WATERLOO — Five different players had a goal and an assist as the Waterloo Black Hawks were five goals better than Central Illinois Saturday in a 7-2 United States Hockey League victory at Young Arena.
Waterloo (16-9-3) produced a season-high in goals as it registered a point in the standings for its sixth consecutive game.
“I thought we generated a lot of offense and some guys got rewarded who hadn’t been getting rewarded for good looks,” Black Hawks head coach P.K. O’Handley said.
Jackson Cates, Sam Huff, Joey Cassetti, Bobby Trivigno and Hank Sorensen each had a goal and assist, while Solag Bakich had two assists and Jack Drury had an assist to give him a point in his 10th consecutive game.
“Guys are being unselfish and that is what happens when you get different guys getting two points a night. It is nice to see and the win is even better,” Huff said.
Huff opened the scoring for Waterloo when he pounced on a rebound and scored a power-play goal just 3 minutes, 33 seconds into the first.
Jackson Cates’ 12th goal of the season made it 2-0 with 3:32 left in the first. Bakich created the goal, swooping in from behind the net and backhanding a shot off of Flying Aces’ goalie Zach Stejskal that went right to Cates, who slammed it home.
Garrett Wait’s eighth goal in the second made it 3-1, before a poor pass from deep inside Waterloo’s zone allowed Kiefiuk to score unassisted with 7:01 left in the second. But the Black Hawks regained a two-goal lead with 11 seconds left in the period when Sorensen scored his fourth, burying a rebound after Waterloo had missed an open net two or three times in a 10-second span.
Trivigno, Cassetti and Matej Blumel all scored in the third for Waterloo, which avenged a 5-2 loss to the Flying Aces on Oct. 29.
In addition to the offense, O’Handley was pleased with how the team rebounded from a tough 3-2 loss in Omaha Friday that saw Waterloo tie the score short-handed in the waning seconds only to give up the game-winner less than a minute into overtime.
“I thought we defended extremely well from the start. We didn’t give much,” O’Handley said. “It was a tough turnaround. I didn’t know how we would come out based on the emotion of how we came out last night, but I thought we were on it from the start.
Waterloo 7, Cent. Illinois 2
SCORE BY PERIODS
Central Illinois 1 1 0 — 2
Waterloo 2 2 3 — 7
FIRST PERIOD — 1. Waterloo, Sam Huff (Michael Ferrandino, Ben Copeland). 3:33, pp, 2. Waterloo, Jackson Cates (Solag Bakich, Copeland), 16:28, 3. Central Illinois, Calen Kiefiuk (Griffin Lunn, Charlie Raith), 17:47. Penalties — Simon Butala, CI (roughing), 3:14, Niko Esposito-Selivanov, Wat (tripping), 8:21, Sebastian Dirven, CI (hooking), 13:02.
SECOND PERIOD — 4. Waterloo, Garrett Wait (Bobby Trivigno, Jack Drury), 10:44, 5. Central Illinois, Kiefiuk (unassisted), 12:59, 6. Waterloo, Hank Sorensen (Peter Tabor, Wait), 19:49. Penalties — Mike Callahan, CI (cross checking), :56, Tabor, Wat (hooking), 7:28, Matt Gosiewski, CI (tripping), 13:34.
THIRD PERIOD — 7. Waterloo, Trivigno (Cates, Sorensen), 5:42, pp, 8. Waterloo, Joey Cassetti (Bakich), 9:28, 9. Waterloo, Matej Blumel (Cassetti, Huff), 18:42. Penalties — Wojciech Stachowiak, CI (tripping), 4:46, Bakich, Wat (roughing), 6:49, Dirven, CI (roughing), 6:49, Bakich, Wat (fighting), 10:43, Raith, CI (fighting), 10:43, Kiefiuk, CI (tripping), 11:33, Trivgno, Wat (boarding), 13:24,
SHOTS ON GOAL
Cent. Illinois 7 7 16 — 30
Waterloo 17 12 19 — 48
Goalies — Central Illinois, Zach Stejskal (41 saves). Waterloo, Jared Moe (28 saves).
Referee — Kevin Corbett. Linesmen — Jeff Pacocha, Shane Gustafson.