It was an exciting, tight checking game between the two and three seeds in the Western Conference. The Waterloo Black Hawks picked up a 2-1 road win at the Ice Box over the Lincoln Stars to take a 1-0 series lead.
Waterloo jumped out to a 2-0 lead midway through the second period thanks to tallies from Mikey Anderson and Sam McCormick. Lincoln’s Colin Peters scored for the Stars to cut the lead to 2-1 in the third period, but Waterloo hung on to take the opening game of the series. Despite both teams getting into penalty trouble early, Waterloo was able to kill seven of Lincoln’s eight opportunities on the night. Special teams was the decided factor, as all three goals combined were scored while on the power play.
Cale Morris stopped 23 of 24 shots in the win, picking up second star honors. The Black Hawks will look to take a 2-0 series lead on Saturday and go back to Waterloo with a chance to move onto the Western Conference Final at home.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 14th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2015-16. A record 37 players were chosen in the 2015 NHL Draft and more than 375 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.
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