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AMES — Regular-season champion Waterloo opened its pursuit of the Midwest High School Hockey League tournament title Friday with a 4-1 victory over Kansas City at the Ames/ISU Ice Arena.

The Warriors (30-2-0-1), took a 1-0 lead in the opening period on a goal by Carter Herbst, and made it 2-0 midway through the second when Herbst set up a score by Keegan Smith.

Kansas City (16-13-2-1), which was responsible for one of Waterloo’s two regulation losses during the regular season, got a power-play goal at the 13:45 mark of the second to keep the game close.

Smith’s second tally of the night with just 1:39 remaining provided the Warriors some breathing room, and Ethan Fox iced the victory with an empty-net goal in the closing seconds.

Chase Pabst stopped 23 of the 24 shots he faced in goal for Waterloo, which advanced to a 2 p.m. semifinal Saturday against fourth-seeded Omaha (23-9-1-0), which knocked out Quad City 3-2 Friday.

Waterloo 4, Kansas City 1

SCORE BY PERIODS

Kansas City 0 1 0 — 1

Waterloo 1 1 2 — 4

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FIRST PERIOD — 1. Waterloo, Herbst (Sinnott), 8:03. Penalty — Lamb-Wat. (tripping) 12:14.

SECOND PERIOD — 2. Smith (Herbst), 9:06. 3. Kansas City, Svetlak (Mahaffy, Kirby), 13:45. Penalties — Burch-Wat. (elbowing) 2:44, Sinnott-Wat. (elbowing) 7:59, Atkinson-KC (unsportsmanlike conduct) 7:59, John Harrison-Wat. (holding) 13:32.

THIRD PERIOD — 4. Waterloo, Smith (Herbst), 15:21. 5. Waterloo, Fox (unassisted), en, 16:43. Penalties — Clark-KC (tripping) 2:53, Arnold-KC (tripping) 8:49.

SHOTS ON GOAL

Kansas City 24

Waterloo 17

Goaltenders — Kansas City, Broxterman (16 SOG, 13 saves). Waterloo, Pabst (24 SOG, 23 saves).

Referees — Meyer, Von Haasl, Clark.

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