Hawks Win Third and Game

December 9, 2023 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Waterloo Black Hawks News Release

The Waterloo Black Hawks came back from a one-goal third period deficit to swing past the Des Moines Buccaneers in a 3-2 victory at Young Arena Saturday.

It was only the second time in the last 13 games that the Black Hawks have outscored their opponents in the final frame. Waterloo's win bumped the Hawks out of a tie with the Buccaneers and into sole possession of fifth place in the USHL Western Conference.

The teams were level at 1-1 going to the third. Owen West gave the Buccaneers an edge at 5:31, coming up ice in an odd-man look before hitting the top corner from the deep slot.

Waterloo retied the game almost exactly three minutes later. Matthew Frost carried the puck through the left circle. It was wrenched away, but came right to Teddy Townsend steaming up the slot, and Townsend sent a quick shot over goalie Ethan Dahlmeir's left shoulder.

A Buccaneer turnover inside their defensive blue line led to the winning goal with 3:14 remaining. All three Hawks swarmed to the Des Moines net following Gavyn Thoreson's takeaway. He fed Jakub Altrichter for an initial pointblank shot, yielding a rebound which John Mustard swept into an open side.

Calvin Vachon turned away the remaining Des Moines chances. Waterloo's netminder finished the night with 35 saves. Twenty-eight of those came during the first 40 minutes.

The Buccaneers had scored the only goal of the first period at 3:40. The puck was deep in the Des Moines zone, but a Waterloo centering pass from behind the Bucs' net was deflected, spurring an odd-man rush and eventually a breakaway for Braedon Ford. He deked and slipped in a low shot to nudge the visitors ahead.

Frost scored the lone goal of the second 1:11 out of intermission. He was stepping behind the Buccaneer net and had a teammate near the top of the crease. Rather than passing however, he put a sharp-angled chance toward the post, where it hit Dahlmeir's right pad and ricocheted across the goal line.

The Black Hawks go on the road to play their final games before the USHL's Holiday Break next weekend. Waterloo will visit the Omaha Lancers Friday, then Des Moines next Saturday.

Des Moines 1 0 1 - 2

Waterloo 0 1 2 - 3

1st Period-1, Des Moines, Ford 5 (Kupco), 3:40. Penalties-Kernan Dm (roughing), 5:57; Deering Wat (roughing), 5:57; Delladonna Dm (roughing), 10:21; Morich Wat (cross checking), 10:21; Thoreson Wat (cross checking), 12:05; VanRooyan Dm (tripping), 14:59; Bewick Dm (holding), 16:27.

2nd Period-2, Waterloo, Frost 3 (Morich, Kerr), 1:11. Penalties-Delaney Wat (tripping), 3:25.

3rd Period-3, Des Moines, West 5 (Protas, Ford), 5:31. 4, Waterloo, Townsend 4 (Frost, Nycz), 8:30. 5, Waterloo, Mustard 14 (Altrichter, Thoreson), 16:46. Penalties-Thoreson Wat (game misconduct-unsportsmanlike conduct), 20:00.

Shots on Goal-Des Moines 15-14-8-37. Waterloo 10-11-8-29.

Power Play Opportunities-Des Moines 0 / 2; Waterloo 0 / 2.

Goalies-Des Moines, Dahlmeir 7-7-0-0 (29 shots-26 saves). Waterloo, Vachon 11-3-0-0 (37 shots-35 saves).


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