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WATERLOO — To win in the playoffs, disappointment has to stay in the past.

After a tough overtime loss Saturday night to the Lincoln Stars in Game 1 of a United States Hockey League Western Conference semifinal, the Waterloo Black Hawks stayed in the moment Sunday in Game 2.

With a more consistent effort and a stellar night in goal by Jared Moe, Waterloo evened the best-of-five series with a 3-0 victory at Young Arena.

“Shows a lot of what we have in the lockerroom,” forward Garrett Klee, one of three Black Hawk goal scorers in the game, said. “For the guys to come back ... we knew it was a big game and we could not go down 2-0 ... a great response.”

Moe recorded just the 12th Junior Era playoff shutout in franchise history, while Klee, Bobby Trivigno and Garrett Wait each scored as the Black Hawks showed a 60-minute effort that head coach P.K. O’Handley said was missing at times in a 3-2 overtime loss to Lincoln Saturday.

“We talked about our compete and urgency,” O’Handley said. “I thought it was good last night, and I thought it was exceptional tonight.”

Waterloo scored in each period getting started on a great off-the-puck play by rookie Griffin Ness, who took the body away of Lincoln player to free up Ethan Johnson and Klee to set up what proved to be the game winner.

With Ness locking up a Star player, Johnson pushed a pass to Klee, who with a Lincoln player battling him chipped the puck toward middle ice. Klee won the race to the puck, and he was off to the races, deking Lincoln goalie Derek Schaedig to the ice, swooping past him and burying the puck top shelf with a backhand with 8 minutes and 13 seconds left in the first.

“Great play by Ness to take the body, and Johnny knocked it to me. I had a nice chip out and every now and then one will go in so it was good to get that one on the board and win that period,” Klee said.

The Black Hawks then extended their lead to 2-0 early in the second when Solag Bakich set up Trivigno on an up-ice rush and Trivigno beat Schaedig with a quick wrist shot from the left circle just 2:52 into the middle period.

A great play by Jackson Cates set up Wait’s third-period goal with 5:02 to go. Cates and Wait were on the forecheck and as a Star defender tried to clear the puck from Lincoln’s zone, Cates swatted it out of the air, fired a pass to Wait who slammed home a one-timer from the slot.

Waterloo out-shot Lincoln, 29-21, and won despite an 0-for-8 effort on the power play.

A lot of it had to do with Moe, who made several strong saves in the opening 20 minutes, and then watched as his defense locked down the Stars over the final 40 minutes as the Black Hawks blocked numerous shots and allowed Lincoln to take just 12 shots over the final two periods.

“They were great tonight,” Moe said. “It is something special (of the shutout) and is kind of the goal going into every game, keep the puck out of the net.

“But giving the team a chance to win is the main priority and if the shutout comes with it that is just great.”

The series now moves on the Lincoln where Games 3 and 4 will take place. on Wednesday and Thursday. Waterloo split a pair of games at the Ice Box during the regular season, losing 3-2 in overtime on March 2, and winning 6-2 on Jan. 19.

“The series wasn’t over yesterday with a loss and it is not over today with a win” Klee said. “We know how to win on the road, and we just have to go do what we do.”

Waterloo 3, Lincoln 0

SCORE BY PERIODS

Lincoln 0 0 0 — 0

Waterloo 1 1 1 — 3

FIRST PERIOD — 1. Waterloo, Garrett Klee (Ethan Johnson), 11:47. Penalties — Jack Drury, Wat (kneeing), 9:23, Zach Dubinsky, Lin (tripping), 13:32, Ethan Dougherty, Wat (slashing), 13:32, Casey Dornbach, Lin (tripping), 15:47.

SECOND PEIROD — 2. Waterloo, Bobby Trivigno (Solag Bakich), 2:52. Penalties — Hank Sorensen, Wat (delay of game), 5:43, Dominick Mersch, Lin (delay of game), 5:43, Dornbach, Lin (charging), 7:11, Gustaf Westlund, Lin (hooking), 12:07. Dougherty, Wat (cross checking), 14:37, Carter Long, Lin (interference), 16:22.

THIRD PERIOD — 3. Waterloo, Garrett Wait (Jackson Cates), 14:58. Penalties — Trivigno, Wat (hooking), :30, Christian Krygier, Lin (hooking), 2:47, Westlund, Lin (boarding), 8:28, Sorensen, Wat (roughing), 15:55, Paul Cotter, Lin (slashing), 16:59, Collin Peters, Lin (cross checking), 18:49.

SHOTS ON GOAL

Lincoln 9 5 7 — 21

Waterloo 9 17 3 — 29

Goalies — Lincoln, Derek Schaedig (26 saves). Waterloo, Jared Moe (21 saves). Referees — Eric Krasnichuk and Nolan Bloyer. Linesmen — Jake Jackson and Rocco Stachowiak.

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