Late Lead Puts Hawks First
The Waterloo Black Hawks moved into first place overall in the United States Hockey League thanks to a nail-biting 3-2 win against the Chicago Steel Tuesday night at Young Arena.
The Hawks did not lead in the game until 1:07 remained in regulation. Chicago was unable to clear the defensive zone, and Waterloo pounced thanks to quick puck movement. Jackson Cates passed to Ben Finkelstein in the right circle, and the playmaking defenseman hit Garrett Wait beside the net with a diagonal feed. Wait scored into the open side for his team-leading fourth game-winning goal of the season.
The victory moves the Hawks past the idle Omaha Lancers and U.S. National Team Development Program into first place. Waterloo is now the first team this season with 50 standings points.
The only goal of the first period had taken just 61 seconds to record. An errant Derek Daschke shot came off the end wall to Robert Mastrosimone, and on the first shot on goal of the game, the forward squeezed a chance between Matej Tomek and the post to his left.
Chicago had the game's first power play, but it was the Hawks who capitalized at 3:46 of the second. Ben Copeland poked the puck away from Jack Dugan at the left point; Copeland recovered the disc near the Chicago blue line. He cut in for a shorthanded wrister which beat Oskar Autio to the glove side.
The Steel went to the lead again with a power play conversion at 3:33 of the third. Samuel Bucek lifted in a shot from the right circle past a screened Tomek. Waterloo answered on the power play at 11:09. Jack Drury fished the puck from the netmouth and moved to the top of the crease, just pushing his shot over the goal line from close range but in traffic.
Tomek made 17 save for the win, while Autio absorbed the loss with 30 stops.
Tuesday's game capped a six-game Hawks homestand. Waterloo was 4-1-1 during the stretch. The Hawks hit the road for a game in Green Bay against the Gamblers on Friday.
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