WATERLOO — Yuri Terao scored four times and 16-year old Shane Bowers had four assists as the Waterloo Black Hawks scored a 6-4 victory over the Sioux City Musketeers Saturday in United States Hockey League action at Young Arena.
The Black Hawks never trailed, but the Musketeers, eighth in the USHL West, rallied to tie the score three times before Waterloo scored twice in the final 10 minutes to win its third straight and strengthen its bid for a playoff spot.
“Hard game. I think our fatigue showed a little bit. A lot of games in short amount of time,” Black Hawks head coach P.K. O’Handley said. “But I think that is a real good sign we were able to gut that out and find ways. We were able to find ways.”
The night was owned by Terao, his centerman Bowers and linemate Georgs Golovkovs as the trio combined for 10 points. Terao had four goals, Bowers four assists and Golovkovs a goal and an assist.
Terao scored twice in the first, gave Waterloo a 3-2 lead in the second and then tallied the game-winner with 8 minutes and 43 seconds left on a fortuitous bounce off himself and past Sioux City goalie Cam Gornet.
“Amazing, unbelievable,” Terao said. “Teammates helped me a lot.”
Terao’s big night was the fourth time in the USHL this season that a player had scored four goals.
It was keyed by Bowers, who assisted on all four of Terao’s goals.
“I think everything was finding the net tonight,” Bowers said. “It wasn’t our best game, but we managed to stick to it, fight through it and get the two points, which were huge. The bounces were going our way, but I really think we were skating well and moving the puck well.”
“Yuri played extremely ... that whole line Shane and Georgs were outstanding,” O’Handley added. “Four goals, that doesn’t happen very often, but that is four goals from a group of guys.”
Waterloo led 2-0 after 1, but Sioux City scored 17 seconds part in the second to tie it 2-all, the second on a bad bounce that saw a Mitch Fossier shot bounce off the glass behind Cale Morris and onto the stick of Josh Wilkins.
Terao gave the Black Hawks the lead back with 7:31 left, but Eeli Tolvanen tied it with 56 seconds left in the middle period.
The game stayed back-and-forth in the third as Golovkovs scored just 2:29 in, only to see Matt Steeves tie it with 13:15 remaining before Terao netted the game winner.
The victory combined with a loss by Lincoln to Sioux Falls launched the Black Hawks into a tie for second in the USHL West Division with the Stars. Sioux Falls movedinto a tie with Fargo for fourth place, meaning four teams are still alive for three remaining playoff spots in the West Division. There is one weekend of the regular season left.
A loss by either Fargo Sunday to Sioux City or a Sioux Falls lost to Des Moines Tuesday would clinch a playoff spot for Waterloo, which is five points in front of Sioux Falls and Fargo in West Division.
“It is crazy right now. Just crazy,” O’Handley said of the playoff race.
Waterloo 6, Sioux City 4
SCORE BY PERIODS
Sioux City 0 3 1 — 4
Waterloo 2 1 3 — 6
FIRST PERIOD — 1. Waterloo, Yuri Terao (Shane Bowers, Michael Davies), 1:56, 2. Waterloo, Terao (Bowers, Sam Rossini), 12:07. Penalties — Georgs Golovkovs, Wat (roughing), 14:33, Connor Valesano, SC (roughing), 14:33, Matt Steeves, SC (roughing), 15:54.
SECOND PERIOD — 3. Sioux City, Mitch Fossier (Ryan Bederka), 7:22, 4. Sioux City, Josh Wilkins (Fossier), 7:39, 5. Waterloo, Terao (Bowers, Davies), 12:19, 6. Sioux City, Eeli Tolvanen (Brady Ferner), 19:03. Penalties — Jake Ryczek, Wat (tripping), :53, Bench, Wat (too many men), 14:36,
THIRD PERIOD — 7. Waterloo, Golovkovs (Bowers), 2:29, 8. Sioux City, Steeves (Logan Gestro, Valesano), 6:45, 9. Waterloo, Terao (Golovkovs, Newhouse), 11:17, 10. Waterloo, Swaney (Ben Newhouse, Mikey Anderson), 17:17. Penalties — None.
SHOTS ON GOAL
Sioux City 10 9 11 — 30
Waterloo 10 8 13 — 31
Goalies — Sioux City, Cam Gornet (25 saves). Waterloo, Cale Morris (26 saves). Referees — Matt Miller, Sean MacFarlane. Linesmen — Tony Aronson, Ryan Szymanski.