Waterloo Black Hawks Preview is presented by Party Town’s Coors Light Cold Zone.
First Trip Back
The Tri-City Storm visit Young Arena Friday and Saturday. Waterloo’s last opportunity to host the Storm came during Game Four of last spring’s Western Conference playoff series; a 7-4 Hawks win during the game extended the series. Nick Swaney led the home team with a hat trick that evening, and Jake Ryczek rolled up three assists. Six Black Hawks and four Storm players who appeared in that contest remain on the respective rosters. Earlier this season during the first weekend of December, Waterloo and Tri-City split a back-to-back weekend in Kearney, Nebraska. Both games were settled by three-goal margins.
One Point Away
Nick Swaney’s next point will be the 100th during his regular season USHL career. He is currently riding a six-game point streak which includes two goals and six assists. With 35 points in 2016/17, the Minnesota-Duluth recruit is tied for sixth in overall league scoring. Swaney’s 100th point will make him the 26th junior era Black Hawk to reach the century mark. He was on the ice last February when Liam Pecararo’s tallied his 100th point: an assist on Ben Newhouse’s goal during a 4-1 loss to the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders.
Flipping to Positive
Over the weekend, the Hawks outscored their collective opponents, 14-6. In aggregate, Waterloo now has 110 goals this season, while allowing 104 (prior to the three-game sequence, the Hawks had been negative: 96-98). Waterloo has had a positive goal differential for each of the last five seasons, peaking in 2013/14 at +87 (240-153), the year the club claimed the Anderson Cup regular season championship.
Special Shorthanded Territory
Kevin Charyszyn scored his fourth shorthanded goal of the season Sunday against the Sioux City Musketeers. He currently leads the league in that statistical category. By comparison, last season the entire Black Hawks team had two “shorties.” With seven as a squad in 2016/17, Waterloo is approaching the 2014/15 season total of nine. Meanwhile, Charyszyn’s personal shorthanded goal count is the highest by an individual Black Hawk since Joel Hanson reached the same number in 2003/04.
An offensive outburst helped the Black Hawks win three games in three days. Friday, Jackson Cates recorded two goals and an assist during a 6-2 decision against the Omaha Lancers. The next evening, Shane Bowers contributed a goal and an assist during a 4-1 tilt with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. The weekend concluded Sunday on Bailey Conger’s overtime winner during a 4-3 affair with the Sioux City Musketeers. Robbie Beydoun was in goal for all three games, stopping 69 of the 75 shots he faced.
Enjoy Black Hawks hockey from the Coors Light Cold Zone. The next Black Hawks home games are Friday and Saturday against the Tri-City Storm, both at 7:05 p.m., during John Deere Weekend. To order tickets, call the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680.