A recap of USHL playoff action in the Western Conference Final.
Waterloo Black Hawks 5 @ Sioux City Musketeers 1
(Waterloo wins series 3-1)
Five different players scored a goal and Cal Petersen made 37 saves to lead Waterloo to a victory in Game Four against Sioux City and a series win in the Western Conference Final. Following a scoreless first period and 15 more minutes into the second without a goal, Drew Melanson would put one on the board as he netted his third of the series for the Black Hawks. Just 44 seconds later, the score became 2-0 as Peter Krieger tallied his second of the postseason. Petersen made 17 of his 37 saves in the second period. Less than seven minutes into the third period, Brandon Hawkins gave Sioux City some life with his fourth goal of the postseason, but just a few moments later, Blake Winiecki responded for Waterloo with his fifth goal of the playoffs. The Black Hawks then put it away late in regulation as Tyler Sheehy tallied his fifth playoff goal and Zach Sanford netted his second of the postseason only 21 seconds later. It was the sixth win of the 2014 playoffs for Petersen. Sioux City goaltender Collin Olson made 34 saves in the loss.
Waterloo now advances to the Clark Cup Final for the second time in three seasons. They will meet the Indiana Ice in a best-of-five series that begins on Friday in Waterloo.
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