Postgame Recap: Another Special St. Patrick’s Day

The Waterloo Black Hawks used three second period goals to top the Madison Capitols, 4-2 at Alliant Energy Center Friday, yielding P.K. O’Handley’s 500th regular season win as head coach of the team.

Exactly one year earlier, O’Handley had become the first United States Hockey League coach to win 600 regular season games, counting his 140 wins from his seven seasons with the North Iowa Huskies. Long before this most recent milestone, O’Handley – who has led the Hawks since 2002/03 – had more wins than all other junior-era Waterloo coaches combined.

With more shots on goal in the first period than during the entire game the last time the Hawks had visited Madison, everything was right at the first intermission except the score. Daniel Lebedeff made 20 saves in the frame, and Billy Jerry scored a power play goal with 1:19 remaining in the period to make the score 1-0 in favor of the Capitols at the end of the first.

The Hawks sprung to the lead in the second. Alex Limoges tied the game at 10:36, setup in the slot on a pass from Ben Copeland which had originated behind the Capitols goal. On a power play just over a minute later, the puck came to Limoges at the top of the crease; stickhandling Lebedeff down, the Hawks forward flipped in his second goal.

Shane Bowers added another on a subsequent power play at 16:34, redirecting Grant Gabriele’s shot from the right point.

In the third, the Caps got back within one at 9:36 when Andong Song’s shot was deflected through traffic by Vincent De Mey at 9:36. However, just over seven minutes later, Copeland sealed the win, stuffing in the rebound of Bowers’ wraparound try.

The Hawks return to Young Arena Saturday to meet the Chicago Steel at 7:05 p.m. Waterloo will wear Habitat for Humanity-themed jerseys which will be auctioned after the game to benefit that organization. For tickets, call the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 433-8702 or visit waterlooblackhawks.com.

For more photos from the Black Hawks’ 2016/17 season, visit Stephanie Lyn Photography.

Waterloo 0 3 1 – 4
Madison 1 0 1 – 2

1st Period-1, Madison, Jerry 11 (Messner, Egle), 18:41 (PP). Penalties-Spaxman Wat (slashing), 18:00.

2nd Period-2, Waterloo, Limoges 19 (Copeland), 10:36. 3, Waterloo, Limoges 20 (Gabriele), 11:42 (PP). 4, Waterloo, Bowers 20 (Gabriele), 16:34 (PP). Penalties-Weber Mad (head contact), 11:25; Hults Mad (interference), 15:03.

3rd Period-5, Madison, de Mey 9 (Fadyeyev, Song), 9:36. 6, Waterloo, Copeland 5 (Bowers, Limoges), 16:42. Penalties-No Penalties

Shots on Goal-Waterloo 20-11-14-45. Madison 12-10-8-30.
Power Play Opportunities-Waterloo 2 / 2; Madison 1 / 1.
Goalies-Waterloo, Thome 18-6-1-1 (30 shots-28 saves). Madison, Lebedeff 4-14-1-0 (45 shots-41 saves).
A-1,787
Referees-Stan Szczurek (23).
Linesmen-Bill Hancock (91), Dan Barreca (47).

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