Trekking Toward the Frozen Four

Hawks Represented Across NCAA Hockey Field

The NCAA Division I Men’s Hockey Tournament begins today as eight teams try to take a step toward the Frozen Four and the National Championship Game on April 8th.  The other eight teams in the NCAA Tournament begin play tomorrow.

The Waterloo Black Hawks are well represented in this season’s field.  All but two teams have at least one player who has skated in a USHL regular season game for the Hawks.  That group includes eight college freshmen who were members of last season’s Waterloo squad.

Below, find a first round, game-by-game listing of Waterloo alumni, including the season(s) and number of USHL regular season games they played for the Hawks:

Friday – North Dakota Fighting Hawks vs. Boston University Terriers, Fargo, ND, 2 p.m. Central
North Dakota: Hayden Shaw 2013/14-2014/15, 85GP; Brock Boeser 2014/15, 57GP; Zach Yon 2015/16, 23GP; Cameron Johnson 2013/14, 11GP. Boston University: Ryan Cloonan 2013/14, 9 GP.

Friday – Harvard Crimson vs. Providence Friars, Providence, RI, 3 p.m. Central
Harvard: Jake Horton 2011/12-2013/14, 70GP; Victor Newell 2012/13, 48GP.  Providence: Bryan Lemos 2014/15, 13GP; Kris Carlson 2014/15, 10GP.

Friday – Minnesota-Duluth Bulldgos vs. Ohio State Buckeyes, Fargo, ND, 5:30 p.m. Central
Minnesota-Duluth: Peter Krieger 2013/14, 60GP.  Ohio State: John Wiitala 2012/13-2014/15, 167GP; Ronnie Hein 2014/15-2015/16, 90GP; Sam McCormick 2015/16, 14GP.

Friday – Air Force Falcons vs. Western Michigan Broncos, Providence, RI, 6:30 p.m. Central
Air Force: None.  Western Michigan: Lawton Courtnall 2013/14, 27GP; Trevor Gorsuch 2014/15, 13GP.

Saturday – Cornell Big Red vs. Massachusetts-Lowell RiverHawks, Manchester, NH, 11 a.m. Central
Cornell: Alec McCrea 2012/13-2014/15, 168GP.  Massachusetts-Lowell: Ryan Lohin 2015/16, 14GP; Garrett Metcalf 2015/16, 9GP.

Saturday – Denver Pioneers vs. Michigan Tech Huskies, Cincinnati, OH, Noon, Central
Denver: Michael Davies 2015/16, 57GP; Blake Hillman 2014/15, 13GP.  Michigan Tech: Chris Leibinger 2015/16, 20GP.

Saturday – Minnesota Gophers vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Manchester, NH, 2:30 p.m. Central
Minnesota: Taylor Cammarata 2011/12-2012/13, 119GP; Tyler Sheehy 2011/12-2014/15, 104GP; Justin Kloos 2010/11-2013/14, 66GP; Rem Pitlick 2014/15, 47GP; Tom Novak 2014/15, 46GP.  Notre Dame: Cal Petersen 2011/12-2013/14, 78GP; Cale Morris 2014/15-2015/16, 66GP.

Saturday – Union Dutchmen vs. Penn State Nittany Lions, Cincinnati, OH, 3:30 p.m. Central
Union: Ben Newhouse 2013/14-2015/16, 73GP.  Penn State: None.

Among the current players on the 2016/17 Black Hawks roster, 19 players have college commitments.  Ten of them are committed to programs in the NCAA Tournament’s field of 16:

Boston University: Shane Bowers
Harvard: Jack Drury
Michigan Tech: Robbie Beydoun and Jackson Cates
Minnesota: Garrett Wait
Minnesota-Duluth: Mikey Anderson and Nick Swaney
North Dakota: Peter Thome
Ohio State: Grant Gabriele
Penn State: Alex Limoges

The Black Hawks visit the Sioux City Musketeers this evening.  Waterloo’s next home game is Saturday against the Dubuque Fighting Saints at 7:05 p.m.  For tickets, call the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680 or visit

Leave a Comment