A big second period helped lift the Waterloo Black Hawks over the Madison Capitols, 4-2. The Black Hawks return home for a big game looking to make up some ground in the battle for the Anderson Cup.

Black Hawks head coach PK O'Handley picked up his 500th regular season win as Head Coach of the Black Hawks

Entering Friday night, the Waterloo Black Hawks sat second in the United States Hockey League's Western Conference trailing the Sioux City Musketeers by three points. The Musketeers also led the way in the Anderson Cup Standings awarded to the team with the best regular season record. Eastern Conference leading Chicago Steel sat second in the race for the best record.

All three teams took wins on Friday night. Sioux City scored two goals in the first to beat Team USA, 2-1. Chicago had to go to overtime to defeat the Sioux Falls Stampede, 4-3.

Tonight (March 18), the Chicago Steel (34-12-2-3, 73 games, 51 games) comes to Waterloo (34-14-2-2, 72 points, 52 games) for an important battle for the Anderson Cup. The Black Hawks will wear special jerseys to honor Heartland Habitat for Humanity (read more). For tickets, call the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 433-8702 or visit waterlooblackhawks.com.

On Friday, The Hawks sprung to the lead in the second. Alex Limoges tied the game at 10:36, setup in the slot on a pass from Ben Copeland which had originated behind the Capitols goal. On a power play just over a minute later, the puck came to Limoges at the top of the crease; stickhandling Lebedeff down, the Hawks forward flipped in his second goal.

Shane Bowers added another on a subsequent power play at 16:34, redirecting Grant Gabriele’s shot from the right point.

In the third, the Caps got back within one at 9:36 when Andong Song’s shot was deflected through traffic by Vincent De Mey at 9:36. However, just over seven minutes later, Copeland sealed the win, stuffing in the rebound of Bowers’ wraparound try.

Game Recap Provided By Waterloo Black Hawks' Tim Harwood.