April 2, 2013 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Waterloo Black Hawks
For the second time in five days, the Waterloo Black Hawks scored seven goals, claiming their third consecutive win in the process Tuesday night at the Resch Center versus the Green Bay Gamblers.
The Hawks pulled ahead early in the game, with Ryan Papa capitalizing on a turnover just 2:57 after the opening faceoff. Four minutes later, Mike Huntebrinker added to the lead, with a shot Richard Ullberg could not control, after the Hawks had pinned Green Bay in their own zone for a full minute. The Gamblers rallied, beginning with a power play goal at 8:51; an errant pass made it across ice to Nick Schmaltz who flipped his chance into the net from the right wing circle. Sebastian Weberg tied the game at 11:27, set up by Ryan Siroky's feed from behind the net. Just 21 seconds later, Zach Stepan found a loose puck at the top of the crease and knocked it in, breaking the tie in the Hawks' favor with the final tally of the opening frame.
The pace of scoring in the second slowed only slightly. Green Bay tied the game at 1:12, with a crisp passing play setting up Nicholas Schilkey with an open side. The Hawks won the rest of the period, pulling back ahead during a power play at 9:40, when Stepan dove to jab a loose puck in the crease over the goal line, after it had trickled through the equipment of relief netminder Tony Kujava. Later, J.T. Stenglein built the margin with two goals separated by just 35 seconds. The first at 15:30 came as Stenglein spun to his forehand and fired a shot past Kujava. The Gambler netminder had no chance on the second, confronted by both Pijus Rulevicius and Stenglein at the top of the crease, with Rulevicius setting up the tap-in.
Green Bay made the third period tense, closing back within two goals at 8:59 when Alex Kile converted a three-on-two rush into a goal. It remained 6-4 until less than a minute remained. At 19:18, Ian McCoshen banked a pass to Justin Kloos, who flipped a neutral ice shot into the open Gambler net from in front of the Green Bay bench.
Friday, the Black Hawks remain on the road, facing the Dubuque Fighting Saints who will try to clinch the Anderson Cup. Then Waterloo returns home to finish the weekend, and the home schedule, with games on Saturday and Sunday versus the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders and Des Moines Buccaneers respectively. Tickets for the final two games in Party Town during the regular season are available online from waterlooblackhawks.com or by calling (319) 291-7680.