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November 30, 2021 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Waterloo Black Hawks News Release

Stampede Visit Party Town

The Sioux Falls Stampede (7-10-0) come to Young Arena for Friday (7:05 p.m.) and Saturday (6:05 p.m.) games this weekend. The Stampede seek a season-best fourth consecutive win after claiming three straight home games, all by margins of two goals or less. Sioux Falls also won three-in-a-row from October 23rd to 30th. Meanwhile, the Black Hawks have earned five of six possible standings points from their past three home games. Waterloo's record at Young Arena is currently 5-2-1. The Hawks and Stampede met once earlier this season, a 3-0 result in Waterloo's favor on November 6th at Denny Sanford Premier Center.

Side-by-Side Comparison

Friday will be Waterloo's 20th game this season. Last winter through 20 games, the Hawks were 8-11-1. However, in many categories, numbers from this year look similar to last year. That includes team goals-against average (3.07 now, 3.29 then), save percentage (.892 currently, .891 previously), and total scoring margin (-8 both years). Even the individual stats are similar: Max Sasson was the Hawks' point leader with 15 after 20 2020/21 games, while Cooper Wylie currently paces Waterloo with 13. Tyler Kostelecky and Garrett Schifsky now have seven goals; last year Kyler Kleven and Owen Ozar were at the same count.

Waldron's Fun Run

Forward John Waldron has scored goals in four consecutive Black Hawks games, producing a total of five in that time. The streak ties him for the longest in the USHL so far this season. It also matches the longest goal streak achieved by a Waterloo player last year (Max Sasson, March 14th through 20th). The last Black Hawk with goals in five straight games was Kevin Charyszyn from January 28th to February 11, 2017.

November Numbers

Waterloo finished November with a 3-4-1 record. John Waldron and Cooper Wylie were the team's top scorers with six points apiece: Waldron on five goals and an assist and Wylie had a goal and five assists. Among regulars in the Hawks' lineup, Tucker Shedd earned a team-best +3 plus/minus differential. Goalie Emmett Croteau was 2-1-1 in four appearances, stopping 119 of 130 shots he faced (.915).

Recent Games

The Hawks played three times in four nights from last Wednesday through Saturday, producing a 1-1-1 record. Hosting the Madison Capitols on Wednesday, John Waldron was responsible for both Waterloo goals in a 2-1 overtime win. Emmett Croteau made 29 saves for the win. He stopped another 24 shots Thursday to help the Hawks earn one standings point in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders on Thanksgiving. Cedar Rapids defeated Waterloo 5-3 Saturday, despite a goal and an assist from Michael LaStarza.

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