Back to North Dakota
For the second time in three weekends, the Waterloo Black Hawks travel to visit the Fargo Force. The lone game on this week’s schedule will be at Scheels Arena on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. Waterloo split a pair of games there on March 1st (won 2-0) and 2nd (lost 2-1). The Hawks are 3-2-0 versus the Force this season. However, the series points are tied 6-6, because two of Waterloo’s three wins have come in overtime. All five games between the teams have been settled by two goals or fewer.
Overtime and More Overtime
Waterloo’s two overtime games last weekend marked the first time the Hawks have gone beyond regulation in consecutive contests since January 7 and January 13, 2017. Like this weekend, Waterloo split in that instance, falling in the first game (a 5-4 shootout loss at Cedar Rapids) but winning the second (a 2-1 overtime win at Omaha). Defenseman Mason Palmer is the only player to appear in all both pairs of games. The Hawks have not played three straight overtime games since February 4, 11, and 12, 2011 (a 4-3 win versus Sioux City, a 3-2 shootout win at Dubuque, and a 4-3 shootout loss at Des Moines, respectively).
Three goals by Emil Ohrvall on Saturday pushed his season total to 28. He is now tied with Matej Blumel for the team lead. Only Brett Murray of the Youngstown Phantoms has more goals in the USHL this season (34). If both Ohrvall and Blumel score two more goals before the season ends, it will be the first time two players have recorded 30 or more goals for the Black Hawks in the same season since 2012/13 (38 by Taylor Cammarata and 32 by Zach Stepan).
Hat Tricks Quartet
Emil Ohrvall had his fourth hat trick of the season Saturday. It’s the first time in 25 years that a Black Hawk has had four hat tricks in one campaign. Jason Blake did it in 1993/14 during the span of 16 games from December 4th through January 29th. Blake added another hat trick in the playoffs that spring.
Friday, the Black Hawks played tug-of-war with the Des Moines Buccaneers for 60 minutes. Mason Palmer scored twice – the first two-goal game for a Waterloo defenseman in over two years – but the Des Moines Buccaneers scored in overtime to claim the 5-4 contest which included four combined shorthanded tallies. In similar fashion, Saturday’s game was also dominated by special teams goals. The Hawks notched a pair of power play scores, and the Sioux Falls Stampede had two, plus a shorthanded tally, as the teams went to overtime tied at 3-3. Emil Ohrvall completed a hat trick to give Waterloo a 4-3 win.
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The next Black Hawks home game is March 23rd. It’s the team’s annual Rock ’em, Sock ’em Saturday. When the Hawks score their first goal against the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, fans are encouraged to throw pairs of new socks onto the ice. The socks will be donated to the homeless in the Cedar Valley. To order, call the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680.