Waterloo Black Hawks Weekly Preview
Seeing Green this Weekend
A Tuesday night win against the Chicago Steel sent the Waterloo Black Hawks off on a sequence of five consecutive games against USHL Eastern Conference opponents. It also ended a season-long, six-game homestand, which Waterloo concluded with a 4-1-1 record. The Hawks' next game is Friday (7:05 p.m.) on the road versus the Green Bay Gamblers. Waterloo's only trip to the Resch Center comes nearly three months after the Hawks edged Green Bay, 3-1, on November 18th at Young Arena. Back to home ice briefly on Saturday night (7:05 p.m.), Waterloo hosts the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. The Hawks are 3-0-1 versus Cedar Rapids, and a win or overtime loss would clinch an edge in season series points (currently favoring Waterloo, 7-3). Saturday's game is the RoughRiders' final visit to Young Arena this season.
Home / Road Showdown
The Green Bay Gamblers have the USHL's finest home record. During games at the Resch Center, the Gamblers have earned 73.5 percent of the possible standings points by way of a 12-4-1 record. Conversely, Waterloo has been one of the league's best road teams. The Hawks' current total of 27 standings points earned during road games is the USHL's best figure.
Wait-ing in the Final Moments
Garrett Wait scored the winning goal versus the Chicago Steel with just over a minute remaining in regulation on Tuesday night. The veteran forward has made a steady contribution to the Black Hawks' success. Now at 14 goals for the year, he ranks second on the team. Wait's 28 points list fourth on the stat sheet. He has notably provided timely scoring, now leading the club with four game-winning goals. Ten of Wait's points have come in power play situations, including four goals.
Tuesday, the Black Hawks limited the Chicago Steel to 20 shots on goal, while sending 33 shots toward the opposing target. Both marks are better than Waterloo's strong season averages. The Hawks clock in with the USHL's fourth-highest average shot total at 31.7 chances per night, while limiting opponents to a USHL-low 26.3. Only the Dubuque Fighting Saints have a better differential (+5.6) than Waterloo's +5.4.
The Hawks opened February with two wins against the Tri-City Storm by scores of 4-1 Friday and 4-2 Saturday. Ben Copeland and Jackson Cates each tallied four points during the two games, and the Black Hawks went 4-for-11 in power play situations. Working on a short turnaround, Waterloo returned to the ice Tuesday to top the Chicago Steel, 3-2. Copeland, Jack Drury, and Garrett Wait were responsible for the Hawks' goals.
For complete box scores from previous Black Hawks games, visit ushl.com.
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