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Ending and Beginning
The final hours of 2015 and the early days of 2016 will each include Waterloo Black Hawks hockey. The Hawks return from the holiday break for a road game against the Lincoln Stars on Tuesday, December 29th. The only previous matchup between the teams this season was a thrilling 3-2 Waterloo win at Young Arena on November 14th. After a day to recover, the Hawks are on home ice Thursday evening for a New Year’s Eve Dupaco Cowbell Cup contest against the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. Cedar Rapids claimed back-to-back wins against the Hawks during Thanksgiving week. Opening 2016 and completing their busy five-day span, Waterloo visits the Fargo Force on Saturday. The Force, RoughRiders, and Stars together represent the opposition Waterloo has faced during one quarter of the games already played this season.
Back with Bronze
Liam Pecararo contributed to the U.S. Junior Select Team’s third place finish at the World Junior A Challenge in Ontario last week. Over five games during the event, Pecararo had five points, including a goal and an assist during Team USA’s 7-1 bronze medal win against Canada East. The 19-year-old was out of the Hawks’ lineup for four USHL games while participating in the competition. In just 11 appearances for Waterloo this season, Pecararo has 14 points, which currently ranks sixth on the squad.
What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?
The Black Hawks have taken the ice at Young Arena on New Year’s Eve every winter since 1998, earning a 13-4-0 record in those contests. Last season, Waterloo claimed a 5-0 New Years Eve win against the Lincoln Stars. The Hawks last met the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders for a December 31st game in 2011, claiming a 5-3 victory led by Tony Cameranesi’s two goals. Waterloo also hosted and topped the RoughRiders on New Year’s Eve in 2007 (4-1) and 2006 (3-2). This season’s New Year’s Eve tilt begins at 6:-5 p.m.
Robert’s Rules of Order
Defenseman Alex Robert recorded his first point as a Black Hawk during Waterloo’s win on New Year’s Eve last season. He completed the 2014/15 campaign with three points and – including his rookie season in 2013/14 with the Green Bay Gamblers – had a total of six during his United States Hockey League career. In just 24 games this season, Robert has already surpassed that total. The 20-year-old has two goals and five assists.
Waterloo fell to the Youngstown Phantoms, 5-4, last Friday despite two goals and an assist from Niko Hildenbrand. However Saturday, the Hawks rebounded to win a rematch, 4-3 in a shootout. Ronnie Hein and Michael Davies each recorded goals during both regulation and the shootout.
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Ring in the New Year with a Dupaco Cowbell Cup matchup against the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders on December 31st at 6:05. Tickets are on sale now from waterlooblackhawks.com.