YOUNGSTOWN, OH – Twelve different Waterloo skaters found the scoresheet and Gabriel Carriere made 18 saves as the Black Hawks downed the Youngstown Phantoms (19-21-6-2, 45 points) 5-1 Saturday night at the Covelli Centre.
“I felt like (the) energy level (was) flat,” said Phantoms Head Coach Brad Patterson. “Execution level not there. We’ve played a lot of hockey, but at the same time that’s no excuse…Today we didn’t deserve the (positive) results, and we need to be better for sure.”
Waterloo scored three times in the opening 13:00 of the game to put the Phantoms in a large hole early. Matt Argentina redirected a point shot past Dominic Basse (29 saves) just 3:30 into the game, Kyle Haskins scored on a redirect at 8:45, and Wyatt Schingoethe snapped a wrister past Basse’s blocker at 12:43 to stake the visitors to a 3-0 lead.
Youngstown snapped the Waterloo scoring run with just under three minutes remaining in the period. Just as a power play ended, Yusaku Ando found Reilly Funk cutting to the net. Funk took a shot that was stopped by Carriere, but the rebound came right back to Funk, and he backhanded it home for his eighth of the season, cutting the Waterloo lead to 3-1. “If you look at this week, I think (Reilly) is consistently moving his feet, probably threw more body checks than he has the past couple of weeks, and that’s big,” said Patterson. “He’s a big body and when he gets moving, he’s a force with the puck and without it. We definitely need that going forward. It’s good that he gets a couple (goals this week), but I’m sure he’d rather we had the two points at the end of the night.”
After a scoreless second period that included a five-minute major power play for Youngstown in which they didn’t get a single shot on net, Waterloo tacked on two more in the third period. Teddy Lagerback score his first of the year at 2:17 and Xander Lamppa scored a power play goal at 15:12 to wrap up the scoring.
Youngstown continues its five-game homestand next weekend with a pair of games against the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. Cedar Rapids trails Youngstown by five points in the Eastern Conference standings, but could be as close as one by the time next weekend ends. Puck drop both Friday and Saturday night is scheduled for 7:05pm and the games will be broadcast on HockeyTV and Western Reserve Radio.
By the Numbers
Shots – 19
Saves – 29
Power Play – 0/4
Penalty Kill – 2/4
Goals – Funk
Assists – Ando, Beaton