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Hawks, Bulls, Rangers Grab Wins

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
John Lee (Courtesy Waterloo Winter Hawks)
To the victors go the spoils.

That’s how it goes for the Waterloo Black Hawks anyways as their 5-2 victory last night over Cedar Rapids gave them a three-game sweep of their first round USHL series.

And with the sweep, the Black Hawks will get some rest as their Clark Cup Semifinal series won’t start until sometime next week.

Cedar Rapids actually jumped on the board first, just 1:45 into the game as they converted on a power play opportunity. But Waterloo scored twice to take the 2-1 lead heading into the second period.

After Cedar Rapids tied the score at two with a shorthanded goal six seconds into the second, Waterloo scored three unanswered to pull away from the Rough Riders. The game-winner came at 9:53 of the second as John Lee was credited with the second assist. Jan-Mikael Juutilainen and Billy Maday scored in the third period at the 7:50 and 12:52 marks respectively to round out the scoring.

Lee finished the game with the assist and was a +3.

Waterloo will face the winner of the (1) Indiana Inferno- (4) Chicago Steel series. Chicago leads the series 2-1.

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The OHL Conference Finals opened up for both the Kitchener Rangers and Belleville Bulls Wednesday night as the Rangers faced the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and the Bulls took on the Oshawa Generals.

It was a successful first game for both the Rangers and Bulls as the Rangers won 3-1 while the Bulls eeked out a 3-2 victory.

In Kitchener, the Rangers netted the first two goals of the game just 2:35 apart as Justin Azevedo scored his fifth of the post season at 4:35 into the first period and Mikkel Boedker scored at 7:10 for his sixth.

The Greyhounds cut the lead in half with their first of the game 2:38 into the second period, but couldn’t muster anything else as Josh Unice stopped the other 35 shots he faced. The Rangers added the insurance goal 12:34 into the third as Nick Spaling scored his sixth of the playoffs.

Mike Duco finished a -1 on the night.

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In Belleville, the top-seeded Bulls had a tougher time against a pesky Generals squad.

The Bulls outshot the Generals 48-29 but Daryl Borden stopped 45 shots to keep the Generals in the game.

The Bulls broke the goose egg on the scoreboard just as the game started, well almost, as Adam Perry scored just 28 seconds after the initial puck drop. But the lead was short lived as the Generals Brett Parnham tied it 1:14 later. Belleville took a 2-1 advantage into the second period as Cory Tanaka recorded a shorthanded tally at the 8:48 mark.

Perry recorded his second of the game and third of the playoffs in what turned out to be the game-winner 12:39 into the second period as the Bulls were on the power play. Brett MacLean rounded out the scoring with his fifth of the playoffs with 2:22 left in the second.

From there, Mike Murphy shut the door on any Generals come back attempt, stopping all 10 shots in the final period of play.

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