First Waterloo Player to Win USHL Award This Season
After helping the Black Hawks to wins on the road Thursday and Friday, the United States Hockey League recognized Ben Newhouse as its CCM Defenseman of the Week on Monday.
With the Hawks trailing the Tri-City Storm 2-0 on Thursday, Newhouse sparked a Waterloo rally with an assist on Cameron Orchard’s early second period goal. Waterloo came out on top 3-2 in overtime. In a rematch on Friday, Newhouse was on the ice for all four Black Hawks’ goals in a 4-1 victory, and claimed a pair of assists in the process. All totaled, the Edina, Minnesota, native had three assists and a +6 plus/minus differential during Waterloo’s trip to Nebraska.
With a goal and four assists through the Hawks’ first ten games, Newhouse ranks as the team’s top scoring defenseman. He also leads the team in the plus/minus metric, with a cumulative +10 mark. Only one other skater in the entire USHL (Cameron Morrison, Youngstown Phantoms) currently has a double-digit positive plus/minus count. This is Newhouse’s first full season with the Black Hawks; the Union College recruit had previously appeared in 13 Waterloo games as an affiliate over the last two winters.
Newhouse is the first Black Hawk to claim one of the league’s weekly awards this season. In 2014/15, a Waterloo player won or shared a USHL Player of the Week title on nine occasions.