WATERLOO — Waterloo put together a strong effort at both ends of the ice and clipped United States Hockey League leader Tri-City 4-1 Friday night at Young Arena.
The Black Hawks (21-11-3-1) began the night trailing the Storm (23-10-1-1) by four points in the USHL’s West Division, but left with a chance to pull even atop the standings when the teams faced off again Saturday night at Young Arena.
Tri-City had allowed a league-low 63 goals coming into the game, but Waterloo got one early when Garrett Klee cashed in on assists from Peter Tabor and Hank Sorensen just 4 minutes, 32 seconds in.
The Black Hawks had an opportunity to increase the lead 7:57 into the second period, but Jackson Cates was unable to convert a penalty shot. Evan Dougherty did get the lead to 2-0 at 12:04 with assists from Ethan Johnson and Matej Blumel, but the Storm picked up a power-play goal with 1:51 left to the second intermission for a 2-1 game.
Waterloo started the third period on a power play, including 29 seconds of two-man advantage, and Ben Copeland made it count :42 into the period with assists from Ben Finkelstein and Jack Drury for a 3-1 lead.
That was more than enough for goaltender Matej Tomek, who stopped 16 of the 17 shots he faced. Cates added an empty-net goal for the Black Hawks in the final two minutes.
Waterloo 4, Tri-City 1
SCORE BY PERIODS
Tri-City 0 1 0 — 1
Waterloo 1 1 2 — 4
FIRST PERIOD — 1. Waterloo, Klee (Tabor, Sorensen), 4:32. Penalties — Foskey-TC (holding) 7:04, McLane-TC (elbowing) 15:07.
SECOND PERIOD — 2. Waterloo, Dougherty (Johnson, Blumel), 12:04. 3. Tri-City, Blixt (Goodsir), pp, 18:09. Penalties — Trivigno-Wat. (high-sticking) 3:57, Cates-Wat. (slashing) 8:27, Blixt-TC (holding) 9:17, Bakich-Wat. (holding) 13:51, Esposito-Selivanov-Wat. (slashing) 17:30, Summers-TC (holding) 18:31, Hawkinson-TC (high-sticking) 20:00.
THIRD PERIOD — 4. Waterloo, Copeland (Finkelstein, Drury), pp, :42. 5. Waterloo, Cates (Bakich), en, 18:36. Penalties — Bakich-Wat. (high-sticking) 5:18, McMenamin-TC (slashing) 9:07, Tabor-Wat. (checking from behind) 15:05.
SHOTS ON GOAL
Tri-City 4 8 5 — 17
Waterloo 9 15 10 — 34
Power-plays — Tri-City 1-for-6. Waterloo 1-for-6.
Goaltenders — Tri-City, Larsson (33 SOG, 30 saves). Waterloo, Tomek (17 SOG, 16 saves).
Officials — Referees, White, Larson. Linesmen, Karabetsos, Gustafson. Att.—2,505.