Waterloo goaltender Stephon Williams racked 29 saves tonight to spearhead a 6-2 win over Lincoln that gave the Black Hawks the Western Conference finals in four games -- the series was best-of-5 -- and deliver them into the U.S. Hockey League's Clark Cup Finals.
Williams didn't surrender a goal until the third period -- that, combined with his 5-0 win in Game 3, gave him a shutout streak to 98 minutes, 15 seconds. He's 8-2 in the playoffs, with a 2.21 goals-against average and .925 save percentage. Williams is headed to Minnesota State-Mankato in the fall.
Waterloo will face Green Bay in the Finals -- the Gamblers swept the Indiana Ice in three games.
For Lincoln players Matt Friese of Wasilla (UAF-bound) and Jared Hanson (Colorado College-bound), this was the end of the line. The Stars also featured defenseman Dax Lauwers of Anchorage.