Hank Sorensen recorded three assists on Friday, then added three more on Saturday, helping the Waterloo Black Hawks to a pair of wins, and capping the effort being named the United States Hockey League’s Defenseman of the Week on Monday.
It is the second time in just over a month that the 20-year-old has been recognized by the USHL. Sorensen was also named Defenseman of the Week on February 25th. He now has seven goals and 34 assists in 2018/19, placing him second among league defensemen in assists and fifth in points (41).
Friday, Sorensen helped set up Wyatt Schingoethe’s game-winning goal in Waterloo’s 5-3 triumph over the Muskegon Lumberjacks. The Black Hawks rallied from a 3-1 deficit. In Chicago against the Steel on Saturday, he helped create two of Waterloo’s four second period goals. Waterloo went on to a 7-5 win. The victories keep the Hawks in second place in the USHL Western Conference.
During his 146 career games for Waterloo, Sorensen now has 62 regular season assists. If he is able to accumulate four more during the Hawks’ final five games, he would surpass Blake Kessel for the most assists by a Waterloo defenseman during the club’s junior era. Overall, Sorensen’s assist count ties him with Justin Kloos for 19th overall, one shy of Brandon Montour.
The Northern Michigan University recruit it the only Waterloo skater to claim two USHL Player of the Week awards this season. James Marooney is the only other Black Hawks defenseman to be recognized in 2018/19.
Sorensen and the Hawks are back in action on Tuesday versus the Sioux City Musketeers at 7:05 p.m. Fans in attendance age 21 and over are invited to enjoy $2 Coors Light. For tickets, call the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680 or click here.