Double Overtime Thriller in Young Arena
The Waterloo Black Hawks and the Indiana Ice battled for nearly 87 minutes before a Game 2 winner was determined. When it was all said and done, the United States Hockey League’s 2014 Championship Series ended up as a tie.
Indiana’s Joseph Sullivan scored 6:49 into the second overtime to give the Ice a 3-2 victory over the Waterloo Black Hawks in Game 2 of the Clark Cup Championship Series at Young Arena. The ‘best-of-5′ series is now tied at one game a piece.
The series continues at Pan Am Arena in Indianapolis Friday, May 16; Game 3 will begin at 6:05 p.m. Central Time. Game 4 at Indiana will begin at the same time on Saturday.
Sullivan’s wraparound goal, coming from goalie Cal Petersen’s right side, was scored seconds after an Indiana power play had ended. During 87 minutes of action, Petersen made 59 saves, as the Ice outshot the Hawks 62-34.
The first period was busy for the Hawks’ goaltender, who made 14 stops. The best of those came 2:07 into the action on a shot from Scott Conway, a quick chance set up from below the goal line by Brian Pinho. However, the Ice did score the lone goal of the period during a power play at 9:15 on Joshua Jacobs’ full slap shot from the high slot.
In the second, Indiana out shot the Hawks again, 15-8, and it took another terrific glove save by Petersen early in the frame to keep Waterloo within one as he snared Jacob Pritchard’s chance during a power play at 3:03.
It was the Hawks who converted a special teams opportunity later in the frame at 12:37. Moving up the rink in transition, Drew Melanson’s cross-ice pass found Tyler Sheehy in stride, and Sheehy snapped a shot to the short side top corner over the glove of Jason Pawloski.
A scoring sequence early in the third period put the Black Hawks ahead briefly. While shorthanded, Jake Horton came up ice and fired a shot that was deflected by John Wiitala past Pawloski at :39. However, during the same power play, Indiana answered nearly a minute later when Mitch Hults batted a waist-high puck past Petersen. Neither team could dent the net again during the duration of the scheduled time or in the first extra period.