WATERLOO — Trevor Kuntar’s second unassisted goal of the third period broke a 3-3 tie and lifted Youngstown to a 5-3 United States Hockey League win over Waterloo Friday at Young Arena.
The Western Conference-leading Black Hawks (29-12-2-0) played from behind most of the night, falling into a 2-0 deficit in the opening period.
Griffin Ness got Waterloo on the scoreboard with the only goal of the second period to make it a 2-1 game.
Kuntar restored Youngstown’s two-goal advantage early in the third before Nic Belpedio and Luke Bast connected to tie it for the Black Hawks. Kuntar gave his team the lead again at the 11:15 mark, and Youngstown (19-19-5-1) added an empty net goal in the final seconds.
Waterloo outshot the Phantoms 42-25, but went 0-for-7 on power-play opportunities.
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Youngstown 5, Waterloo 3
SCORE BY PERIODS
Youngstown 2 0 3 — 5
Waterloo 0 1 2 — 3
FIRST PERIOD — 1. Youngstown, Cassidy (Kuntar, Gallacher), pp, 16:08. 2. Youngstown, Dahm (DeLuca), sh, 18:36. Penalties — Kuntar-Youngs. (slashing) :47, DeLuca-Youngs. (roughing) 6:07, Haskins-Wat. (tripping) 12:51, Waterloo bench (too many men) 15:26, Borshyov-Youngs. (holding) 17:08.
SECOND PERIOD — 3. Waterloo, Ness (Schingoethe), 1:59. Penalties — Rolston-Wat. (high-sticking) 4:59, Basse-Youngs. (tripping) 7:33, Haskins-Wat. (interference) 9:44, Youngstown bench (too many men) 12:18, DeLuca-Youngs. (head contact major, game misconduct) 17:21, Cassetti-Wat. (unsportsmanlike conduct) 20:00.
THIRD PERIOD — 4. Youngstown, Kuntar (unassisted), 1:35. 5. Waterloo, Belpedio (Jeannette, Reiners), 5:43. 6. Waterloo, Bast (Bohlinger, Rolston), 8:56. 7. Youngstown, Kuntar (unassisted), 11:15. 8. Youngstown, Felker (Alger), en, 19:27. Penalty — Borshyov-Youngs. (slashing) 14:08.
SHOTS ON GOAL
Youngstown 7 9 9 — 25
Waterloo 12 14 16 — 42
Power-plays — Youngstown 1-for-5. Waterloo 0-for-7.
Goaltenders — Youngstown, Basse (42 SOG, 39 saves). Waterloo, Carriere (24 SOG, 20 saves).
Officials — Referee, Gruhl. Linesmen, Offerman, McCrary. Att. — 2,304.
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