Waterloo never trailed, but an empty net goal turned out to be the difference for the Black Hawks during a 4-3 victory at Young Arena Saturday against the Chicago Steel.
Kevin Charyszyn recorded the only goal in the first period at 15:07. Bailey Conger passed from the side of the net to Charyszyn – positioned inside the right dot – and the Hawks’ leading goal scorer snapped in a wrister. Peter Thome preserved the lead in the final two minutes before intermission making successive transition saves: first with the glove against Jason O’Neill, then with his left pad on Brannon McManus during Chicago’s next shift.
All the scoring during the second came during a one minute span. Reggie Lutz tied the game at 9:04, skating across the high slot and blasting a slapshot low to Thome’s glove side. Less than a minute later, Yuki Miura put Waterloo back in front. At 9:52, Ethan Spaxman’s wide shot from the left point bounced off the end boards to Miura at the opposite side of the net; Miura put it in to an open goal to establish a new Waterloo lead.
Jackson Cates scored in much the same way at 8:31 of the third. An errant Spaxman shot came off the end wall to Cates, who flipped it in. Jack Badiini answered just less than four minutes later when Reilly Walsh’s try was partially blocked but landed in front of Badini at pointblank range.
Garrett Wait secured the win with 38.8 seconds remaining, scoring into an empty net from just shy of the center red line. That proved to be the game-winner after Eduards Tralmaks flipped in a final Chicago goal with 13.9 seconds remaining.
Following Saturday’s game against the Eastern Conference-leading Steel, the Hawks next take the ice against the top team in the Western Conference. Waterloo visits the Sioux City Musketeers for the final time this season next Friday, opening a three-game weekend. The Hawks return home next Saturday to host the Dubuque Fighting Saints before concluding the three-game stretch against the Des Moines Buccaneers next Sunday.
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Chicago 0 1 2 – 3
Waterloo 1 1 2 – 4
1st Period-1, Waterloo, Charyszyn 28 (Ohrvall, Conger), 15:07. Penalties-Limoges Wat (tripping), 0:33; Walker Chi (tripping), 8:40.
2nd Period-2, Chicago, Lutz 20 (Johnstone, Badini), 9:04. 3, Waterloo, Miura 6 (Johnson, Spaxman), 9:52. Penalties-Walker Chi (roughing), 11:41; Gabriele Wat (roughing), 11:41; Walker Chi (match-attempt to injure), 17:27.
3rd Period-4, Waterloo, Cates 10 (Miura, Spaxman), 8:31. 5, Chicago, Badini 27 (Long, Walsh), 12:25. 6, Waterloo, Wait 9 (Conger), 19:21 (EN). 7, Chicago, Tralmaks 7 (Badini), 19:46. Penalties-Johnstone Chi (holding), 5:40; Lutz Chi (slashing, 10-minute misconduct), 15:20; Badini Chi (roughing), 15:39; Ryczek Wat (interference), 15:39.
Shots on Goal-Chicago 11-10-4-25. Waterloo 13-12-10-35.
Power Play Opportunities-Chicago 0 / 1; Waterloo 0 / 4.
Goalies-Chicago, Stezka 19-8-1-2 (34 shots-31 saves). Waterloo, Thome 19-6-1-1 (25 shots-22 saves).
Linesmen-Anthony Vikhter (63), Shane Gustafson (89).