Top Scorer Takes Top Honor

Swaney Records Six Points in Three Days

Waterloo Black Hawks veteran and leading scorer Nick Swaney was named the United States Hockey League CCM Forward of the Week on Monday evening.

It is the second time during the 2016/17 season that Swaney has taken the title.  The recognition comes after a six-point three-game sequence.  During the first game after the league’s holiday break, Swaney recorded a goal on Thursday when the Hawks visited the Muskegon Lumberjacks.  Waterloo went on to win the contest, 3-2 in overtime.  The next night during an 8-2 loss against the Bloomington Thunder, the Minnesota-Duluth recruit assisted on both Hawks goals.  Playing his first home game in more than a month on New Year’s Eve, Swaney accumulated a goal and two assists.  The goal against the Madison Capitols – recorded on a penalty shot – was the game-winner in the 6-2 affair; Swaney has scored five game-winning goals this season.

The surge lifted the Lakeville, Minnesota, native to 13 goals and 14 points in 24 appearances this winter.  After missing five games while representing the United States during the 2016 World Junior A Challenge in Canada, Swaney has bounced back among the league’s top five scorers.   During that competition, he helped the American team to a goal medal while earning tournament All-Star recognition.  Swaney is currently riding a five-game USHL point streak dating prior to his international duties.

He was a previous winner of the Forward of the Week honor on December 5th, just before departing for the World Junior A Challenge.  Black Hawks players have now won league recognition in five of 14 weeks this season.  Robbie Beydoun has twice been USHL Goaltender of the Week, while Mikey Anderson has taken the corresponding title as a defenseman.

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