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Hawks Advance To Clark Cup Finals

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
John Lee (Courtesy Waterloo Winter Hawks)
Make that six in a row for the Waterloo Black Hawks.

Their 3-2 overtime victory over the Chicago Steel gave them their second straight series sweep of the playoffs and a date with either the Lincoln Stars or Omaha Lancers in the Clark Cup Finals. This is their second straight trip to the Finals and third in five years. It was Waterloo’s 13th straight victory as well dating back to of the regular season.

Waterloo jumped on the board first on Siim Liivik’s power play goal with 2:19 left in the first period. Panthers prospect John Lee helped set up the goal with his third assist of the playoffs. The Hawks then made it 2-0 when Paul Weisgarber scored 2:15 into the middle period.

But Chicago would not go down without a fight. Drew LeBlanc scored on the power play at 14:06 of the second period to bring the Steel to within one. LeBlanc then netted his second of the night 4:00 of the third to tie the game.

After of 16 minutes of lost opportunities for each team, they played and overtime. And 5:26 into the extra period, Waterloo found their hero. And with that some rest. Keegan Meuer scored just his second goal of the playoffs but it was the most important one because it gives the Hawks that chance at the League Championship.

Waterloo should be back in action towards the end of the week as Game 4 of the Omaha-Lincoln series is on Tuesday with Game 5 on Wednesday if necessary. Omaha leads the series 2-1.

Lee finished the game with the assist, -1, 2 shots, and six penalty minutes (a matching delay of game penalty at 12:03 of the first, interference at 8:13 of the second and another interference call at 13:23 of the second).

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If you’re interested, there’s a good article about Lee on WCF
Lee’s Impact Felt Beyond Stat Sheet
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