Ben Copeland’s two-goal outburst late in the second period was not enough to overcome the Sioux City Musketeers’ early lead on Friday, and the Waterloo Black Hawks fell 5-2 at Tyson Event Center during Game One of the USHL Western Conference Final Series.
The Musketeers seized the lead 4:07 into the game on a rush up the rink. Micah Miller set up Connor Ford to score on a low, one-touch shot from below the hash mark. The home team added to their lead during the period’s only power play at 15:26. A pass breakup left the puck free in the slot where Eeli Tolvanen fired it inside the post to Robbie Beydoun’s right.
Tolvanen struck again at 11:24. A long, elusive pass found him just outside the Black Hawks zone and – in on a breakaway – he slipped in a low backhander to increase the lead to 3-0.
Waterloo stormed back in the final minutes of the second. Following a successful penalty kill, Copeland scored into an open side when a Sioux City defender collided with Matiss Kivlenieks. The Sioux City netminder was slow to get up but remained in the game. Copeland beat him again 50 seconds later, snapping a shot past Kivlenieks’ glove from above the right hashmark and drawing the Hawks back within one goal.
A mid-third period opportunity to even the count tuned the other way at 9:03. In the final seconds of a Black Hawks power play, Odeen Tufto forced a turnover to generate a two-on-one. Tufto made a strong move to the net to flip in a shorthanded goal.
Jackson Cates had two close-range opportunities to draw Waterloo back within one during the late minutes, but Kivlenieks twice denied the chances with right-to-left glove saves. Waterloo lifted Beydoun for an extra attacker with just over two minutes remaining, providing the opportunity for Tarek Baker to set the final margin with an empty net goal at 18:30.
Kivlenieks made 31 saves in the win as the Hawks outshot Sioux City 33-29. Beydoun stopped 24 shots.
Game Two during the Black Hawks-Musketeers series is Sunday at 4:05 p.m. in Tyson Events Center. Tickets for Game Three at Young Arena on Friday, May 5th are currently on sale from waterlooblackhawks.com or by calling the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680 next week.
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Waterloo 0 2 0 – 2
Sioux City 2 1 2 – 5
1st Period-1, Sioux City, Ford 1 (Miller, Rigali), 4:07. 2, Sioux City, Tolvanen 2 (Ferrario, Baker), 15:26 (PP). Penalties-Conger Wat (tripping), 14:40.
2nd Period-3, Sioux City, Tolvanen 3 (Mantaro, Ferrario), 11:24. 4, Waterloo, Copeland 1 (Gabriele), 16:49. 5, Waterloo, Copeland 2 (Craggs, Ohrvall), 17:39. Penalties-Sorensen Wat (elbowing), 14:28.
3rd Period-6, Sioux City, Tufto 2 9:03 (SH). 7, Sioux City, Baker 1 18:30. Penalties-Swaney Wat (slashing), 6:24; Pospisil Sc (diving/embellishment), 6:24; Knies Sc (holding), 7:08.
Shots on Goal-Waterloo 13-14-6-33. Sioux City 7-11-11-29.
Power Play Opportunities-Waterloo 0 / 1; Sioux City 1 / 2.
Goalies-Waterloo, Beydoun (29 shots-24 saves). Sioux City, Kivlenieks (33 shots-31 saves).
Referees-Jeff Parker (9), Erik Krasnichuk (7).
Linesmen-Logan Wetekamp (95), Tony Aronson (67).