nick Swaney wrenched the puck off the left boards to set up Shane Bowers alone in the slot; Bowers’ low shot nudged Waterloo ahead. The lead lasted until 15:14 when Marcel Godbout whistled in a bullet from the right hash mark.

After Sunday’s brief trip, the Black Hawks return to home ice Friday to host the Tri-City Storm during John Deere Weekend. Discounted tickets are available for Deere employees and their families Friday and Saturday. For details, call the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680.

For more photos from the Black Hawks’ 2016/17 season, visit Stephanie Lyn Photography.

Waterloo 0 2 1 1 – 4
Sioux City 1 1 1 0 – 3

1st Period-1, Sioux City, Pospisil 6 (Miller, MacLean), 14:24. Penalties-Keane Sc (slashing), 15:06; Palmer Wat (boarding), 19:30.

2nd Period-2, Sioux City, Knies 12 (Pospisil, Vance), 7:30 (PP). 3, Waterloo, Cates 5 (Copeland, Spaxman), 8:10. 4, Waterloo, Charyszyn 13 (Ryczek), 9:36 (SH). Penalties-Wait Wat (hooking), 6:31; Copeland Wat (slashing), 8:53; McMenamin Sc (hooking), 12:56; Bowers Wat (interference), 14:57.

3rd Period-5, Waterloo, Bowers 14 (Swaney), 7:38. 6, Sioux City, Godbout 8 (Pospisil, Ford), 15:14. Penalties-Ferrario Sc (tripping), 2:44.

1st OT Period-7, Waterloo, Conger 8 (Copeland, Spaxman), 3:35. Penalties-No Penalties

Shots on Goal-Waterloo 11-10-11-4-36. Sioux City 9-11-11-1-32.
Power Play Opportunities-Waterloo 0 / 3; Sioux City 1 / 4.
Goalies-Waterloo, Beydoun 18-9-1-2 (32 shots-29 saves). Sioux City, Kivlenieks 20-5-4-2 (36 shots-32 saves).
A-2,507
Referees-Jonathon Sitarski (18), Jim White (22).
Linesmen-Addison Brush (64), Jonathan Sladek (46).

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