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USHL: Late Goals Doom Blackhawks, Fall in Finals

Updated: Wednesday, May 21 2014, 07:56 PM CDT
Waterloo, IA - Playing their final game ahead of an uncertain future,
the Indiana Ice edged the Waterloo Black Hawks, 3-2, at Young Arena on Tuesday
to win the United States Hockey League’s Clark Cup Championship.



Two third period goals allowed the visitors to tie the contest,
then pull ahead.  Trailing 2-1 with 8:48
remaining, Alex Talcott found a rebound at the front of the Waterloo net and
slipped the puck around Cal Petersen’s right pad, across the goal line.  Six-and-a-half minutes later, on a rush up
the rink, Aiden Muir made a drop pass to Brian Pinho, and his low shot snuck
inside the long-side post.





The win clinched the series, which was played to a full
five games, giving the Ice the second Clark Cup during their franchise
history.  Without a home rink to play in
during 2014/15, Indiana will become a dormant franchise next season, making it
possible that Tuesday’s win could be the final game for the Ice in USHL
competition.





The opening period was a stalemate.  The Hawks’ Patrick Russell sent a rebound to
the back of the net, recycling Liam Pecararo’s initial shot at 3:40.  However, Mitch Hults answered for Indiana
when the Hawks failed to clear their zone at 11:21.  Hults batted a puck out of midair past
Petersen.  It was one of 18 Ice shots
during the frame as Indiana out-chanced Waterloo 18-10.





The Black Hawks went back ahead in the second period,
forcing a turnover at the Indiana blue line. 
Jake Horton swiped a puck and delivered a shot-pass to Zach
Sanford.  The Hawks’ hero of Game Four
scored on one touch, past Jason Pawloski, at 11:35.  Seconds later, Petersen made a glorious save
with no rebound on a breakaway chance by Patrick Newell, knocking down the
initial wrist shot and falling on the disc.



However, the Ice had too many opportunities in the third,
despite being held below their first and second period shot totals.  For the game, Indiana put 44 shots on frame
and forced 41 saves by Petersen. 
Pawloski made 33 stops.





Waterloo’s defeat ended a season in which the Black Hawks
were the USHL’s regular season champions and winners of the Anderson Cup for a
second time.  The Hawks set a franchise
record with 44 victories during the 60-game schedule.  Waterloo won eight more playoff contests and
reached the postseason finals for the fifth time in the last eleven years.



USHL: Late Goals Doom Blackhawks, Fall in Finals


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