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.