Seven with the Saints
The Black Hawks will quickly become familiar with the Dubuque Fighting Saints this weekend. Waterloo visits Dubuque on Friday before hosting Young Arena’s first regular season game of 2017/18 during a Saturday rematch. When the teams met during the preseason USHL Fall Classic in Pittsburgh on September 29th, the Hawks prevailed, 6-2, led by Garrett Klee with two goals and an assist. In six head-to-head tilts during the 2016/17 schedule, Waterloo owned a 4-2-0 series record. This weekend’s meetings open a seven-game series between the teams. The Black Hawks have not met any single opponent that often during one year since 2013/14 when they played both Dubuque and the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders eight times each.
One Game, No Waiting
Two first-year Waterloo skaters recorded a point in their first USHL appearance Saturday when the Hawks topped the Sioux Falls Stampede 4-2. Midway through the second period, James Marooney helped create the opportunity for Ben Copeland to score the first Waterloo goal of the season. Just a little more than a full period later, Bobby Trivigno set up Garrett Wait’s game-winning goal. The two 18-year-olds are respectively committed to Ohio State and Massachusetts.
First Not Always the Best
Although the Sioux Falls Stampede scored first on Saturday, the Hawks still came out on top. The result extends a favorable trend from last season, when Waterloo salvaged a 12-11-2 mark on nights when they failed to record the opening goal. No other USHL team finished above .500 under those circumstances last season. Waterloo’s weekend victory was one of six instances when the team which did not score first still won.
Among the Black Hawks’ current active roster, 11 players are from Minnesota, comprising the most substantial representation among any state or territory. The group includes three players (Peter Tabor, James Marooney, and Jared Moe) from the same high school: Holy Family Catholic in Victoria. After Minnesota, the most common states of origin are Illinois and Massachusetts with two players each.
Three third period goals helped the Hawks assure themselves a season opening win. Ben Copeland found the net in the second; fellow Waterloo veterans Jackson Cates, Garrett Wait, and Garrett Klee added goals during the final 20 minutes as the Hawks outshot the Stampede 39-24. Matej Tomek stopped 22 opposing chances in his Black Hawks debut. During P.K. O’Handley’s tenure as Waterloo head coach, the Hawks have come out on top in ten of 16 openers.
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The Black Hawks’ first home game of 2017/18 is on Saturday, October 14th against the Dubuque Fighting Saints. Tickets are on sale now by calling the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680 or by clicking here. Coors Light tallboys will be $2 for all fans age 21 and over. It’s also a college night; tickets are $8 in advance for college students with ID or $9 on game day.