Clark Cup Final – Game Two
Indiana Ice 3 @ Waterloo Black Hawks 2 (2 OT)
(Series tied 1-1)
Joe Sullivan scored in the second overtime as the Indiana Ice won Game Two of the 2014 Clark Cup Final and evened the best-of-five series with the Waterloo Black Hawks.
For the second time in as many nights, the Ice would get on the scoreboard first as defenseman Josh Jacobs fired a shot in from the blueline midway through the first period. It was his second goal of the series. At the end of the first period, Indiana held a 15-7 shot advantage while also leading 1-0.
One of the best defensive teams throughout the season, Indiana put the clamps on Waterloo in the second period as they held them without a shot on goal for almost 12 minutes of game action. The Hawks would finally break through and took advantage of a power play as Tyler Sheehy tied the game with his League-leading seventh goal of the playoffs and second of the series.
Waterloo was called for a penalty at the end of the second, so the Ice went on the power play to start the third period. It would be the Black Hawks that would capitalize however as John Wiitala scored shorthanded just 39 seconds into the third period, his first USHL career playoff goal. Indiana had a quick response as they tied the game only a minute later. Mitch Hults batted a put out of the air that went past Waterloo netminder Cal Petersen. The teams went back and forth throughout the third period and Indiana had several quality chances including Brian Pinho ringing a shot off the crossbar in the closing moments of the third.
In the first overtime, the teams again traded chances but both Petersen and Indiana goaltender Jason Pawloski were unbeatable as they combined to stop all 23 shots thrown their way in the overtime session. One of the best chances of the first overtime came of the stick of Waterloo forward Patrick Russell, but his shot clanked off the crossbar keeping the game deadlocked.
The teams then headed to a second overtime and Joe Sullivan played the hero when he scored just under seven minutes into the fifth period of play. It was his second goal of the playoffs for Indiana. Pawloski made 32 saves to post his sixth win of the playoffs while Petersen had 59 saves in the loss for Waterloo. The 59 saves by Petersen are in the most in the USHL Clark Cup Playoffs since Rob Madore made 60 saves in a 2008 playoff contest for the Chicago Steel and the third highest game total in the USHL Tier 1 era (2002-present).
It was the longest playoff game in the USHL since the Green Bay Gamblers and Fargo Force played a triple overtime contest during the 2010 Clark Cup Final series. The series now shifts to Indiana for Game Three on Friday and Game Four on Saturday.
VIDEO - Joe Sullivan, Indiana Ice forward
VIDEO - Josh Jacobs, Indiana Ice defenseman
VIDEO - Jeff Brown, Indiana Ice head coach
VIDEO - P.K. O'Handley, Waterloo Black Hawks head coach
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