WATERLOO — One night after tallying six goals, the Waterloo Black Hawks never looked fully in sync Saturday as they dropped a 4-1 United States Hockey League game to Muskegon at Young Arena.
The Lumberjacks scored twice in each of the second and third periods as they snapped a three-game losing streak, while Waterloo saw its own three-game win streak come to an end.
“They competed harder than we did,” Black Hawks head coach P.K. O’Handley said.
Waterloo erupted offensively Friday in a 6-2 win at Lincoln, but 24 hours later O’Handley felt his team went away from everything that allowed it to go 8-1-1 in its last 10 games. Seeking its 20th win of the season, the Black Hawks forgot their identity, according to their veteran coach.
Waterloo was out-shot in each of the first two periods and 29-19 in the game.
“We had chances, but when we did we tried to make one more play, make a fancy play and that is not who we are,” O’Handley said. “Hopefully we will take it as a wake-up call to remember who we are.”
After a scoreless first, Muskegon took a 1-0 with a power play goal 5 minutes, 16 seconds into the second. The Lumberjacks then took a 2-0 lead when Vincent De Mey followed his own shot and pushed the rebound past Waterloo netminder Matej Tomek.
Nearing the midway point of the third, after Waterloo had some of its best offensive push, Muskegon’s Will Schlagenhauf stole a puck just inside the Black Hawks’ blue line and beat Tomek one-on-one for a 3-0 lead with 11:22 left in the third.
“The long and the short of it is their best players were their best players and ours weren’t,” O’Handley said. “We tried hard. We just got away from everything that has made us successful. We have no choice but to regroup and find our way back.”
The Black Hawks broke up Zach Borgiel’s shutout bid with 10:45 left in the game when Jackson Cates scored on the power play.
Muskegon 4, Waterloo 1
SCORE BY PERIODS
Muskegon 0 2 2 — 4
Waterloo 0 0 1 — 1
FIRST PERIOD — No scoring. Penalties — Jack Drury, Wat (holding), 12:42, Mikael Hakkarainen (interference), 14:18, Drury, Wat (roughing), 14:50, Matej Pekar, Mus (slashing), 14:50.
SECOND PERIOD — 1.Muskegon, Hakkarainen (Marc Del Gaizo), 5:16, pp, 2. Muskegon, Vincent De Mey (Monte Graham, Emilio Pettersen), 10:14. Penalties — Peter Tabor, Wat (tripping), 4:19, Pekar, Musk (high sticking), 12:20, Jagger Joshua, Musk (slashing), 17:01, Evan Dougherty, Wat (roughing), 17:01.
THIRD PERIOD — 3. Muskegon, Will Schlagenhauf (unassisted), 8:38, 4. Waterloo, Jackson Cates (Ben Finkelstein), 9:15, pp., 5. Anthony Del Gaizo (Pekar), 19:33, en. Penalties — Will Kaiser, Musk (), 8:42, M. Del Gaizo (cross checking), 8:52, Evan Dougherty, Wat (fighting), 11:58, Alex Vakovenko, Musk (fighting), 11:58.
SHOTS ON GOAL
Muskegon 10 12 7 — 29
Waterloo 6 6 7 — 19
Goalies — Muskegon, Zach Borgiel (18 saves). Waterloo, Matej Tomek (26 saves). Referee — Steven Sailor. Linesmen — Troy Aronson, Justin Esterly.