Waterloo Black Hawks Preview is presented by Party Town’s Coors Light Cold Zone.
The Black Hawks play just one game this weekend, visiting the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders on Saturday. Although Waterloo has won three of five games thus far during the series, the RoughRiders claimed both meetings at Cedar Rapids Ice Arena earlier this winter: 3-0 on November 26th and 5-4 in a shootout on January 7th. Games this weekend could determine the 2016/17 Dupaco Cowbell Cup winner. The three-team series includes Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, and the Dubuque Fighting Saints. The Hawks’ 2-1 win against Dubuque last Saturday has yielded a three-point lead in the standings. If Dubuque loses to Cedar Rapids Friday or if Waterloo wins on Saturday, the Hawks would clinch the Dupaco Cowbell Cup. If neither of those outcomes occur, the title would come down to the final game on April 8th. In that circumstance, Waterloo would claim the Dupaco Cowbell Cup with a RoughRider win in a Cedar Rapids-Dubuque rematch.
Shane Bowers is the last member of the 2016/17 Black Hawks to have appeared in every game this season. Saturday, he recorded the game-winning goal with 14.6 seconds remaining during a 2-1 result against the Dubuque Fighting Saints. Adding his appearance on Sunday, Bowers has played in all 56 contests, charting 21 goals and 28 assists. Those marks are improvements on his rookie totals; last season Bowers skated in 56 of the 60 Black Hawks’ games, notching 15 goals and 18 assists, nearly a 50 percent bump in total points.
Road Wrap Up
Saturday’s game against the RoughRiders is the final time Waterloo will go on the road before the postseason. The Hawks’ 5-1 win at Buccaneer Arena in Des Moines on Sunday was the team’s 15th away victory of 2016/17, surpassing the total of 14 from last winter. Since 2002/03, this is the fourth season in which the Hawks have won at least half of their road games.
Jack Drury scored two goals on Sunday. The 17-year-old now has ten points in 40 games during 2016/17. He becomes the ninth different Black Hawk to record a multigoal game this season. Kevin Charyszyn has five of those – the most on the team – including the Hawks’ only hat trick this winter.
Falling behind in the first period, Waterloo could not draw even with the Sioux City Musketeers during a 6-3 loss Friday, despite two assists each from Kevin Charyszyn and Hank Sorensen. Saturday, Shane Bowers had the game-winning goal and an assist in a 2-1 victory versus the Dubuque Fighting Saints. The Hawks added a 5-1 win Sunday against the Des Moines Buccaneers; Jack Drury scored the first and last Hawks goals.
Enjoy Black Hawks hockey from the Coors Light Cold Zone. The next Black Hawks home game is Tuesday, April 4th against the Chicago Steel at 7:05 p.m. To order tickets, call the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680 or click here.