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Finishing with Fargo
The Black Hawks conclude the 2016/17 USHL regular season with home games on Friday and Saturday against the Fargo Force. Waterloo and Fargo have each won twice in four meetings; the Force claimed the only earlier matchup at Young Arena, 4-0 on November 19th. However, the teams have not faced each other since before Christmas. If the season were to end with Western Conference clubs still in their current positions, the Hawks would host the Force in a first round playoff series.
Several Waterloo players have the opportunity to finish the season among the USHL’s leaders in various individual statistical categories. Four Hawks are currently among the league’s top 20 point producers: Alex Limoges (52, 8th), Nick Swaney and Shane Bowers (49 each, tied for 12th), and Kevin Charyszyn (48, 14th). In addition, Charyszyn’s 29 goals leave him tied for fourth. Defensemates Mikey Anderson and Jake Ryczek each have plus/minus differentials of +29, which tie for first. Swaney is fifth at +26. In net, Robbie Beydoun is tied for the fourth-best goals-against average at 2.23 and stands in fifth for save percentage (91.9%).
Samberg Getting Started
Defenseman Dylan Samberg has appeared in the Black Hawks’ last four games as a member of the organization’s affiliate list. Thus far in his initial USHL foray, the 18-year-old has one goal and a +1 differential. Samberg spent the winter playing for a different Hawks team: the Hermantown Hawks, Minnesota’s Class A 2017 high school state champs. He scored the double-overtime game-winning goal in the championship game and was named to the Class A State Hockey All-Tournament Team. In January, Samberg was ranked 43rd among North American prospects eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft by NHL Central Scouting.
A 1-0 Black Hawks win on Tuesday at Young Arena against the Chicago Steel gives Waterloo a 23-3-2 home record this season. With one victory this weekend against Fargo, the Hawks would be assured the USHL’s highest home victory count in 2016/17. That scenario would also yield Waterloo’s best home record since 2006/07. In that season and in 2002/03, the Hawks earned identical Young Arena marks of 25-3-2, a junior era club best for home wins and points.
The Hawks clinched the Dupaco Cowbell Cup Saturday with a 6-1 win against the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. Ethan Spaxman recorded a goal and two assists to assure Waterloo the top record in the three-team series against the RoughRiders and Dubuque Fighting Saints. Tuesday, Waterloo edged the Chicago Steel, 1-0.
Enjoy Black Hawks hockey from the Coors Light Cold Zone. The next Black Hawks home game is Friday, April 7th against the Fargo Force at 7:05 p.m. To order tickets, call the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680 or click here.