Multiple goals in each period propelled the Sioux City Musketeers to an 8-3 win against the Waterloo Black Hawks Tuesday during Game Five of the United States Hockey League’s Western Conference Final Series.
The Musketeers struck 4:59 into the game when Tarek Baker dashed to the rebound of Jackson Keane’s shot and flipped it in from the top of the crease. Sioux City later added two more goals within a three minute span, building the margin on a blast from the right circle at 13:21. Micah Miller then weaved up 150 feet of ice to score on a backhander with 3:40 remaining before intermission.
A high-scoring second period turned out to be a wash. Phil Knies cut to the net out of the left corner and knocked in a backhander at 2:16. Then Kristian Pospisil rifled a shot in off the post in transition at 12:07 to make the lead 5-0.
Waterloo’s rally began during a power play at 16:52. Bailey Conger eluded defenders on his way to the top of the crease, where he lifted a shot over Matiss Kivlenieks. Just 35 seconds later, Conger set up Grant Gabriele at the top of the right circle; after hesitating, the Waterloo defenseman snapped a shot inside the wide-side post.
The comeback crested 1:51 into the third period. Ben Copeland stole Kivlenieks’ attempt to wrap the puck around the boards and lifted a sharp-angled shot into the net as the Musketeer goalie scrambled back to the crease.
However, Sioux City undid the Hawks’ efforts as the period continued. Just after a Sioux City power play ended, the Musketeers added to their margin when Odeen Tufto received a backdoor pass and swatted it past the post at Peter Thome’s right. Brian Rigali came up the ice to score shorthanded at 15:36. Eeli Tolvanen added one final score into an empty net at 16:54.
The Hawks’ season concludes for a second year with an unfavorable winner-take-all result in the Western Conference Final Series.
Waterloo 0 2 1 – 3
Sioux City 3 2 3 – 8
1st Period-1, Sioux City, Baker 3 (Keane), 4:59. 2, Sioux City, Wilson 2 (Kelleher, Pospisil), 13:21. 3, Sioux City, Miller 1 16:20. Penalties-Tolvanen Sc (slashing), 1:44; Conger Wat (tripping), 6:16.
2nd Period-4, Sioux City, Knies 1 (Tolvanen, Ford), 2:15. 5, Sioux City, Pospisil 4 (Knies), 12:07. 6, Waterloo, Conger 4 (Ohrvall), 16:52 (PP). 7, Waterloo, Gabriele 1 (Conger), 17:27. Penalties-Sorensen Wat (cross checking), 8:33; Baker Sc (slashing), 8:55; Samberg Wat (holding), 9:36; Wilson Sc (cross checking), 15:16.
3rd Period-8, Waterloo, Copeland 3 1:51. 9, Sioux City, Tufto 4 (Pospisil, Knies), 13:43. 10, Sioux City, Rigali 1 (Vance), 15:36 (SH). 11, Sioux City, Tolvanen 4 (MacLean, Ford), 16:53 (EN). Penalties-Hellickson Sc (tripping), 4:01; Charyszyn Wat (roughing), 10:56; Hellickson Sc (cross checking), 10:56; Anderson Wat (tripping), 11:40; Swaney Wat (roughing), 12:36; Kelleher Sc (roughing), 12:36; Sc (too many men), 15:36.
Shots on Goal-Waterloo 12-10-13-35. Sioux City 11-4-13-28.
Power Play Opportunities-Waterloo 1 / 5; Sioux City 0 / 4.
Goalies-Waterloo, Beydoun (12 shots-8 saves); Thome (15 shots-12 saves). Sioux City, Kivlenieks (35 shots-32 saves).
Referees-Jim White (22), Liam Sewell (25).
Linesmen-Rhodes Dolan (81), John Tallieu (38).