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Big Waterloo Victory Extends Clark Cup Final to Five Games

Saturday May 17, 2014

Zach Sanford scored twice, Liam Pecararo had three points, and Cal Petersen made 36 saves to lead the Waterloo Black Hawks to a 7-2 win in Game Four of the Clark Cup Final. (photos by Britta Lewis)

Clark Cup Final – Game Four

Waterloo Black Hawks 7 @ Indiana Ice 2

(Series tied 2-2)

The Waterloo Black Hawks had their offense rolling as they exploded for seven goals to win Game Four of the 2014 USHL Clark Cup Final against the Indiana Ice and force a deciding fifth game in the best-of-five series.

Indiana jumped out early as defenseman Josh Jacobs ripped a shot from the blue line that surprised Waterloo netminder Cal Petersen and snuck in to give the Ice a 1-0 lead just over two minutes into the contest.  It was the third goal of the series for Jacobs.  The Black Hawks would respond five minutes later as Tyler Sheehy broke in alone and fired a shot past Ice goaltender Jason Pawloski to make it a 1-1 game.  It was the USHL-leading eighth goal of the playoffs for Sheehy.  This time it was Indiana that had a quick response as Mitch Hults gave his team the lead a couple minutes later with his second goal in as many nights.  Over the first 20 minutes of play, the Ice out-shot Waterloo 15-2.

The Black Hawks took over in the second period as Zach Sanford tied the game three minutes into the middle frame and then gave his team the lead when he netted a second goal a little more than minutes later.  It was the third and fourth goals of the playoffs for the Washington Capitals draft pick.

It would be all Waterloo in the third as captain Tim Lappin scored his first of the series less than seven minutes in.  Defenseman Brandon Montour wired in his sixth goal of the playoffs less than three minutes later which would mark the end of the night for Ice goaltender Pawloski.  Waterloo extended the lead on the fourth goal of the playoffs for Liam Pecararo before Patrick Russell sealed it with an empty netter in the closing moments.  Pecararo finished the night with three points (1g, 2a). 

Petersen made 36 saves to earn his eighth victory of the playoffs for Waterloo.  Pawloski had 15 saves in the loss and Hayden Stewart made six saves after coming on in relief during the third period for Indiana.

The series now shifts back to Waterloo for the deciding Game Five on Tuesday.  The teams split the first two games of the series played in Waterloo.



VIDEO - Zach Sanford, Waterloo Black Hawks forward

VIDEO - Tim Lappin, Waterloo Black Hawks forward

VIDEO - Brandon Montour, Waterloo Black Hawks defenseman

VIDEO - P.K. O'Handley, Waterloo Black Hawks head coach

VIDEO - Jeff Brown, Indiana Ice head coach

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