WATERLOO, Iowa | Waterloo came back from a two-goal deficit to hand Sioux City a disappointing 4-3 loss in a United States Hockey League game played at Young Arena Tuesday evening.
The Black Hawks trailed 3-1 after Micah Miller scored his second goal of the game at 7:17 of the second period, but Sioux City would not score again while the hosts got three goals to pull out the win.
Waterloo, the current leader in the Western Conference with a three-point lead over Fargo, scored just 22 seconds into the contest when Matej Blümel got his eighth goal of the season.
Sioux City wasted little time matching the early Black Hawk score when Micah Miller intercepted a clearing attempt by Waterloo and blasted it on a one-timer past goalie Jared Moe. The early goals were the only scoring in the opening frame.
Sioux City got the lead 5:11 into the second period when Martin Posipisil sent a pass in front of the goal that found defenseman Calle Ehrnberg who buried the shot into the net for his first score of the season.
Miller got his second of the game on a breakaway off another Waterloo turnover and beat Moe with a forehander. It was Miller's 22nd goal of the season and put Sioux City up 3-1.
Waterloo couldn't converted the game's initial power play opportunity with Sioux City's Parker Ford off for high sticking, but Evan Dougherty reached the back of the net on a rebound shot 22 seconds after the advantage ended at 11:21 of the middle period to pull the Black Hawks within 3-2 entering the second intermission.
The Black Hawks didn't miss the next time they went on the power play and on even terms when Ben Copeland scored his 16th goal of the season to tie things at 3-3 with 14:26 left in regulation.
Sioux City missed scoring on a full two-minute 5-on-3 power play situation when both Doughery and Hank Sorensen were called for minor penalties at 9:28 of the third period. Sampo Ranta had a shot deflect off the post during the power play and Waterloo keeper Moe made a save to end the advantage.
Sioux City goalie Matt Jurusik stopped 38 shots in the game.
The loss hurts Sioux City in its push for sixth place and the final playoff spot the the USHL's Western Conference. Tri-City continues to hold a seven-point lead over the Musketeers and could push that lead even further when it hosts Omaha Wednesday.
The win was the sixth regular season win of the season for Waterloo over Sioux City, the first time that has happened since the 1980-81 season.
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