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A Familiar Number Against NTDP

March 1, 2024 - United States Hockey League (USHL)
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Seven different Waterloo Black Hawks scored on Friday, propelling the visitors to a 7-4 road win at USA Hockey Arena against the National Team Development Program Under-18s.

The result gave Waterloo victories in both games against the NTDP this season. The Hawks won by the same count versus the U17s at Young Arena on December 28th.

In Friday's matchup, Cole Eiserman opened the scoring for the U18s 4:40 into the game. The #8 prospect on the NHL Central Scouting Midterms put in a low try from the slot when the puck came his way out of the left corner. However, Waterloo did not allow another NTDP shot for the remainder of the period.

Grady Deering tied the game at 7:45. He was between the circles to redirect Michael Phelan's attempt from the deep slot. The 1-1 score held until Waterloo had the only power play of the period shortly before intermission. With seconds to go on the advantage, Will Felicio fed a pass to Teddy Townsend near the right dot; Townsend put the puck under the crossbar over Nick Kempf's left shoulder.

The wild second period which followed included three goals for each team. The U18s tied it briefly when Charlie Pardue was set up at the top of the crease three-and-a-half minutes out of intermission. Twenty second later, Jakub Altrichter put Waterloo back ahead with a long transition wrister originating from above the left circle.

At 7:18, Griffin Erdman made it a two-goal game for the first time. Dylan Compton's initial power play chance was trickling toward the goal line and Erdman's effort to get to the puck in the crease assured that it got home.

The U18s drew a goal back at 8:43 when an offensive zone faceoff led to a shot, then a rebound goal by Kamil Bednarik.

Jack Parsons came on in relief in the NTDP net just before Waterloo's third power play. The Hawks were turned away, but nearly a minute after the advantage ended, Eero Butella tipped Jaedon Kerr's shot from the right point past Parsons to make it a 5-3 lead.

Waterloo survived the first U18 power play late in the period, including some time spent six-on-four when a second delayed penalty was about to be called. However, the NTDP converted the second power play with 25.1 seconds left in the period as Logan Hensler found the net from the deep slot.

Gavyn Thoreson reestablished a multigoal lead at 1:34 of the third. Speeding up right wing, he squeezed a low shot past Parsons from inside the circle.

The insurance goal provided a measure of security as the Hawks barely staved off two U18 power plays in the early-to-mid stages of the period. Each included a goalmouth scramble with a puck pushed just past or flipped just over the net.

Will Felicio would seal the victory with a last Waterloo power play goal. His long try went in with Deering providing a screen just outside the crease at 16:20.

Waterloo outshot the NTDP in each period and 34-25 for the night. Jack Spicer turned in 21 saves for the victory.

The Black Hawks' hectic three-game trip to the Eastern Time Zone concludes Saturday in Muskegon against the Lumberjacks. The game begins at 6:10 Central Time.

Waterloo 2 3 2 - 7

USA Hockey NTDP 1 3 0 - 4

1st Period-1, USA Hockey NTDP, Eiserman 18 (Bednarik, Mooney), 4:40. 2, Waterloo, Deering 11 (Phelan, Brown), 7:45. 3, Waterloo, Townsend 12 (Felicio, Altrichter), 18:13 (PP). Penalties-Whipple Ntdp (boarding), 16:18.

2nd Period-4, USA Hockey NTDP, Pardue 4 (Vansaghi, Baker), 3:26. 5, Waterloo, Altrichter 10 (Hilman, Nycz), 3:46. 6, Waterloo, Erdman 15 (Lindberg, Compton), 7:18 (PP). 7, USA Hockey NTDP, Bednarik 8 (Mooney, Eiserman), 8:43. 8, Waterloo, Butella 3 (Kerr, Altrichter), 13:55. 9, USA Hockey NTDP, Hensler 3 (Stiga, Bednarik), 19:35 (PP). Penalties-Pardue Ntdp (cross checking), 6:34; Baker Ntdp (interference), 10:57; Felicio Wat (holding the stick), 15:15; Kerr Wat (hooking), 17:45.

3rd Period-10, Waterloo, Thoreson 14 (Townsend), 1:34. 11, Waterloo, Felicio 9 (Townsend, Deering), 16:20 (PP). Penalties-Morich Wat (tripping), 5:26; Felicio Wat (slashing), 9:16; Stiga Ntdp (tripping), 15:18.

Shots on Goal-Waterloo 10-13-11-34. USA Hockey NTDP 4-11-10-25.

Power Play Opportunities-Waterloo 3 / 4; USA Hockey NTDP 1 / 4.

Goalies-Waterloo, Spicer 11-10-0-1 (25 shots-21 saves). USA Hockey NTDP, Kempf 7-3-0-0 (18 shots-14 saves); Parsons 5-4-0-0 (16 shots-13 saves).


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