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January 17, 2018 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Waterloo Black Hawks News Release

Lincoln and the Lumberjacks: After playing three times in three days this weekend, the Black Hawks are preparing for a two-game stretch, beginning on the road Friday against the Lincoln Stars (7:35 p.m.). Waterloo hosted the Stars in an exciting late December game at Young Arena. Lincoln erased 1-0 and 2-1 deficits before the Hawks pulled ahead by multiple goals in the third period. The Stars drew back within one late, but Waterloo prevailed 4-3. Back home Saturday against Muskegon (7:05), the Hawks will be meeting one of the USHL's strongest teams of late. The Lumberjacks have won eight of their last ten games, led by veteran Anthony Del Gaizo, who has risen to the top of the USHL scoring column with 36 points (22 goals, 14 assists).

Drury and Dornbach: The Hawks' Jack Drury and Lincoln's Casey Dornbach have posted similar numbers through this stage of the season. Both lead their respective teams in scoring with 29 points, a count which ties for fifth in the USHL. Dornbach has scored 11 times and owns 18 assists. He has recorded three game-winning goals for the Stars. Drury's 19 assists tie for fifth league-wide in that category. Of his ten goals, two have been game-winners and three have come shorthanded (a league-best).

Team Goals: Last season, the Black Hawks led the USHL with 3.5 goals per game. This season, the team ranks 15th at 2.77. Nonetheless, Waterloo holds third place in the USHL Western Conference standings and still has a positive goal differential. The Hawks only allow 2.48 goals per game, fourth-best in the league. Recent Waterloo matchups have also included a scoring uptrend; the Hawks have been above their average goal total in six of their eight games since Christmas.

Brother Battles: Waterloo won the season series versus the Omaha Lancers, 5-2 by standings points. It was a series with Jackson Cates on one side and brother Noah on the other. Their head-to-head marks were almost identical. Jackson had a goal, two assists, and was +3 for Waterloo. Noah had a goal, two assists, and was +1 for Omaha. Waterloo's Garrett Klee and Lincoln's Mason Klee have a similar fraternal rivalry. However, their second USHL meeting will be delayed; Mason will not play in Friday's Hawks/Stars contest due to a suspension.

Weekly Recap: The Black Hawks were frustrated in a 4-1 loss to the Madison Capitols Friday as Dryden McKay turned away 55 shots on goal. The next night, Mason Palmer provided the game-winning overtime goal in a 3-2 result at Cedar Rapids. Jack Drury had a goal and two assists Sunday in a 5-2 victory against Omaha.

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