Eamon McAdam and the Waterloo Black Hawks made a third-period lead stand up despite a tenacious comeback effort from the Omsk Hawks for a 7-3 victory Thursday at the 2012 Junior Club World Cup in Russia.
Entering the final period, Waterloo led 4-1 when McAdam turned aside a penalty shot at 1:33 by Ivan Fishchenko. Omsk cut the deficit via the power play at 13:04 on a goal from Evgeny Mozer, who flipped in a rebound. Mozer then struck again just over a minute later, burying a cross-ice feed on a rush up ice.
But McAdam made the save of the game, flashing his glove to snag a hard, low blast with three minutes to play.
After another minute and following a timeout, Omsk pulled goaltender Oleg Shilin, and Waterloo scored after the ensuing faceoff with Ryan Papa putting in a second chance at 18:18 after Vince Hinostroza had hit a post. The Black Hawks added two more in the closing minute, from Justin Kloos on a penalty shot and Jake Horton during a man advantage.
Kyle Schmidt broke a scoreless deadlock with the only goal of the first period. At 15:06, he found the rebound from a Matias Cleland shot, skated across the crease and flipped the puck into the net.
Waterloo built its lead in the middle period, starting with an early power play. Zach Stepan batted a puck out of midair and across the crease to Papa, who stuffed it in at 3:03. Omsk struck for its first of the game when Dmitry Kuzmenko sent a rocket into the net at 11:37.
However, the visitors pulled back ahead by a pair just over a minute later, when Stepan crashed the net to flip in a rebound after an Omsk defender had collided with Shilin. It became a three-goal margin at 19:01, when Taylor Cammarata stepped out of the box to poke the puck free. Kloos found it and sent a wrist shot to the top shelf over Shilin's glove.
Earlier in the day, a 1-0 victory by Dynamo Shinnik of Belarus against Norway's National Junior Team made Dynamo the first team to advance from the Omsk Arena Pool into Saturday's semifinals. That decision ensured that only the winner of the evening matchup would have the opportunity to also move on.
The Black Hawks will play again on Saturday against Linkopings of Sweden, winner of the Blinov Sports Complex Pool.