For the tenth consecutive New Year’s Eve, the Waterloo Black Hawks successfully defended home ice, with a 3-1 Thursday win at Young Arena against the Des Moines Buccaneers.

Coincidentally, the last time Waterloo lost on New Year's eve was in 2010, at the hands of the Buccaneers. Flash forward, a decade later, as the Black Hawks took the lead early with an early goal by Michael LaStara, putting them ahead for good and never looked back.

Just 47 seconds into the game, Wyatt Schingoethe cut hard to the net through the circle, and at the last moment dropped a pass to LaStarza, and he stuck it in the top corner of the net. Also in the 1st period, Schingoethe slung a pass to Ryan O’Hara in the right circle and his shot was tipped in from near the top of the crease by Ethan Szmagaj.

The score remained 2-0 into the 3rd period, when the Buccaneer's Tanner Latsch broke up Charlie Glockner’s shutout bid. Before Des Moines could lift goalie Remington Koepple for an extra attacker, David Gucciardi beat him to put the home team back up by two. Glockner made 23 saves to improve his record to 4-4-0.

Waterloo has played at home every New Year’s Eve since 1998, going 19-4-0 in that time, and a mark of 18-1-0 under Head Coach P.K. O’Handley.

The Black Hawks are now off until next Thursday when they visit the Fargo Force. They are back in Young Arena on Tuesday, January 19 vs the Omaha Lancers. Keep up to date with the Black Hawks all season long on our station app, by clicking on CV Sports.

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