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Nothing But the Best
The Black Hawks host the United States Hockey League’s best team – the Youngstown Phantoms – for two games this weekend. The Friday and Saturday contests are the lone games between the two teams during the 2014/15 season. “Waterloo versus Youngstown” is one of only six matchups which has not occurred in the USHL at some point this season. Both teams enter this weekend on winning streaks; the Phantom’s skein currently stands at a USHL season-best 14 games. The Hawks own the next longest active winning streak at four. Youngstown is the only club so far this season to have recorded 200 goals.
Strong Down the Stretch
Only one USHL team has been better than the Youngstown Phantoms and Waterloo Black Hawks in the last couple of months. During games played since January 15th, the Phantoms, Hawks, and Tri-City Storm are the only clubs to have earned more than 30 standings points. Tri-City’s 34 points just slightly outdistance Youngstown (32) and Waterloo (31).
Since being acquired from the Youngstown Phantoms, Bryan Lemos has been consistently finding his name in the box score for the Hawks. The Providence recruit provided the game-winning goal, plus an assist Tuesday during a 4-1 victory against the Green Bay Gamblers. Lemos now has a goal and three assists in his last three appearances. He is +4 during five games since the trade. In 46 games for the Phantoms to begin the season, Lemos recorded a dozen goals and 18 assists.
St. Patrick’s Day Triumph
The luck of the Irish remained with P.K. O’Handley’s Waterloo Black Hawks on Tuesday. The 4-1 St. Patrick’s Day victory in Green Bay maintains O’Handley’s perfect record on the most-Irish of holidays since he joined the franchise. Waterloo has won all six St. Patty’s day contests during O’Handley’s tenure, and only once by a margin smaller than three goals.
The Black Hawks have boosted their record back to .500 and taken sole possession of sixth place in the USHL Western Conference. Recent success includes a 4-2 victory over the Dubuque Fighting Saints last Friday, led by a goal and assist apiece by Henrik Rommel and Brock Boeser. Sunday, Waterloo shutout the Sioux Falls Stampede, 3-0, with 27 saves from goaltender Cale Morris. The weekend extended into Tuesday when the Hawks went on the road for a 4-1 victory against the Green Bay Gamblers. In addition to two points for Bryan Lemos, Blake Hillman also tallied a pair of assists.
Join the Black Hawks for UAW Weekend! UAW members and their families will receive $8 tickets on Friday and Saturday when Waterloo hosts the Youngstown Phantoms.
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