Clark Cup Final – Game One
Indiana Ice 2 @ Waterloo Black Hawks 4
(Waterloo leads series 1-0)
After falling behind 2-0, the Waterloo Black Hawks came back to win Game One in the 2014 Clark Cup Final best-of-five series. Indiana jumped on the scoreboard early in the contest when Scott Conway crashed the net and buried his third goal over his last four playoff games to give the Ice a 1-0 lead only 2:31 after the opening faceoff.
Early in the second period, the Ice would go up by two goals when defenseman Josh Jacobs ripped a shot from the blueline that hit the back of the net just over five minutes into the frame. It was his first USHL career playoff goal. Waterloo would answer just over a minute later when defenseman Hayden Shaw scored his second of the postseason to pull the Black Hawks within a goal. Less than four minutes later, Tyler Sheehy would tie the game with his League-leading sixth goal of the playoffs for Waterloo. Later in the period, Indiana appeared to take the lead back when Scott Conway jumped on a loose puck and put it in the net, but the goal was waved off as the referee had blown the play dead.
It would be up and down action throughout the night as both teams had quality chances to break the 2-2 tie. With just over six minutes to go in the third, Blake Winiecki grabbed a rebound and slipped it past Indiana goaltender Jason Pawloski for his sixth goal of the playoffs to give Waterloo the lead. The Ice would throw everything they could at Waterloo netminder Cal Petersen down the stretch and with 1:30 to play, Indiana pulled their goaltender in favor of the extra attacker. They held the puck in the Waterloo zone for nearly a minute, but the Hawks would break out and Jake Horton buried an empty netter with just 12 seconds to play to seal the victory for Waterloo.
Petersen made 32 saves to earn the win and improve his record to 7-1 in the playoffs for Waterloo. Pawloski had 31 saves in the loss for Indiana. With the victory, Waterloo remained unbeaten on home ice in the playoffs (5-0). It was the first road loss in the playoffs for Indiana (3-1).
The teams return to the rink in less than 24 hours for Game Two on Saturday night in Waterloo.
VIDEO - Blake Winiecki, Waterloo Black Hawks forward
VIDEO - Cal Petersen, Waterloo Black Hawks goaltender
VIDEO - P.K. O'Handley, Waterloo Black Hawks head coach
VIDEO - Jeff Brown, Indiana Ice head coach
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