The second week of March looks noticeably akin to the schedule for the second week of February, at least as far as the Black Hawks are concerned. Exactly one month ago, Waterloo met the Des Moines Buccaneers on Friday, the 8th and the Sioux Falls Stampede on Saturday, the 9th. The only difference in the sequel is that both games this weekend will be in Waterloo (last month, the Hawks went to Des Moines). Each matchup starts at 7:05 p.m. In February, Waterloo scuttled the Buccaneers 4-2, then fell to Sioux Falls, 5-2. This Friday’s game against the Buccaneers will complete the season series between the teams. Meanwhile, entering the weekend, the Hawks and Stampede are tied for second place in the USHL Western Conference.
If Emil Ohrvall skates in both games this weekend, he will be up to 48 appearances this season, equaling his total from his prior year with the Black Hawks (2016/17). Ohrvall has already surpassed his earlier marks for goals (25 this year, 13 then), points (49 versus 32), and plus/minus differential (+18 to +5). He is currently one point shy of becoming the eighth USHL player with 50 points this season.
Goals, Home and Away
Back in front of friendly fans this weekend after scoring three total goals in two road games last weekend, the Black Hawks hope the ambiance of home ice will provide an offensive boost. This season, Waterloo has averaged 4.1 goals per game at Young Arena. When visiting hostile buildings, the mark is 3.4 per contest. During 8 of the 22 contests played on Commercial Street, the Hawks have five goals or more.
Challenging A Record
The Black Hawks’ 2-0 shutout of the Fargo Force last Friday was the sixth delivered by Waterloo goaltenders this season. It is the fifth time the Hawks have reached that mark in one campaign, and just the second time this decade (the other instance was in 2016/17). However, the club has never had seven shutouts during one regular season. This winter, all six shutouts have been recorded since New Year’s Eve.
The Black Hawks split a pair of low-scoring weekend road games against the Fargo Force. Despite being outshot 36-17 on Friday, goals from Emil Ohrvall and Patrick Guzzo gave Waterloo a 2-0 win. The 36 shots against the Hawks was the highest count for an opponent since a 3-1 loss to the National Team Development Program Under 18s on December 1st. Then Saturday, Matej Blumel scored his team-leading 27th goal of the season, but Fargo came out on top, 2-1. All of the scoring was done in the first period. Now all five games between the Hawks and Force this season have been settled by margins of two goals or fewer.
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UNI Panther Pride Weekend is coming up on March 8th and 9th when the Black Hawks host the Des Moines Buccaneers and Sioux Falls Stampede. Both games are OP College Nights, presented by The Other Place Restaurants, with $9 tickets for college students with ID or $8 tickets if purchased at least a day in advance. To order, call the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680.