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Five Late Flip Friday's Final

January 22, 2022 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Waterloo Black Hawks News Release


The Lincoln Stars scored five times in the third period in front of a lively Ice Box crowd, upending the Waterloo Black Hawks 5-4 Friday.

The Stars rallied repeatedly during the final frame, which began with Waterloo ahead 2-0 and on a power play. Lucas Wahlin spurred Lincoln's first comeback at 1:35, speeding into zone for a shorthanded goal over Jack Williams' left shoulder. Doug Grimes then tied it with his first of the night from close range at 2:50.

Waterloo nudged the score to 3-2 at 5:54 while the teams were skating four-on-four. Jake Schneider cut to the net from a sharp angle and squeezed the puck between Cameron Whitehead and the post to his left.

That lead lasted just under three minutes before Dalton Norris banged a chance into an open side from the right circle during a power play at 8:46.

Connor Brown delivered the last Hawks lead during Waterloo's final power play at 11:35. Garrett Schifsky fed Brown at the right hashmark, and Brown ripped a shot inside the opposite post.

Lincoln was again quickly back even when Grimes swept in the rebound of Henry Nelson's chance at 13:20. Yu Sato then produced the game-winner in similar fashion from the top of the crease at 17:27.

The Stars generated 20 shots on goal in the third period and 39 for the night, despite being limited to just four at the first intermission.

The opening 20 minutes had been scoreless, but Waterloo went to the lead 2:32 into the second. During a power play Cooper Wylie shoveled a pass to Schifsky in the right circle. He used traffic at the front of the net to screen Whitehead, beating the Lincoln goalie with a low shot to the glove side.

Jake Rozzi added another Hawks goal at 9:30. Rozzi found a loose puck that no one else could locate in the right corner. He skated it into the slot for a wrister that Whitehead could not keep out.

Waterloo finished the night two-for-five on the power play, but the Hawks were limited to 21 shots on goal.

Waterloo opens a season-long five-game homestand Saturday at 6:05 p.m. against the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. The matchup will be Military Appreciation Night, with free tickets for veterans and active service members and special patriotic jerseys presented by American Pattern & CNC Works. The jerseys will be auctioned after the game to benefit Americans for Independent Living. For tickets, call the Domino's Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680 or visit tickets.waterlooblackhawks.com.


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