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30 for 30 for 30

February 18, 2024 - United States Hockey League (USHL)
Waterloo Black Hawks News Release


Jack Spicer had a milestone win and Gavyn Thoreson produced a modified hat trick during the Waterloo Black Hawks' 3-2 shootout victory against the Youngstown Phantoms on Sunday.

Wearing his familiar #30, Spicer made 30 saves for his 30th regular season USHL victory. He becomes just the 11th junior era Black Hawk to reach the milestone, tying Eamon McAdam and Joe Howe for ninth on Waterloo's career wins list. For good measure, Spicer prevented the Phantoms from scoring on four shootout attempts. With his fourth shootout win of the season, he currently leads all league goaltenders. No Waterloo goalie has won four shootouts in one year since Matt DiGirolamo claimed five in 2007/08.

Thoreson sinched the win with the only conversion during the four-round tie-breaker. He sent the Sunday crowd of 2,500 into an ovation as he cut in through the right circle, then planted a shot past Aiden Wright inside the opposite post.

Waterloo's leading scorer had earlier found the net twice in regulation, so his shootout goal brought a collection of hats to the ice. Although not an official hat trick, Hawks fans were in a celebratory mood.

The only goal in the first 40 minutes had been notched 10:54 into the second period. Gavin Lindberg raced to the top of the Youngstown crease for a pointblank chance on the rush. Wright stopped the shot but left the puck free in the middle of the crease; Thoreson got there to bang it between the posts.

At 1:46 of the third, Thoreson made it 2-0. He was left with an open side when he picked up the rebound of John Mustard's shot from the right circle. Mustard and Lindberg each recorded two assists Sunday.

Youngstown rallied with the game's only power play goal at 5:47. Andrew Strathmann was backpedaling in the high slot when he sent the puck toward the crease to be redirected by Adam Pietila. Strathmann then set up Evan Jardine's equalizer with 3:26 to go. Jardine stepped into the zone and stopped at the top of the right circle before whizzing a shot under the crossbar.

Sunday's win moved the Black Hawks to 8-1 during games settled by overtimes or shootouts this season.

Sunday's game was the first of three straight Hawks home games. Waterloo is in action again Friday against the Sioux Falls Stampede at 7:05 p.m. It will be the next Family 4-Pack game; the $64 package includes four tickets, four chuck-a-pucks, and $32 worth of concession vouchers. Order from waterlooblackhawks.com through noon on Friday.

Youngstown 0 0 2 0 - 2

Waterloo 0 1 1 0 - 3

1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Thoreson Wat (roughing), 17:10.

2nd Period-1, Waterloo, Thoreson 12 (Lindberg, Mustard), 10:54. Penalties-Spicer Wat (tripping), 0:52; Burchill Yng (boarding), 1:28; Mustard Wat (bench minor-too many men), 7:01; Compton Wat (slashing), 15:26.

3rd Period-2, Waterloo, Thoreson 13 (Mustard, Lindberg), 1:46. 3, Youngstown, Pietila 20 (Strathmann, Young), 5:47 (PP). 4, Youngstown, Jardine 3 (Strathmann, Morin), 16:34. Penalties-Fascia Wat (holding), 5:35; Machu Yng (head contact), 11:37; Mustard Wat (bench minor-too many men), 12:54; de Haro Yng (holding), 19:03.

1st OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties

Shootout - Youngstown 0 (Jencko NG, Strathmann NG, Botterill NG, Burchill NG), Waterloo 1 (Altrichter NG, Mustard NG, Hilman NG, Thoreson G).

Shots on Goal-Youngstown 10-14-8-0-0-32. Waterloo 8-9-10-6-1-34.

Power Play Opportunities-Youngstown 1 / 6; Waterloo 0 / 3.

Goalies-Youngstown, Wright 4-1-0-1 (33 shots-31 saves). Waterloo, Spicer 9-8-0-1 (32 shots-30 saves).

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