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Missouri to Mississippi
The Black Hawks will go from one side of Iowa to the other this weekend before finishing up back at home Sunday. Waterloo’s travels begin across the state line in Omaha on Friday. The Lancers are the only team from the Western Conference that the Hawks have not yet met in 2016/17. Last year, the clubs evenly split four games. Saturday, Waterloo visits Iowa’s “east coast” and the Dubuque Fighting Saints. The Hawks lead the series standings, 4-3 through three games. Dubuque is the only team with power play efficiency over 20% (22.8%) and a penalty-killing mark over 88% (88.5%). Finally on Sunday afternoon, the Des Moines Buccaneers visit Young Arena. It will be the only time in 2016/17 that the Bucs come to Waterloo. The teams met on opening night in Des Moines, and the Buccaneers prevailed, 3-1.
Jake Ryczek scored two goals during Waterloo’s 5-4 shootout loss against the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders on Saturday. The Chicago Blackhawks draft pick has now recorded five goals this season, which ties him with three other players for the most among USHL defensemen. Ryczek has put the puck into the net three times over four games since Christmas. Last season, Jack Achan of the RoughRiders paced all league blue-liners with 14 goals; Michael Davies’ 7 were the most by a Hawk at the position in 2015/16.
Following last Saturday’s affair, the Black Hawks have now participated in four shootouts this season, which ties with the Des Moines Buccaneers for the highest count in the league thus far in 2016/17. Waterloo has gone 2-2 in those games (in non-shootout overtimes, the Hawks are 5-0). Ethan Johnson converted a shootout attempt in Cedar Rapids, the fourth goal for a Waterloo skater in 14 tries. Meanwhile, the Hawks have denied nine of 12 opposing shots, although two of the conversions came from the RoughRiders.
Forward Bailey Conger had a career-best three-point game against Cedar Rapids on Saturday. Conger notched the opening goal of the night, then contributed two assists. Two of his three points came in power play situations, representing his first power play scoring of the season. Conger now has seven goals and five assists in 29 appearances for Waterloo.
A late comeback by the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders gave the home team a 5-4 shootout result at Cedar Rapids Ice Arena. The RoughRiders forced overtime with just 31.4 seconds remaining in regulation. Waterloo did not trail at any point during regulation.
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Enjoy Black Hawks hockey from the Coors Light Cold Zone. The next Black Hawks home game is Sunday, January 15th against the Des Moines Buccaneers at 3:05 p.m. For tickets, call the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680 or click here.