Waterloo Black Hawks Halt Determined Storm

Courtesy: Waterloo Black Hawks

WATERLOO, Iowa - Pulling away in the second period Monday, the Waterloo Black Hawks won the first game of their best-of-three first round Clark Cup playoff series 6-4 against the Tri-City Storm at Young Arena.

Four first period goals were scored in less than six minutes. The Hawks took the lead rushing up ice at 2:29, with Scott MacDonald's pass out of the right wing corner redirected into the net by Taylor Cammarata. Twenty-eight seconds later, Tim Bonner tied the game for the Storm, banking a centering pass into the net off of a Waterloo defenseman. The Hawks reassumed another short-lived lead at 5:08; Mike Huntebrinker's quick, low shot beat Adam Wilcox to the five-hole. The Storm responded even more quickly when Josh Henke found the net just 24 seconds later.

After a split decision in the first period, it was all Black Hawks in the second. Jamie Hill put the Hawks ahead 8:16 into the middle 20, stealing a puck in the right wing corner while shorthanded, bringing it to the front of the net, and lifting in a backhander. MacDonald hit Cammarata with a breakaway pass, and the 16-year-old stickhandled a shot through the pads of Wilcox at 14:03 to give the Hawks their first two-goal lead. Then Waterloo added one more with 1:44 remaining before intermission. With all three Hawks forwards within a few feet of the crease, Tony Cameranesi eventually poked the puck in.

Hill added his second goal of the night during a power play 3:28 into the final period, when his centering pass intended for MacDonald caromed into the net off of a defender. The Storm notched the final two goals of the night, but their comeback fell short. Nick Lappin knocked in a power play goal just less than three minutes after Hill scored. It remained 6-3 until Bryan Sinz scored from the high slot with 2:45 remaining and an extra attacker on the ice.

After a chippy game, neither team will have to wait long for the rematch, scheduled for Tuesday night at Young Arena.
facebook twitter rss mobile google plus
email alerts you tube hooplanow pinterest instagram