Postgame Recap: A Power Play Breakthrough

Two Waterloo Black Hawks power play goals made the difference on Saturday during a must-win 3-1 victory against the Sioux City Musketeers at Young Arena.

All nine Waterloo power play opportunities had been turned away during the first three games of the series.  A Musketeers win on Friday had given the visitors a two-games-to-one lead in the best-of-five set, pushing the Hawks to the brink of elimination.  Now the round will be played to its full duration.

The Hawks had not led in regulation at any point during the playoff series, but they went ahead in the midst of a power play at 8:05 of the first.  Bailey Conger found Ethan Spaxman creeping in from the right point and the big Black Hawks defenseman roofed a shot under the crossbar.  Sioux City tied the matchup with a power play of their own.  At 13:19, Phil Knies made an extra pass, leaving Kristian Pospisil with an open side.

Just before intermission however, Waterloo pulled back into the lead thanks to Conger’s long reach.  Alex Limoges fended off a check in the right corner, then slipped the puck behind the net.  Conger wrapped it quickly around and in before Matiss Kivlenieks could move to the post at his right.

The two teams had alternating power play opportunities throughout the second period, with the Hawks cashing in for the frame’s only goal in the final minute before intermission.  As Waterloo’s power play was about to end, Jackson Cates came up the ice in transition, cut through the left circle, and snapped a shot past Kivlenieks.  Limoges – who had set up each of the first two Hawks’ goals – made the pass to create the play.

Robbie Beydoun made 28 saves in the victory.  Kivlenieks was credited with 31 stops.

Game Five will be at Tyson Events Center on Tuesday.  The teams split Games One and Two there last Friday and Sunday.  The 7:05 contest will determine which club meets the Chicago Steel in the Clark Cup Championship Series beginning next weekend.

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

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

1st Period-1, Waterloo, Spaxman 1 (Conger, Limoges), 8:05 (PP). 2, Sioux City, Pospisil 3 (Knies, Wilson), 13:19 (PP). 3, Waterloo, Conger 3 (Limoges, Samberg), 19:27. Penalties-Pospisil Sc (checking from behind), 2:38; Drury Wat (roughing), 2:38; Vance Sc (interference), 7:03; Copeland Wat (hooking), 8:30; Anderson Wat (holding), 12:42; Kelleher Sc (roughing), 18:33; Wilson Sc (roughing), 18:33; Charyszyn Wat (charging), 18:33; Sorensen Wat (roughing), 18:33; Baker Sc (cross checking), 19:59.

2nd Period-4, Waterloo, Cates 2 (Swaney, Limoges), 19:26 (PP). Penalties-Samberg Wat (tripping), 2:21; Samberg Wat (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 5:16; Tufto Sc (cross checking), 7:19; Pospisil Sc (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 13:47; Conger Wat (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 13:47; Mantaro Sc (high sticking), 17:34; Pospisil Sc (hooking), 19:43.

3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Charyszyn Wat (interference), 8:12; Wilson Sc (cross checking), 12:10; Rasanen Sc (cross checking), 19:56; Rigali Sc (roughing dbl minor), 19:56; Sorensen Wat (roughing dbl minor), 19:56.

Shots on Goal-Sioux City 10-10-9-29. Waterloo 11-12-11-34.
Power Play Opportunities-Sioux City 1 / 5; Waterloo 2 / 7.
Goalies-Sioux City, Kivlenieks (34 shots-31 saves). Waterloo, Beydoun (29 shots-28 saves); Thome (0 shots-0 saves).
Referees-Sean McFarlane (17), Stan Szczurek (23).
Linesmen-Jonathan Sladek (46), Kyle Richetelle (97).

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