Helps Hawks to Two Victories
Timely scoring from Nick Swaney helped the Waterloo Black Hawks to wins on Friday and Saturday; Monday, the United States Hockey League saluted Swaney’s performance by naming him the CCM Forward of the Week.
During the first period of Friday’s game against the Fargo Force, Swaney recorded a pair of goals separated by just 3:30. The offensive outburst allowed Waterloo to take a 3-1 lead before ultimately winning the contest, 4-3. Saturday, the Hawks and Force met for a rematch. After assisting on a first period tally by David Cotton with less than one second remaining before intermission, Swaney scored a third period game-tying goal, which forced overtime. During the extra period, the 18-year-old engineered Michael Davies’ decisive score, which made the final 3-2. Over the two nights, he was also a team-best +4.
The flurry of scoring has moved Swaney into the top spot on the Black Hawks stat sheet, with 21 points in 2015/16. His 14 goals are also a team-best and tie for third overall in the league. Including appearances as an affiliate player during the past two winters, Swaney has now accumulated 24 goals and 35 total points in just 41 USHL appearances. Among players currently on the Waterloo roster, only Liam Pecararo has more career goals (32) as a Black Hawk.
Monday’s announcement represents the third time this season that a Black Hawk player has earned a weekly USHL award. Swaney is the first forward honored. In early November, Ben Newhouse was tabbed CCM Defenseman of the Week. Seven days later, Cale Morris was recognized in the goaltending category.