Waterloo Black Hawks Preview is presented by Party Town’s Coors Light Cold Zone.
Three Games, All Big
The Black Hawks confront three impactful matchups from Friday through Sunday. Waterloo will face the Western Conference-leading Sioux City Musketeers at Tyson Events Center to open the weekend. Other than a 6-1 Hawks win on March 11th, the other four games in the series have each been settled by one-goal scores. Saturday, the lone home game of the weekend pits the Hawks against the Dubuque Fighting Saints at 7:05 p.m. A loss to Waterloo on March 10th shuffled the Saints out of first place in the Eastern Conference; Dubuque currently stands in third. Finally on Sunday, the Hawks visit the Des Moines Buccaneers. Waterloo’s only other game in the state capital was a 3-1 opening night loss; the Bucs are currently six points behind in the race for second place in the West.
Time on Home Ice
A 4-3 win against the Chicago Steel on Saturday gives the Hawks 21 victories at Young Arena this winter. That is the most Waterloo has celebrated on home ice since winning 23 times in Party Town during the 2013/14 season. The team record is 25. The Black Hawks have earned at least one standings point in each of their last 15 home games – equivalent to half of the regular season home schedule – while earning a 14-0-1 record in that time. Waterloo has more home wins than any other USHL team in 2016/17.
Ben Copeland recorded a goal and an assist on Friday in a 4-2 result against the Madison Capitols. It was Copeland’s second multipoint game of the year. The Colorado College recruit has five goals and ten assists this winter, adding up to more points than any other Black Hawks rookie. Thirteen of those points have been recorded since January 20th; during that timeframe, Copeland has not played more than two consecutive games without earning a point.
Absence of Overtime
After going to overtime with regularity early this year, the Black Hawks have now settled ten consecutive contests in regulation. However, Waterloo’s 13 overtimes in 2016/17 are only surpassed during P.K. O’Handley’s tenure with the program by the 15 which the Hawks had in 2007/08. Combining overtime and shootout results, this season’s squad is 9-4 when going beyond 60 minutes.
Alex Limoges had two goals and an assist on the road Friday, and the Hawks downed the Madison Capitols, 4-2. Saturday, Yuki Miura, Bailey Conger, and Ethan Spaxman each had two points during a 4-3 tilt with the Chicago Steel. Peter Thome was in net for both games, stopping 50 of 55 total shots on goal.
Enjoy Black Hawks hockey from the Coors Light Cold Zone. The next Black Hawks home game is Saturday, March 25th against the Dubuque Fighting Saints at 7:05 p.m. To order tickets, call the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680 or click here.