Waterloo Black Hawks Preview is presented by Party Town’s Coors Light Cold Zone.
Now a Best-of-Three
With a split during the first weekend of the Black Hawks-Musketeers Western Conference Final, the series has essentially become a best-of-three. Waterloo hosts Game Three on Friday and Game Four on Saturday. Friday’s winner will have the opportunity to clinch the set on Saturday. If necessary, a series-deciding Game Five would be played at Tyson Events Center on Tuesday. The Hawks and Muskies each swept their respective first round opponents, making the losses they suffered last weekend the first for each club during the playoffs. League-wide during the opening round series of the 2017 Clark Cup Playoffs, the team with home ice advantage advanced in each instance.
Small Scoring Numbers
Waterloo’s formula for winning in the playoffs is different in at least one notable way from the regular season. During the 2016/17 schedule, the Hawks averaged a league-high 3.5 goals per game. To this point in the Clark Cup Playoffs, Waterloo’s total of 15 goals is the smallest mark among the four teams who are still alive. Among that group, the Hawks are the only team to not have a player with three or more goals individually. Instead, Waterloo has 11 skaters who have scored at least one goal.
Ohrvall’s Helpful Contributions
Forward Emil Ohrvall has accumulated a team-high five assists during the course of Waterloo’s first five playoff games. The total ties him for the USHL postseason lead in that category. During the first two games of the Hawks-Musketeers series, the native of Sweden has had a hand in three of four Waterloo goals. Ohrvall’s playoff success is the continuation of a trend from late in the regular season: from the beginning of March through Game 60, Ohrvall notched eight assists in a dozen appearances.
After being one of the USHL’s most prolific overtime teams for much of the regular season, the Hawks have claimed two wins during extra time so far in the Clark Cup Playoffs. Including shootouts, Waterloo was 9-4 during 2016/17 when playing beyond 60 minutes. Dating to last spring, the Hawks have now won three consecutive playoff overtimes after having been on the short side of the prior five instances.
In Game One Friday, Ben Copeland scored twice late in the second period to bring the Hawks within a goal, but Sioux City pulled away again to a 5-2 win. Sunday, Yuki Miura scored in overtime to give the Hawks a 2-1 win. Alex Limoges also scored for Waterloo and Robbie Beydoun stopped 30 shots. The Hawks had more shots than Sioux City in each game.
Enjoy Black Hawks hockey from the Coors Light Cold Zone. The next Black Hawks home games are Friday, May 5th and Saturday, May 6th against the Sioux City Musketeers at 7:05 p.m. To order tickets, call the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680 or click here.