Hawks Clinch CR Series
The Waterloo Black Hawks defeated the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders for the fifth time this season with Saturday's 4-3 win at ImOn Ice.
The victory assures Waterloo an edge in series points, boosting the Black Hawks' record against the RoughRiders to 5-2-0 in 2019/20. It's the fourth consecutive year Waterloo has come out on top from the head-to-head slate. The teams will meet one more time during the current schedule when Cedar Rapids visits Young Arena on March 27th.
After a loss to the RoughRiders Friday, the Black Hawks took their first lead of the weekend 12:18 into the first period. Jacob Bengtsson sent a shot toward the goalmouth from the high slot. Redirected by Keighan Gerrie, the puck slipped past Andrew Pichora and across the goal line.
Cedar Rapids tied the game just over a minute later on a rush which appeared to be offside. Play wasn't stopped, and Jack O'Leary rattled in his attempt from the right circle.
The Black Hawks' offense shifted into gear during the second period. Griffin Ness completed a wraparound for the go-ahead goal 2:24 after intermission, sneaking the puck past Pichora from the post at the netminder's left.
Joe Cassetti added to Waterloo's lead at 6:29, speeding into the offensive zone and shielding the puck from a defender to push his try through Pichora's pads. Seconds later, Waterloo was shorthanded; the RoughRiders ended up with 48 seconds of five-on-three power play time when an additional minor was called during the penalty kill, but Hawks survived with no change in the score.
Dane Montgomery added a power play goal at 17:48. Coming up ice, he had a defender between himself and the net near the top of the left circle. Montgomery lifted his long shot through the defenseman's skates and under the crossbar for the goal which proved to be the game-winner.
Cedar Rapids drew back within a goal during the third, starting their rally at 1:33. Ryan Taylor received Jackson Jutting's pass and beat Gabriel Carriere under the crossbar in a one-on-one situation. Max Sasson cut the Hawks lead to one at 12:51, protecting the puck in the slot as he turned to put in a low chance.
Carriere denied two RoughRider breakaway attempts in the closing minutes to preserve the win, first stopping Yegor Klavdiev with a left pad save, then pushing aside Robert Dzugan's chance with his blocker a few shifts later.
With 23 saves, Carriere earned his 17th win of the season.
The Hawks are off until Friday's game against the Youngstown Phantoms at Young Arena. The 7:05 p.m. matchup features The Cat in the Hat, presented by U.S. Bank, and fans can take advantage of the Domino's Family-4-Pack for $48. It's also a college night, presented The Other Place Restaurants with $8 tickets in advance or $9 seats on game day. To order, call the Domino's Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680.
Waterloo 1 3 0 - 4 Cedar Rapids 1 0 2 - 3
1st Period-1, Waterloo, Gerrie 4 (Bengtsson, Szmagaj), 12:18. 2, Cedar Rapids, O'Leary 8 (Hanley), 13:35. Penalties-Ness Wat (holding), 13:51.
2nd Period-3, Waterloo, Ness 17 (Belpedio), 2:24. 4, Waterloo, Cassetti 8 (Psenicka), 6:29. 5, Waterloo, Montgomery 5 (Bast, Cassetti), 17:48 (PP). Penalties-Bohlinger Wat (interference), 6:59; Bast Wat (hooking), 8:12; Tonelli Cr (interference), 14:13; Schweighardt Cr (tripping), 16:37.
3rd Period-6, Cedar Rapids, Taylor 6 (Jutting, Dzugan), 1:33. 7, Cedar Rapids, Sasson 10 (Klavdiev, Faremouth), 12:51. Penalties-No Penalties
Shots on Goal-Waterloo 8-13-7-28. Cedar Rapids 10-8-8-26. Power Play Opportunities-Waterloo 1 / 2; Cedar Rapids 0 / 3. Goalies-Waterloo, Carriere 17-6-2-0 (26 shots-23 saves). Cedar Rapids, Pichora 1-1-0-0 (28 shots-24 saves). A-3,859 Referees-Robert Esposito, Scott McClement. Linesmen-Default Linesman, Davids Rozitis.
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