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Recap: Storm drop final game of weekend to Black Hawks

By Kendall Grayson, 03/14/21, 3:45PM PDT


Kyler Kovich & Ben Schoen score in Storm loss

Waterloo, IA. – The Tri-City Storm dropped a 5-2 decision to the Waterloo Black Hawks on Sunday at Young Arena after posting back-to-back road victories over the Omaha Lancers and Sioux City Musketeers to begin the weekend. Kyler Kovich and Ben Schoen scored the Storm’s goals in the road loss. Tri-City dropped to 22-13-2-1 overall and 2-2-1-0 in head-to-head matchups against Waterloo this season. The Storm return to action on Thursday in the first game of a three-game homestand this week at the Viaero Center. Thursday’s game will be the sixth and final meeting of the season between the Storm and the Black Hawks. Tickets for upcoming home games may be purchased by calling the Viaero Center Box Office at 308-338-8144 or by visiting


Max Sasson gave the Black Hawks a 1-0 lead on the first shot of the game just thirty-six seconds into Sunday’s 1st period. Ethan Szmagaj recorded the lone assist on Waterloo’s scoring play. Sasson’s goal was his eleventh of the season. At 10:43 of the 1st period, Kyler Kovich notched his third goal of the year to tie the game at 1-1. Mark Estapa and Nicholas Donato each recorded assists on the play. Estapa’s assist was his eighteenth of the season. Donato’s assist was his sixth of the year. Waterloo outshot Tri-City 11-8 in the 1st period and the game entered the 2nd period in a 1-1 tie.


Alex Gaffney scored his twelfth goal of the year one minute into the 2nd period to give Waterloo a 2-1 lead in the game. Gaffney’s goal was assisted by Wyatt Schingoethe and Nic Belpedio. Thirty seconds later, at 1:30 of the 2nd period, Ryan O’Hara scored his tenth goal of the year to give the Black Hawks a 3-1 lead. The goal was assisted by Mason Reiners. With five minutes remaining in Sunday’s 2nd period, Waterloo’s Max Sasson scored a shorthanded goal to give Waterloo a 4-1 lead in the game. Sasson’s goal was his second goal of the game and twelfth goal of the year. The shorthanded goal was assisted by Dane Montgomery. Tri-City outshot Waterloo 13-8 in the 2nd period and trailed by four goals entering the 3rd period.


Michael LaStarza scored his ninth goal of the season at 4:59 of the 3rd period to give Waterloo a 5-1 lead in the game. LaStarza’s goal was scored on the power-play and was assisted by Ethan Szmagaj and Owen Ozar. Ben Schoen scored the final goal of the game at 10:30 of the 3rd period to bring the Storm’s deficit to three goals. Schoen’s goal was his fourteenth of the season and was assisted by Hunter Strand. Strand recorded his team-leading twenty-first assist of the season on the play. Shots on goal were 9-9 in the 3rd period and Tri-City outshot the Black Hawks 30-28 in the game.


Todd Scott made twenty-three saves on twenty-eight shots in net for the Storm in the road loss. Emmett Croteau made twenty-eight saves on thirty shots to pick up the win in goal for the Black Hawks.


Tri-City returns to action on Thursday, March 18th in a home game against the Waterloo Black Hawks. For the latest information regarding the Tri-City Storm, including tickets to the next home game, visit