Postgame Recap: Hawks Outshine Stars, 4-3

Waterloo Black Hawks

December 31, 2017 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Waterloo Black Hawks

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Two third period power play goals gave the Waterloo Black Hawks an insurmountable edge on the way to a 4-3 victory against the Lincoln Stars at Young Arena Friday.

Solag Bakich broke a 2-2 tie, knocking in a close range opportunity, low to the stick side of goalie Tomas Vomacka at 8:12. Back to the power play again during a subsequent shift, Jack Drury came out of the right corner to redirect a Hank Sorensen blast at 9:16.

The two-goal margin stood until Dominick Mersch flipped in his own rebound with 2:57 to play. Less than a minute later, the Stars thought they had tied the score, but a review confirmed the call on the ice that the puck had been batted into the Waterloo net by a Star players' glove.

In the first period, both teams had recorded a goal in the opening five minutes of action. Ethan Johnson struck at 3:20, capitalizing on a close-range transition opportunity created by Ian Malcolmson and Evan Dougherty. Lincoln answered just 1:37 later when an errant shot caromed to Wyatt Aamodt; the defenseman was in a shooting position and found the net from below the dot in the right circle.

The teams exchanged goals again in the second period. Waterloo retook the lead at 12:03 when Bakich found the disc behind the Lincoln net and centered for Ben Copeland, who scored into an open side. That lead lasted a little more than three minutes until 15:07 when Devlin McCabe retied the matchup during a power play. McCabe's goal from a sharp angle at the bottom of the left circle resulted from Lincoln puck movement around the perimeter.

Waterloo concludes the calendar year Sunday versus the Des Moines Buccaneers for a 6:05 p.m. New Year's Eve home game. For tickets, call the Domino's Black Hawks Box Office or visit waterlooblackhawks.com.

Lincoln 1 1 1 - 3

Waterloo 1 1 2 - 4

1st Period-1, Waterloo, Johnson 4 (Dougherty, Malcomson), 3:20. 2, Lincoln, Aamodt 2 (Peters, Mersch), 4:57. Penalties-Lellig Wat (interference), 5:18; Mersch Lin (cross checking), 5:36; Krygier Lin (roughing), 10:21; Drury Wat (roughing), 10:21; Wait Wat (slashing), 19:23.

2nd Period-3, Waterloo, Copeland 6 (Bakich, Cates), 12:03. 4, Lincoln, McCabe 7 (Westlund, Teravainen), 15:07 (PP). Penalties-Copeland Wat (slashing), 14:02.

3rd Period-5, Waterloo, Bakich 4 (Copeland, Huff), 8:12 (PP). 6, Waterloo, Drury 5 (Wait, Sorensen), 9:16 (PP). 7, Lincoln, Mersch 10 (Aamodt, Krygier), 17:03. Penalties-Westlund Lin (elbowing), 6:26; Westlund Lin (holding), 8:55; Copeland Wat (high sticking), 10:52; Dubinsky Lin (holding the stick), 13:57; Dougherty Wat (roughing), 13:57.

Shots on Goal-Lincoln 9-13-10-32. Waterloo 8-11-12-31.

Power Play Opportunities-Lincoln 1 / 4; Waterloo 2 / 3.

Goalies-Lincoln, Vomacka 7-9-0-0 (31 shots-27 saves). Waterloo, Tomek 7-4-1-1 (32 shots-29 saves).

A-2,220

Referees-Scott McClement (19), J.R. Stragar (14).

Linesmen-Neil Frederickson (66), Nick Klinkhammer (39).

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