A recap of Thursday night playoff action in the USHL.
Waterloo Black Hawks 7 @ Sioux Falls Stampede 2
(Waterloo wins series 3-0)
Brandon Montour recorded five points (1g, 4a) to lead the Black Hawks to a victory in Game Three and sweep Sioux Falls in the best-of-five series. Waterloo wasted little time in taking control of the contest as defenseman Hayden Shaw scored his first playoff goal less than two minutes after the opening faceoff. The Hawks then took advantage of special teams as they netted three goals on the power play in the opening period. Tyler Sheehy scored first before Peter Krieger and Montour netted goals just 40 seconds apart. Zeb Knutson would get the Stampede on the scoreboard late in the period with his second of the series. Blake Winiecki had the lone goal of the second period to make the score 5-1 and to give him four goals in the series. C.J. Franklin got Sioux Falls on the scoreboard just 14 seconds into the third, but it wouldn’t be enough as the night belonged to Waterloo. Tim Lappin would score two goals in the third period to close it out for the Black Hawks. Cal Petersen stopped 23 shots to record his third victory of the series. Waterloo now plays the winner of the Sioux City Musketeers and Omaha Lancers series in the Western Conference Final.
Indiana Ice 1 @ Green Bay Gamblers 0
(Indiana leads series 2-1)
The Ice limited the Gamblers to just 12 shots on goal and netminder Jason Pawloski stopped every one to record his first USHL playoff victory. Indiana came out firing in the first period as they put 17 shots on goal, but Gamblers goaltender Jared Rutledge turned each one aside to keep the game scoreless. Midway through the second period, Denis Smirnov put Indiana on the scoreboard with his first playoff goal. It would be all they would need as the Ice defense and Pawloski shut down the Gamblers offense. Rutledge made 31 saves for Green Bay in the loss. The teams meet on Friday night for Game Four as Indiana looks to close out the series and Green Bay looks to extend the series to a deciding fifth game.
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