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Black Hawks beat Sioux Falls and clinch playoff berth


On a night filled with offensive highlights, Waterloo Black Hawks goaltender Stephon Williams may have had the best evening, blanking his former team, the Sioux Falls Stampede, 7-0 at Young Arena Friday.

Williams made 23 saves and improved his record to 5-5-2 since being traded to Waterloo in early February.  The shutout was just the second by the Black Hawks this season, icing another huge scoring performance.  Friday was the fourth consecutive game Waterloo has scored at least six goals.  The win coupled with a Des Moines Buccaneers loss allowed the Black Hawks
to formally clinch a USHL playoff spot.

A power play goal set the Hawks off on the right foot at 12:39 of the first period. Alex Barron's point shot was knocked down but lay loose at the top of the crease for Tony Cameranesi to find a flip under the crossbar.  Another chance from just outside the blue paint allowed the Hawks to add to the lead 1:19 before intermission.  Mark Naclerio found Taylor Cammarata there; he stickhandled goalie Charlie Lindgren to the ice before laying in a backhander.

Since two goals served them so well in the opening period, Waterloo decided to add two more in the second.  The Hawks cashed in on another power play at 3:35 when Cammarata hit Barron, circle to circle, with a cross-ice pass for a sharp angled-goal.  Less than five minutes later, it was Cammarata finding the net for the second time in the game when a loose puck at the front of the net eluded the Stampede defense, creating a tap-in goal.

Mitch Witek scored for the first time in his USHL career during a third period advantage at 11:58.  Back on the power play less than two minutes later, Vince Hinstroza rattled in a shot off the pipe.  For the night, Waterloo was four-for-six during their special teams opportunities.  Scott MacDonald scored the final goal, streaking to the front of the net to take a feed from Mark Naclerio.  Cammarata also had an assist on the play, his fifth point of the game.

The Black Hawks conclude the weekend on the road, visiting the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders Saturday and the Chicago Steel on Sunday.  The games begin at 7:15 and 3:05 respectively.

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