Waterloo Black Hawks Weekly Preview
First Visit, Last Visit
The Omaha Lancers (18-10-4) come to Young Arena for the first time in 2021/22 on Friday evening at 7:05 p.m. In the only prior matchup this season, the Lancers edged the Hawks 2-1 in a shootout at Ralston Arena on October 15th. It is the only time this winter that the Hawks have been involved in a tie-breaking shootout. Saturday, the Sioux City Musketeers (18-10-4) are Waterloo's guests at 6:05 p.m. The Hawks have one head-to-head win (5-2 on November 20th) and one loss (7-3 on December 28th). After Saturday, the three remaining games between Waterloo and Sioux City will be at Tyson Events Center.
Friday's matchup pits the USHL's two best penalty-killing teams. Waterloo leads Omaha by a sliver: 87.2 percent versus 87.1 percent. The difference between the two is one additional successful kill for the Hawks as both teams have allowed their opponents just 16 power play goals this season. The Dubuque Fighting Saints have the next lowest count at 18, and no other league club has surrendered fewer than 20. Omaha has been particularly sharp over the last four games, killing 17 of 19 chances (89.5 percent).
Back on the Stat Sheet
During last Saturday's Hawks' win against the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, Jacob Jeannette notched two assists. They were his first points following and injury which kept him off the ice for two months. Jeannette did not play during any of Waterloo's November or December games. The third-year forward now has five multipoint games during his USHL career. Jeannette has been limited to 17 appearances in 2021/22.
Ray Fust and Ben Brunette became the 25th and 26th different players to score goals for Waterloo when they each put the puck between the pipes last Saturday. Aside from the National Team Development Program, which operates under different roster rules, no USHL club has had more different players score in 2021/22. The Des Moines Buccaneers have the next-highest figure at 25.
The Black Hawks scored four goals on both Friday and Saturday during a split weekend. It was just the second time this season Waterloo has recorded four or more goals in consecutive contests (previously, the Hawks won 5-3 and 4-1 against Des Moines and Sioux Falls on December 31st and January 7th respectively). Friday in Lincoln, Connor Brown and Garrett Schifsky each had a goal and an assist, but Waterloo fell 5-4 against the Stars. Schifsky and Brown each scored again on Saturday, and Emmett Croteau made 31 saves for a 4-0 shutout, the first of Croteau's USHL career.
For complete box scores from previous Black Hawks games, visit ushl.com.
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