Croteau, Hawks Stymie RoughRiders
Goaltender Emmett Croteau made 31 saves for his first United States Hockey League shutout Saturday, blanking the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders 4-0 at Young Arena.
The RoughRiders came closest to breaking the goose egg four-and-a-half minutes into the third. Croteau made at least three stops as the visitors had multiple chances in quick succession from around the crease. Jake Rozzi assisted, going down on one knee at the goal line to deny an additional attempt as Croteau scrambled back to his feet after a sprawling save.
Following the ensuing faceoff, Jacob Jeannette swept a pass ahead to Ray Fust in the neutral zone. Fust gained the offensive blue line, then fed Connor Brown between the circles, with the Hawks youngest skater snapping in a goal that made if 4-0. It marked the third consecutive game that Fust has assisted on a goal by Brown.
Fust and Jeannette had also been involved when Waterloo blasted ahead during the final four minutes of the first period, combining to produce the first of three scores in that span. Jeannette started the sequence by forcing a turnover at 16:13; after a tie-up along the end wall, he put a pass right on the tape of Fust's stick in the slot, and Fust buried his first Waterloo goal.
Cedar Rapids had a good chance right after play resumed, but the Hawks countered, led by Tyler Kostelecky speeding into the right wing corner. From there, he sent a pass to the top of the crease, where defenseman Ben Brunette banged in a goal.
Then moments after a successful penalty kill and with 24.2 seconds remaining before intermission, Tyler Procious sprung Garrett Schifsky on a breakaway from the Cedar Rapids blue line. Schifsky dipped his shoulder and pulled the puck to his backhand, lifting it past a scrambling Connor Hasley.
Fruitless power plays were the story of the second period for both teams. Waterloo was unable to capitalize on a five-minute major when Andy Moore was called for boarding. Later in the period, Cedar Rapids was denied on 1:23 of five-on-three advantage time. In between, Croteau made the best of his 14 second period saves by turning away a Cole Burtch breakaway with just over eight minutes left in the frame.
The Black Hawks remain home next weekend for games at Young Arena on Friday and Saturday. Waterloo will welcome the Omaha Lancers, then the Sioux City Musketeers at 7:05 p.m. and 6: 05 p.m. respectively. Call the Domino's Black Hawks Box Office for seats or visit tickets.waterlooblackhawks.com.
Cedar Rapids 0 0 0 - 0
Waterloo 3 0 1 - 4
1st Period-1, Waterloo, Fust 5 (Jeannette), 16:13. 2, Waterloo, Brunette 1 (Kostelecky), 16:42. 3, Waterloo, Schifsky 17 (Procious), 19:35. Penalties-Wisdom Cr (kneeing), 4:11; Geary Wat (slashing), 17:31.
2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Jeannette Wat (roughing), 1:44; Moore Cr (major-boarding, game misconduct-boarding), 6:12; Ness Wat (tripping), 13:40; Brunette Wat (holding), 14:17; Burtch Cr (roughing), 18:58; Brunette Wat (roughing), 18:58.
3rd Period-4, Waterloo, Brown 5 (Fust, Jeannette), 4:51. Penalties-Wylie Wat (cross checking), 9:13; Hanley Cr (holding), 10:42; Cardona Wat (hooking), 10:42; Lesakowski Cr (roughing), 12:23; Fust Wat (slashing), 12:23; Peters Cr (roughing), 13:58.
Shots on Goal-Cedar Rapids 6-14-11-31. Waterloo 7-13-13-33.
Power Play Opportunities-Cedar Rapids 0 / 5; Waterloo 0 / 3.
Goalies-Cedar Rapids, Hasley 10-11-1-0 (33 shots-29 saves). Waterloo, Croteau 6-5-1-0 (31 shots-31 saves).
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