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The Road Ahead: January 9, 2018

By WBH, 01/09/18, 4:30PM CST

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The Black Hawks take the ice Friday (7:05 p.m.), Saturday (7:05 p.m.), and Sunday (3:05 p.m.) for games against three different opponents in three different cities.  The weekend begins when Waterloo visits the Madison Capitols, who previously topped the Hawks, 5-1, on October 28th.  Friday’s game will be Waterloo’s first visit to Capitol Ice Arena, Madison’s new home.  Saturday, the Hawks are involved in a Dupaco Cowbell Cup contest with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders.  Each club claimed a home victory when the rivals met for a home-and-home series during Thanksgiving weekend.  The three-day run concludes at Young Arena when Waterloo hosts the Omaha Lancers Sunday.  It is the rubber game of the season series between the teams; the Hawks prevailed 3-0 on December 28th, but the Lancers bounced back, 3-2 in overtime January 5th.

Making it to Midway

After this Saturday’s game in Cedar Rapids, the Black Hawks will be at the mathematical midpoint of the 2017/18 schedule.  Through 30 games last year, Waterloo was 17-11-2.  Under Head Coach P.K. O’Handley since 2002, the Hawks have averaged 16 victories at that stage of the year.  The highest win count in the first 30 games was 24 in 2013/14; the lowest was nine in 2014/15.

Back in a Huff

Forward Sam Huff was sidelined during the month of November and much of December.  Returning to the Black Hawks lineup after Christmas, he has made a tangible contribution.  In five appearances, Huff has two goals and two assists.  Both of his goals have been recorded on the power play.  Huff scored the first goal in Waterloo’s 7-2 win against the Central Illinois Flying Aces last Saturday and the go-ahead, game-winning goal in a 5-2 result versus the Des Moines Buccaneers on New Year’s Eve.

Lucky Number

The Black Hawks enter this weekend coming off a 7-2 win versus the Central Illinois Flying Aces on Saturday.  It was Waterloo’s biggest scoring outburst since a 10-2 tilt with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders on February 11th last season.  Garrett Wait was the only player to record a goal in both games.  Wait, Ben Copeland, and Hank Sorensen each had assists on both nights.

Weekly Recap

Jack Drury scored twice, including a goal in the final minute of regulation, allowing the Black Hawks to claim one standings point in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Omaha Lancers last Friday.  A three-goal third period the next night allowed Waterloo to pull away from the Central Illinois Flying Aces, 7-2.  During a balanced effort, seven different players scored and 12 had a point.

January 5, 2018 - Black Hawks 2, OMAHA 3 (OT)  Recap
January 6, 2018 - Central Illinois 2, BLACK HAWKS 7  Recap

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Party animals come to Party Town.  Meet Alvin, Simon, and Theodore as U.S. Bank presents The Chipmunks on Sunday when the Hawks host the Omaha Lancers at 3:05 p.m.  Bring the kids and make the most of the extended weekend; don't forget your skates so you can take the ice with the team after the game.  For tickets, call the Domino's Black Hawks Box Office or click here.