SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The Waterloo Blacks scored three goals in the third period to defeat Sioux Falls, 4-2, Saturday night at the Denny Sanford Premier Center.

Waterloo had four different players find the net during this United States Hockey League season opener.

Jackson Cates, Ben Copeland, Garrett Wait and Garrett Klee each lit the lamp. Copeland helped Waterloo overcame a 1-0 first period deficit with his goal off a Michael Ferrandino assist in the second period.

Cates took advantage of a power play and scored 12 seconds into the third period, before Sioux Falls tied 5 minutes, 43 seconds later. Wait then recorded the final go-ahead goal off a Bobby Trivingo assist midway through the last stanza. Klee tacked on an empty netter late.

The USHL didn’t provide official shots or save statistics from this contest. The Black Hawks return to action Friday at Dubuque.

Waterloo 4, Sioux Falls 2

SCORE BY PERIODS

Waterloo 0 1 3 — 4

Sioux Falls 1 0 1 — 2

FIRST PERIOD — 1. Sioux Falls, Corson Green, 16:28. Penalties—Acosta-SF (high sticking), 4:17, Klee-Wat. (hooking), 18:22, Lellig-Wat. (boarding), 19:22.

SECOND PERIOD — 2. Waterloo, Ben Copeland (Michael Ferrandion), 8:16. Penalties—Panyukov-SF (holding), 4:47, Virtanen-SF (slashing), 13:03, Marooney-Wat (holding), 16:05, Stefanson-SF (high sticking), 16:08, Acosta-SF (roughing), 20:00.

THIRD PERIOD — 3. Waterloo, Jackson Cates (Hunter Lellig, Kyle Koopman), 0:12, 4. Sioux Falls, Nolan Walker (Colin Swoyer, AJ Villella), 5:45, Waterloo, Garrett Wait (Bobby Trivigno, Hank Sorensen), 9:22, Garrett Klee 19:02. Penalties—Palmer-Wat (slashing) 5:01, Palmer-Wat. (interference), 6:47, Ivanyuzhenkov-SF (boarding), 7:03, Cates-Wat. (hooking), 11:21, Sorensen-Wat (holding), 18:21.

Power-plays—Waterloo 1-of-6, Sioux Falls 1-of-7

Officials—Referees—Fleming and Bloyer. Linesmen—Davis, Mack Att.—8,615.

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