Waterloo Black Hawks Preview is presented by Party Town’s Coors Light Cold Zone.
Resuming the Chase
At the end of a 5-1 victory against the Tri-City Storm on Saturday, the Black Hawks were tied with the Sioux City Musketeers for first place in the United States Hockey League Western Conference. Entering the upcoming weekend, Waterloo is once more in second place after the Musketeers’ 3-2 overtime win on Tuesday against the Omaha Lancers. The Hawks will try to catch up again this Friday and Saturday via games against the Lincoln Stars and Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. Going on the road to open the weekend versus the Stars, Waterloo seeks to build on a 16-6-1 mark versus rivals from the Western Conference. On home ice Saturday, the Hawks try to improve a stout 14-3-2 record at Young Arena.
20 Win Threshold
On Saturday, Robbie Beydoun stopped 21 Tri-City Storm shots to claim his 20th victory of 2016/17. The Michigan Tech recruit is now one of nine junior-era Black Hawks goaltenders to earn 20 or more regular season wins within one campaign. Beydoun’s victory count this season more than exceeds his total (14) from two seasons with the Fargo Force. He currently ranks among the USHL’s top five goalies for shutouts (four, tied first), saves (829, third), wins (20, tied third), and minutes (1,963, fourth).
Up to 40
The Black Hawks are one of eight USHL teams to have reached the 40-game threshold. By the end of the coming weekend, every club except the U.S. National Team Development Program will be able to make the same claim. Through 40 games last winter, the Black Hawks were 19-19-2 and tied for fifth in the Western Conference. Remarkably, both last season and this year, Waterloo recorded exactly 122 goals in 40 games. However, this season, the Hawks have allowed 111; at this point last year, the count was 127 goals against.
Alex Limoges and Peter Thome are the most recent players added to the Black Hawks’ roster. Since Christmas, Waterloo has added three other new names. Defenseman Grant Gabriele has appeared in 14 games with two goals (both on the power play) and two assists. Blue-liner Ethan Spaxman has notched a pair of assists in ten contests. Forward Sam Craggs has two points – both assists – during his first five games.
The Black Hawks topped the Tri-City Storm by 7-4 and 5-1 scores on Friday and Saturday. For the weekend, Jake Ryczek totaled five points and was named the United States Hockey League Defenseman of the Week. Kevin Charyszyn had four points, including three goals. The wins gave the Hawks a 3-1 edge in the season series against the Storm.
Enjoy Black Hawks hockey from the Coors Light Cold Zone. The next Black Hawks home game is Friday against the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders at 7:05 p.m. To order tickets, call the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680.