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Waterloo hosts the Dubuque Fighting Saints on Friday and the Sioux Falls Stampede on Saturday. Those two clubs faced each other in Dubuque last weekend. Both matchups went to overtime, with Dubuque claiming the opener, 3-2, before Sioux Falls rallied in the rematch, 4-3. The Fighting Saints and Stampede have also each played a two-game series against the Black Hawks in recent weeks. Dubuque scored a couple of overtime wins during a home-and-home Friday-Saturday against Waterloo on February 19th and 20th. Prior to that, the Hawks had earned 5-2 and 4-1 wins against Sioux Falls on consecutive nights January 29th and 30th.
Extending a Streak
With a 4-0 win against the Omaha Lancers last Saturday, the Black Hawks have earned at least one standings point in seven consecutive games. The run has now vaulted Waterloo to third place in the United States Hockey League Western Conference and equals another seven-game streak initiated in late October and carried into November. If the Hawks are able to win or force overtime against the Fighting Saints on Saturday, the streak would be the longest since Waterloo earned a point in 23 consecutive games from November 23, 2013 through February 8, 2014, en route to winning the Anderson Cup that winter. The Hawks’ current streak includes a pair of overtime tilts against the Fighting Saints in mid-February.
Claiming a Shutout
Cale Morris made 20 saves Saturday for his first shutout of the season. He now owns five during his Waterloo Black Hawks career, tying with Drew O’Connell, C.J. Motte, and Cal Petersen for second in the Hawks’ junior-era record book, just one behind leader Kevin Regan. Saturday’s shutout was the second clean sheet which the Hawks have posted against an opponent in 2015/16. The prior instance was a 6-0 victory against the Des Moines Buccaneers on November 20th, during which Drew Hotte made 30 saves.
Half at Home
The Hawks enter the weekend with a 14-6-3 home record. With one more win at Young Arena, Waterloo would equal last season’s home win total; the club was 15-11-4 on the banks of the Cedar in 2014/15. A 15th victory would also guarantee that the Hawks claim half of the games on their home schedule. During P.K. O’Handley’s first 13 seasons as Waterloo head coach, the Hawks have won 15 or more home games 12 times.
Waterloo was 100% focused on the Omaha Lancers last weekend, and that focus yielded a 4-0 shutout victory Saturday. After a scoreless first period, the Hawks recorded a pair of goals during both the second and third periods. Forwards Liam Pecararo and Garrett Wait each finished the game with two points.
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