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Special Teams Turn the Tide

January 22, 2018 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Waterloo Black Hawks News Release

A shorthanded goal and a power play goal in quick succession sent the Waterloo Black Hawks on their way to a 6-2 road victory versus the Lincoln Stars Friday at the Ice Box.

The Stars had outshot the Hawks 12-9 in the first period and were especially effective at generating chances in the early minutes. They broke through on a wrist shot from Tristan Ashbrook from the right faceoff dot as he moved up the ice in transition. A stellar second gave Waterloo an edge, beginning on special teams. Waterloo's turnaround began when Evan Dougherty swiped the puck just outside the Lincoln line, then slipped in a shorthanded goal at 3:06. Less than two minutes later, the Hawks were on the power play, and Ben Finkelstein delivered a goal during his first USHL game. The defenseman fired the puck from the deep slot over Tomas Vomacka's left shoulder.

Bobby Trivigno added one more goal during the second at 17:43, putting Jackson Cates' effort to good effect. After Cates dug out the puck from behind the net, Trivigno lifted in his pass when it came across the top of the crease. The Hawks matched their second period three-spot with three more goals during the final five minutes of the third. Dougherty got the first of them, scoring his second of the night at 15:27 by stepping around a defender and to the net through the left circle.

Lincoln drew back within two on a tally by Gustaf Westlund at 16:09. Unphased, the Hawks' Solag Bakich hit the crossbar on a breakaway, but then scored moments later at 17:04, thanks to a takeaway and pass by Ben Copeland. The Hawks added their final goal at 18:13; Garrett Klee set up Joey Cassetti waiting at the top of the crease. With the conclusion of Friday's game in Lincoln, the Hawks can look ahead to settling in at home for the better part of the next several weeks. A Saturday meeting with the Muskegon Lumberjacks opens a six-game homestand.


Waterloo 0 3 3 - 6. Lincoln 1 0 1 - 2.

1st Period: 1, Lincoln, Ashbrook 6 (Dubinsky, Long), 8:19. Penalties-Ferrandino Wat (interference), 3:01; Cates Wat (hooking), 19:49. 2nd Period: 2, Waterloo, Dougherty 4 (Klee), 3:06 (SH). 3, Waterloo, Finkelstein 1 (Wait, Drury), 5:02 (PP). 4, Waterloo, Trivigno 9 (Cates) 17:43. Penalties-served by Johnson Wat (bench minor-too many men), 2:24; Mersch Lin (holding), 3:45; Slavin Lin (slashing), 5:39; Drury Wat (roughing, major-fighting, 10-minute misconduct), 9:44; Mersch Lin (major-fighting, 10-minute misconduct), 9:44; Krygier Lin (interference), 12:18; Peters Lin (high sticking), 19:18. 3rd Period: 5, Waterloo, Dougherty 5 (Palmer), 15:27. 6, Lincoln, Westlund 6 16:09. 7, Waterloo, Bakich 5 (Copeland), 17:04. 8, Waterloo, Cassetti 4 (Klee), 18:13. Penalties-No Penalties.

Shots on Goal: Waterloo 9-9-6-24. Lincoln 12-8-15-35. Power Play Opportunities: Waterloo 1 / 0; Lincoln 0 / 0. Goalies: Waterloo, Moe 11-5-0-0 (35 shots-33 saves). Lincoln, Vomacka 8-13-0-0 (24 shots-18 saves).

A-2,651. Referees-Steven Sailor (30). Linesmen-Tony Aronson (67), Justin Esterly (86).

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