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WATERLOO — The Waterloo Black Hawks retained their place atop the Western Conference standings Friday night with a wild 5-3 win over Sioux Falls inside Young Arena.

Waterloo (35-14-6-2) scored twice on power-play opportunities in the opening period, and took a 3-2 lead into the second frame following goals from Bobby Trivigno, Garrett Wait and Jack Drury.

Evan Dougherty added an unassisted goal 5 minutes, 42 seconds into the second period to give the Black Hawks a 4-2 advantage before Sioux Falls (32-16-4-4) cut the deficit back to one on Artem Ivanyuzhenkov’s goal at the 9:10 mark.

Trivigno, the rookie from Setauket, N.Y., now has 43 points, and 17 of them (4 goals, 13 assists)

have come in his last 10 games.

Ben Copeland assisted on Trivigno’s second goal to give him 41 on the season, best in the USHL. Drury needs just one assist to reach 40 with three regular season games left.

Drury, with his goal and assist, is now tied with his teammate Jackson Cates, for third in USHL scoring with 62 points.

The opening fireworks gave way to a defensive battle in the third period as the two goalies combined to stop 22 shots before Trivigno converted an empty net opportunity for his second goal.

Waterloo’s Jared Moe finished with 28 saves while Mikhail Berdin stopped 34 shots in net for Sioux Falls. The Black Hawks peppered the Stampede with 39 shots on the night.

Waterloo 5, Sioux Falls 3

SCORE BY PERIODS

Sioux Falls 2 1 0 — 3

Waterloo 3 1 1 — 5

FIRST PERIOD — 1. Waterloo, Trivigno (Drury, Sorensen), 8:10, pp. 2. Waterloo, Wait (Sorensen), 9:00. 3. Sioux Falls, Conley (Burke, Dawe), 9:19. 4. Sioux Falls, Lunn (Mogensen), 15:33. 5. Waterloo, Drury (Trivigno, Finkelstein), 19:39, pp. Penalties — Conley, SF (roughing) 5:38, Sorensen, Wat. (roughing) 5:38, Walker, SF (hooking) 6:25, Klee, Wat. (high sticking) 9:51, Lunn, SF (boarding) 18:24, Sorensen, Wat. (roughing), 20:00.

SECOND PERIOD — 6. Waterloo, Dougherty 5:42. 7. Sioux Falls, Ivanyuzhenkov (Walker), 9:10. Penalties — Mattson,SF (tripping), 19:48.

THIRD PERIOD — 8. Waterloo, Trivigno (Copeland, Palmer), 19:30, empty net. Penalties —- Conley, SF (roughing) 1:38, Trivigno, Wat (roughing) 1:38, Lunn, SF (roughing) 7:00, Ivanyuzhenkov, SF (roughing) 16:07, Palmer, Wat. (roughing) 16:07.

SHOTS ON GOAL

Sioux Falls 13 6 12 — 31

Waterloo 17 11 11 — 39

Power-plays — Sioux Falls 0-for-2, Waterloo 2-for-4.

Goalies — Sioux Falls, Berdin (38 SOG, 34 saves). Waterloo, Moe (31 SOG, 28 saves). Officials — Referee, Larson. Linesmen, Karabetsos, Daltrey. Att. — 2,953

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