Triumphant Ten for Waterloo Black Hawks Over Chicago Steel

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By Aaron Hepker

BENSENVILLE, Illinois - John Siemer had the best offensive night of any USHL player this season, scoring four goals and contributing three assists in a 10-0 victory against the Chicago Steel Wednesday at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville, Illinois.

No player in the league had more than three goals or five points in a game during 2010-2011 prior to Wednesday. The outburst ended an 18-game stretch for the Baldwin Park, California native without a goal.

Siemer’s first marker came with the Hawks up 1-0 at 15:37 of the first, when he found a rebound after a two-on-two rush. His goal to cap a two-on-one at 2:03 of the second made it 3-0. Siemer added consecutive scores at 13:14 and 15:40 of the final period.

One of the few goals Siemer did not have a hand in was the opening tally, on the power play, by Gunnar Hughes, banging in a rebound 3:22 into the game. Jamie Hill, Aaron Pearce, and Max Edson also contributed power play scores as Waterloo went four-for-nine on the advantage. Alex Guptill and Dan McNamara each found the net at even-strength during a six-goal third.

On the other side of the ice, Jay Williams stopped all of the chances he faced. Williams made 26 saves for his second shutout of the season. The victory ties the Hawks with the Youngstown Phantoms for the USHL’s final playoff position. Both teams have 47 points; the Hawks have seven games remaining, while Youngstown plays eight more times.

Waterloo meets another conference opponent on the road Friday with a visit to the Muskegon Lumberjacks concluding a stretch of three straight away from home. The Hawks return to Young Arena Saturday to host the Dubuque Fighting Saints at 7:05. Lucky fans can win a share of $1,000 in gift certificates from Waterloo Golf Headquarters.

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