WATERLOO (KWWL) — The Waterloo Black Hawks scored two early goals and held on late in a key 2-1 win over rival Dubuque on Friday night.
The win kept alive hopes of a second place finish and a first round playoff by in the Western Conference. The Black Hawks will go in to the final night of the regular season tied with Sioux Falls in second place. Waterloo, which holds the tie-breaker, can guarantee a bye with another win at Dubuque on Saturday night.
The Black Hawks opened the scoring on Friday as James Marooney skated into the zone and fired a high shot towards goal. The puck tipped off keeper Mathew Thiessen’s glove and fell in to the net. One minute later Joey Cassetti tipped a hard shot off the stick of Wyatt Shingoethe in to the goal for the game’s second tally.
A scramble in front of the net led to a goal by Riese Gaber later in the period to put Dubuque on the board, but Waterloo’s Evan Fear kept the Fighting Saints scoreless the rest of the way finishing with 26 saves.