Metcalf Comes to Hawks from Capitols
Goaltender Garrett Metcalf will join the Hawks a little sooner than he had expected.
The University of Massachusetts-Lowell RiverHawks recruit and Anaheim Ducks draft pick was acquired by the Waterloo Black Hawks from the Madison Capitols on Monday, in exchange for netminder Drew Hotte.
In his second United States Hockey League season, Metcalf is 10-13-2 with a 3.19 goals-against average and 90.7% save percentage. His most recent appearance was a 42-save effort against the Black Hawks on Saturday in the Capitol’s 5-2 decision. It was the second time this season that Metcalf has made more than 40 stops in a game against Waterloo.
“I’ve seen him play well. I think he fits our scheme,” said Black Hawks Head Coach and General Manager P.K. O’Handley. “It’s a real opportunity for there to be a real competitive battle in our crease.”
In his rookie season, the Salt Lake City, Utah, native was 10-12-4 for the expansion Capitols, including a 35-save shutout against the eventual Anderson Cup champion Youngstown Phantoms last January 16th. Metcalf’s second USHL shutout came one month ago and included 31 stops against the Sioux City Musketeers.
Over the summer, the Anaheim Ducks selected Metcalf during the sixth round of the NHL Draft with the 179th overall pick. At the time, Anaheim’s Director of Scouting Martin Madden noted Metcalf’s potential, saying “we had a number of guys targeted, but he was the one we felt most comfortable with. We think he’s going to be able to grow…under good coaching.”
To complete the trade, Waterloo dealt netminder Drew Hotte to Madison. Hotte joined the Black Hawks in November, earning an 8-8-0 record, with an 88.9% save percentage and 3.12 goals-against average in the three months since arriving in the Cedar Valley.
In the midst of a frantic Western Conference playoff race, the Black Hawks play three games in three days this weekend, beginning on the road Friday against the Eastern Conference-leading Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. Returning home Saturday, Waterloo faces the Lincoln Stars – the top team in the Western Conference – then closes the busy stretch Sunday against the Sioux City Musketeers. Tickets for both weekend home games and all 2015/16 matchups are available from the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office and online from waterlooblackhawks.com.