Waterloo Black Hawks Weekly Preview
Stampede and Saints
Waterloo is scheduled to begin this new month at home on Friday versus the Sioux Falls Stampede at 7:05 p.m. While the Black Hawks have played just twice so far this season, Sioux Falls' seven games are the most completed by any USHL club at this stage of the season. The Stampede did not visit Young Arena last season; the 2019/20 Hawks home games in the series were not played due to COVID-19. As a result, Friday will be Sioux Falls' first visit to Waterloo since the 2019 Clark Cup Playoffs. Then Saturday, the Hawks are slated for a 7:05 p.m. road contest versus the Dubuque Fighting Saints. The Saints (who are also slated to be home on Friday night versus Chicago), have played three of their first four games on home ice. Dubuque caused Waterloo more difficulty than any club last year. The Hawks were 2-5-0 in the series with the Saints; no other league opponent topped Waterloo more than twice in 2019/20.
During this young season, the Black Hawks have recorded seven goals during their first two games. Seven different Waterloo players have scored those goals. That includes three tallies by Hawks defensemen: Jonah Copre, Luke Bast, and Zane Demsey. By comparison, only five Waterloo blue liners recorded goals during the entirety of the 2019/20 season.
After four November games at Young Arena were postponed, this Friday's game versus Sioux Falls is anticipated to be the first on home ice in 2020/21. Last season, the Black Hawks were 15-8-0 in their own building. However, Waterloo was defeated during the last four of those home games. The team's last win on Commercial Street was recorded on February 8th, 5-2 versus the Fargo Force. Current Black Hawks Luke Bast (goal and assist) and Wyatt Schingoethe (two assists) each had multipoint efforts.
December Gets Busier
The Black Hawks' road game originally scheduled for November 21st at Des Moines has been re-slated for December 30th. That means Waterloo will play ten games this month, five at home and five on the road.
The Black Hawks have not skated in game conditions since November 13th and 14th, when Waterloo visited the Sioux City Musketeers for a pair of tilts at Tyson Events Center. The Hawks opened the season and that weekend with a 4-2 victory, highlighted by multipoint performances by Michael LaStarza (goal and assist), Casey Severo (two assists), and Kyler Kleven (two assists). The next night, Max Sasson had a goal and an assist, but the Musketeers produced a four-goal third period to edge Waterloo, 4-3.
For complete box scores from previous Black Hawks games, visit ushl.com.
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