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November 26, 2022 - United States Hockey League (USHL)
Waterloo Black Hawks News Release

The Cedar Rapids RoughRiders converted four of eight power plays, while the Waterloo Black Hawks were turned away on all four of their Saturday opportunities in a 5-3 loss at ImOn Ice Arena.

Waterloo entered the game ranked third in penalty killing, but the team's 82 percent shorthanded success rate dropped considerably after Saturday's numbers were factored in. Cedar Rapids had opened the night 15th in the 16-team United States Hockey League for both power play and penalty kill percentage.

Saturday's result also halted a seven-game Waterloo winning streak.

The Hawks were shorthanded less than two minutes into the game, and the RoughRiders were into the lead before the contest was three minutes old. Martins Lavins scored the only goal of the first period at 2:42, waiting in the slot to put back the rebound of Zion Green's initial shot.

Waterloo tied the game twice in the second but ended up going to intermission further behind. David Klee leveled the score for Waterloo at 2:23, set up from behind the net by Oliver Flynn. However, the RoughRiders went back ahead during their next power play when Jacob Kraft slipped a chance across the goal line from just outside the crease at 5:41.

Waterloo scored next in the shift after a power play had ended. At 8:52, Griffin Erdman flipped a shot toward the net from a sharp angle; goalie Sam Scopa partially stopped the chance but could not control the puck, which slipped between the posts.

Cedar Rapids reassumed the lead for good at 10:25; on the power play again, Dylan Hryckowian's pass across the top of the crease hit a defender and went in. The RoughRiders thought they had scored another at 15:42, but Eric Pohlkamp's shot was ruled to have been deflected in with a high stick. Instead Cedar Rapids converted that power play at 17:09 - actually skating five-on-three - when Pohlkamp's shot left a rebound for Kraft to finish.

In the third, the Hawks drew back within a goal at 13:58. Owen Baker accelerated around a check and cut to the net to score from a sharp angle off of Scopa.

Although Waterloo denied a late RoughRider advantage, Cedar Rapids added an insurance goal when Hryckowian scored into an empty net from the neutral zone with just over a minute remaining.

The Hawks are back home to start their December schedule in Young Arena Friday at 7:05 p.m. against the Sioux Falls Stampede. The game will feature an appearance by Chicago Cubs mascot Clark the Cub, who will meet fans for pictures on the concourse after dropping the ceremonial first puck. Seats are available through or by calling the Domino's Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680.

Waterloo 0 2 1 - 3

Cedar Rapids 1 3 1 - 5

1st Period-1, Cedar Rapids, Lavins 2 (Green, Kjellberg), 2:42 (PP). Penalties-served by O'Connell Wat (bench minor-too many men), 1:16; Hong Wat (hooking), 6:18; Schiller Cr (slashing), 18:29.

2nd Period-2, Waterloo, Klee 2 (Flynn), 2:23. 3, Cedar Rapids, Kraft 2 (Gross, Pohlkamp), 5:41 (PP). 4, Waterloo, Erdman 3 (Hilman), 8:52. 5, Cedar Rapids, Hryckowian 7 (Green, Walsh), 10:25 (PP). 6, Cedar Rapids, Kraft 3 (Pohlkamp, Gross), 17:09 (PP). Penalties-Rinzel Wat (hooking), 5:23; Lavins Cr (roughing), 6:03; Hilman Wat (roughing), 9:44; Baker Wat (slashing), 15:14; Kerr Wat (slashing), 16:43.

3rd Period-7, Waterloo, Baker 3 (Bade), 13:58. 8, Cedar Rapids, Hryckowian 8 18:51 (EN). Penalties-O'Connell Wat (elbowing), 6:48; Wisdom Cr (hooking), 7:41; Bassen Cr (checking from behind), 11:07; Bade Wat (hooking), 14:56.

Shots on Goal-Waterloo 4-13-10-27. Cedar Rapids 8-8-10-26.

Power Play Opportunities-Waterloo 0 / 4; Cedar Rapids 4 / 8.

Goalies-Waterloo, Croteau 5-6-0-0 (25 shots-21 saves). Cedar Rapids, Scopa 1-3-1-0 (27 shots-24 saves).


Referees-Jake Muzik.

Linesmen-Dane Hopkins, Aaron McCrary.

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