Waterloo Black Hawks Preview is presented by Party Town’s Coors Light Cold Zone.
Twos are wild when the Black Hawks meet their opponents this weekend. Friday’s game against the Omaha Lancers will mark the second time the teams have met in 2016/17, both this month. Waterloo won an exciting 2-1 overtime matchup in Nebraska on January 13th. The close contest ended on Kevin Charyszyn’s goal in the seventh minute of the extra period. Saturday, the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders make their second visit to Young Arena. Following a 1-0 Waterloo victory on Thanksgiving, the RoughRiders have won twice during matchups at Cedar Rapids Ice Arena. Then Sunday, the Hawks go to Sioux City for the second time during the current schedule. Waterloo prevailed 2-1 in overtime at Tyson Events Center on October 14th; it was the first of two Hawks overtime wins against the Musketeers in three total contests so far this season.
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Veteran forward Kevin Charyszyn recorded goals in two appearances for the Black Hawks last weekend against the Sioux Falls Stampede. Friday, his tally proved to be the winner during a 2-1 decision, and Saturday he had the opening Waterloo goal during a 3-2 overtime loss. Charyszyn has now put the puck in the net during four of the Hawks’ last five games. His 12 goals this season now rank second on the team, trailing only Nick Swaney (14). Charyszyn is one of only four USHL players with multiple overtime goals this season; they came against two of the teams the Hawks meet this weekend: Omaha and Sioux City.
The Black Hawks trailed the Sioux Falls Stampede 2-1 at the second intermission on Saturday. A goal during the final minute of regulation by Ben Copeland forced overtime before the visitors nipped Waterloo, 3-2. With one point from reaching overtime, the Hawks now have five (and a 2-10-1 record) when behind after 40 minutes. Only the Dubuque Fighting Saints and Muskegon Lumberjacks have more points in that circumstance.
Saving the Day
Should Waterloo’s Robbie Beydoun and Sioux City’s Matiss Kivlenieks both take the crease on Sunday, it will be the fourth time they will have faced each other in 2016/17. All three games have been settled by one-goal margins. The counterparts are both among the USHL leaders in total saves: Kivlenieks is first at 770 stops while Beydoun is third with 717.
Goals from Shane Bowers and Kevin Charyszyn provided the Hawks with a 2-1 win against the Sioux Falls Stampede Friday. Charyszyn and Ben Copeland scored Saturday, but the Stampede prevailed in the rematch, 3-2 in overtime. With one head-to-head game left, the Hawks have clinched the season series versus Sioux Falls.
Enjoy Black Hawks hockey from the Coors Light Cold Zone. The next Black Hawks home games are Friday and Saturday against the Omaha Lancers and Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, both at 7:05 p.m. To order tickets, call the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680.