Buccaneers Edge Waterloo on Power Play Goal
Des Moines, Iowa - On a night where special teams factored heavily into the decision the Des Moines Buccaneers scored a power play goal in the third period that turned out to be the game winner and propel them to a 3-2 regulation home victory over the Waterloo Black Hawks at Wells Fargo Arena Wednesday night.
While the first goal for the Buccaneers technically wasn't a MidAmerican Energy Power Play tally, the hooking call on Waterloo's Max Sasson certainly factored in, as he was just out of the JLM Gun Shoppe penalty box for four seconds before watching Des Moines' Alex Laferriere score an unassisted goal at the 10:28 mark of the first. The Los Angeles Kings' draft pick Laferriere slalomed through the Black Hawks' defense with a dangle and toe drag before taking a quick shot with a Waterloo player draped on his back from the inner portion of the right circle. Laferriere's quick release seemed to surprise goalie Charlie Glockner who wasn't completely set and it found a sliver of an opening and trickled through to put the Bucs up 1-0 after the first period.
The Waterloo Black Hawks tied the game up in the second period on a power play goal as Cooper Wylie found some time and space and roofed a shot from just above the left circle bringing the teams even at 12:22 of the second frame. But the game may have shifted just 12 seconds later as Des Moines' Zach Faremouth won a fight over Nic Belpedio, dropping him to the ice right in front of the Buccaneers' bench and it fired up the troops. After killing off an extra roughing penalty awarded to Faremouth, the Buccaneers took the lead when Sam Renlund tipped a long pass from John Driscoll to Owen Fowler and Fowler attacked on a 2-on-1 with Tyler Young, sneaking a shot past Glockner below his blocker on the short side.
Des Moines would double their lead just 43 seconds into the third period with a power play goal as Paul Davey dragged the puck off the left-wing boards and fed it to Tanner Latsch who had time and space to beat Glockner up high with a snipe shot that was Latsch's 6th goal of the season. The margin would last less than a minute however as Waterloo countered 32 seconds later with Michael La Starza tipped in Wyatt Schingoethe's pass from close range to make the score 3-2 Des Moines. But the Buccaneers would hold on thanks to strong play from goalie Derek Mullahy, who stopped 21 of 23 shots on goal in the victory.
Des Moines improved to 8-7-0 on the season and moved into a tie for second in the Western Conference standings with 16 points. These two teams complete the second half of a home-and-home in Waterloo, IA on New Year's Eve and after a Saturday trip to Dubuque, IA, the Buccaneers will host the rival Omaha Lancers on Sunday, January 3rd at Wells Fargo Arena with the puck drop at 4 pm, it will be $1 hot dogs through the end of the 1st period.
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