Three power-play goals and a fourth short-handed was more than enough for Waterloo to overwhelm the Omaha Lancers 5-2 Friday night in front of 3,088 at Ralston Arena.
The Black Hawks (10-1), who extended their winning streak to eight, started the scoring with a power-play conversion 15:25 into the opening period.
A shot by Mitch DeMario from the right point was deflected, and Kevin Duane put in the rebound for his fourth goal of the season.
Midway through the second, Waterloo doubled its lead. Pijus Rulevicius got off a side angle shot from the left wing with just less than nine minutes remaining in the period.
Alex Rauter cut Omaha’s deficit to 2-1 with his third goal of the season. Then a pair of power-play goals late in the second gave Waterloo a 4-1 cushion.
The Lancers (4-8) were attempting to stave off a 5-on-3 Waterloo advantage that was generated by 24 minutes in penalties and a game ejection of Lancer coach Mike Aikens. Newell’s power-play goal was the USHL-leading 15th man-advantage goal of the season for the Black Hawks.
Luca Frigo scored his first USHL goal for Omaha at 3:49 of the third period, but less than two minutes later Jake Horton scored his fourth goal on a short-handed chance.