WATERLOO — Waterloo won for the sixth time in its last seven games Saturday night, defeating Cedar Rapids 4-1 in a United States Hockey League matchup at Young Arena.

Jackson Cates staked the Black Hawks to a 1-0 lead midway through the first period, but the RoughRiders squared it up a little more than two minutes later. Waterloo unloaded 21 shots on the Cedar Rapids net in the period, but Jiri Patera turned away 20 of them.

The Black Hawks took a 3-1 lead in the second period when Jack Drury scored on a power play and Ethan Johnson followed with a goal 1:47 later.

Waterloo and goalie Matej Tomek (20 saves) protected that lead and Drury tacked on an empty net goal with 1:06 remaining to set the final score.

The Black Hawks improved to 25-11-3-1 on the season and retained their slim lead atop the Western Conference standings with 54 points. They are 9-1-1 in their last 11 games.

Cedar Rapids fell to 15-17-6-1.

Waterloo hits the road Friday and Saturday for a two-game set at Youngstown.

Waterloo 4, Cedar Rapids 1

SCORE BY PERIODS

Cedar Rapids 1 0 0 — 1

Waterloo 1 2 1 — 4

FIRST PERIOD — 1. Waterloo, Cates (Bakich, Koopman), 10:20. 2. Cedar Rapids, Timmons (Ahcan, Granowicz), 12:26. Penalties — Bakich-Wat. (tripping) 3:26, Timmons-CR (interference) 5:07, Ferrandino-Wat. (tripping) 5:07, Lombardi-CR (slashing) 14:59.

SECOND PERIOD — 3. Waterloo, Drury (Finkelstein, Cates), pp, 7:31. 4. Waterloo, Jiohnson (Huff, Ferrandino), 9:16. Penalties — Timmons-CR (boarding) 5:53, Dougherty-Wat. (roughing) 12:06, Ahcan-CR (roughing) 15:00, Tabor-Wat. (roughing) 15:00, Slaggert-CR (roughing) 20:00.

THIRD PERIOD — 5. Waterloo, Drury (Trivigno), en, 18:54. Penalties — Drury-Wat. (roughing) 6:48, Lellig-Wat. (high-sticking) 7:17, Ahcan-CR (goalie interference, roughing) 9:17, Tabor-Wat. (roughing) 9:17.

SHOTS ON GOAL

Cedar Rapids 10 4 7 — 21

Waterloo 21 6 11 — 38

Power-plays — Cedar Rapids 0-for-4. Waterloo 1-for-4.

Goaltenders — Cedar Rapids, Patera 37 SOG, 34 saves). Waterloo, Tomek 21 SOG, 20 saves).

Officials — Referee, Fleming. Linesmen, Fuller, Karabetsos. Att. — 3,127.

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