Goalie Selects Michigan Tech
The latest addition to a parade of Waterloo Black Hawks making college commitments is goaltender Robbie Beydoun, who will attend Michigan Tech University next season.
The 20-year-old in his first season with Waterloo has made an exceptionally strong first impression. Twice named the United States Hockey League’s Goaltender of the Week, Beydoun is 5-3-1 with three shutouts during just 10 appearances. His 1.64 goals-against average (second) and 93.9% save percentage (third) stack up among the best marks in the USHL early this year. Beydoun’s play has helped P.K. O’Handley’s Hawks to second place in the league’s Western Conference.
“Robbie’s experience has helped him to quickly build a rapport with our defensemen,” O’Handley noted. “His ability and willingness to play the puck helps them, and the entire team has been lifted by what he has done early this year.”
Beydoun spent the past two seasons with the Hawks’ Western Conference rivals, the Fargo Force. One September 30th during his first appearance for Waterloo, the Michigan native backstopped his new team to a 2-0 shutout of his former club, adding an assist on the game-winning goal Prior to his time in Fargo, Beydoun was a netminder in the North American Hockey League for the Michigan Warriors.
Details of Beydoun’s decision make him the fifth member of the 2016/17 Black Hawks to choose a NCAA Division I school since the beginning of October, joining Bailey Conger (RPI), Ben Copeland (Colorado College), Shane Bowers (Boston University), and Kevin Charyszyn (Clarkson). Sixteen players on the Hawks’ current roster have now made their college choices.
The current Huskies roster includes former Black Hawk Chris Leibinger, who skated in Waterloo during the 2012/13 season. Other recent notables to have played for both programs include defenseman Dan Sova and forward Brett Olson.
This weekend, Beydoun and the Black Hawks host the Green Bay Gamblers Friday, then Fargo on Saturday. Good seats are available for both games and can be ordered from waterlooblackhawks.com or by calling the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680.