Storm Stingy at Young Arena
The Tri-City Storm turned away Waterloo Black Hawks power play opportunities right up to the very end Friday night at Young Arena, coming away with a 2-1 victory.
Down a goal, Waterloo spent the final two minutes on an advantage, but all of their chances were snuffed out. That included a bullet by Matt Koopman from inside the left circle, snared with a minute remaining by goalie Isaiah Saville with a clean glove save.
Saville made 33 stops on the night, and the Hawks finished 0-for-6 on the power play.
The game had opened up in the second after the teams combined for just 11 shots on goal in a scoreless first. Three Black Hawks power plays were turned away before the Storm converted their first special teams opportunity at 8:59. Ronnie Attard got all of a blast from the left point for the game's opening goal.
However, a brilliant pass by Mason Palmer led to the equalizer with under two minutes remaining before intermission. Eyeing the net from the right circle, Palmer made a diagonal pass across the slot to Patrick Guzzo cutting toward the crease. Guzzo notched his first USHL goal with one touch on Palmer's feed.
Tri-City got the winner skating four-on-four at 9:57 of the third period. A Waterloo defenseman fell down deep in the defensive zone, allowing Filip Forsmark to set up Connor McMenamin for a shot that squeaked past Jared Moe.
Waterloo hosts another Western Conference foe from Nebraska on Saturday when the Lincoln Stars visit at 7:05 p.m. Fans aged 21 and older can enjoy $2 Coors Light throughout the game. To claim your seats, call the Domino's Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680.
Tri-City 0 1 1 - 2
Waterloo 0 1 0 - 1
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-McLane Tc (tripping), 8:25; Kinnear Tc (hooking), 10:44.
2nd Period-1, Tri-City, Attard 3 (Murphy, Jones), 8:59 (PP). 2, Waterloo, Guzzo 1 (Palmer, Drkulec), 18:16. Penalties-McLane Tc (high sticking dbl minor), 1:20; Haskins Wat (tripping), 7:53; Acosta Tc (roughing), 12:08; Engum Wat (cross checking), 12:08; Palmer Wat (cross checking), 12:08.
3rd Period-3, Tri-City, McMenamin 4 (Forsmark), 9:57. Penalties-Attard Tc (hooking), 3:23; Jones Tc (diving/embellishment), 7:02; Paul Wat (slashing), 7:02; McLane Tc (tripping), 8:35; Cassetti Wat (hooking), 9:47; Jones Tc (hooking), 18:00.
Shots on Goal-Tri-City 4-11-9-24. Waterloo 7-15-12-34.
Power Play Opportunities-Tri-City 1 / 3; Waterloo 0 / 6.
Goalies-Tri-City, Saville 8-2-1-0 (34 shots-33 saves). Waterloo, Moe 5-3-2-1 (24 shots-22 saves).
Linesmen-Tony Aronson (67), Cameron McCambridge.
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