WATERLOO, Iowa | Waterloo broke through for a pair of goals in the opening moments of the third period and went on to defeat Sioux City 2-1 in a United States Hockey League contest played at Young Arena Tuesday evening.
Sioux City got the lead early on a goal by Sampo Ranta just past five minutes into the opening period when he blasted a slap shot into the net from the point while the Muskies were on their first power play of the game. But the Musketeers couldn't find the back of the net after that and Waterloo used an early surge in the third period to get the win.
Sioux City killed off four power plays through the first two periods and held a 1-0 lead entering the final 20 minutes, but Waterloo was able to score both its goals off even-man situations.
The Black Hawks' Jackson Cates, who currently ranks second in the USHL in goals scored, got his 28th of the season 27 seconds into the third period to break through for the Black Hawks. Things turned even worse for Sioux City less than three minutes later when Bobby Trivigno scored his 10th of the season to put Waterloo up 2-1.
Sioux City was playing without its leader in points and assists entering the game, Martin Pospisil, who was serving a one-game suspension. Pospisil has 28 points on seven goals and 21 assists.
Matt Jurusik stopped 33 shots in net for the Musketeers and helped kill off all five of Waterloo's power plays.
Sioux City, now 20-18-6, returns to the Tyson Events' Center Saturday for a rematch with the Black Hawks Saturday before hosting a Sunday matinee game against Tri-City.