The Black Hawks play three home games in a five-day span, beginning Tuesday evening versus the Sioux City Musketeers. Sioux City is seeking to secure the only remaining un-clinched Clark Cup Playoff bid. Saturday, the Hawks host their pursuers, the Omaha Lancers. In between on Friday night, Waterloo meets the Chicago Steel less than a week after visiting Chicago for a 7-5 win last Saturday. All three home games at Young Arena begin at 7:05 p.m. The Hawks are 17-5-4 when taking the ice on Commercial Street this year.
Race for Second
Both the Black Hawks and the Sioux Falls Stampede have five games remaining on their respective regular season schedules. Waterloo leads Sioux Falls by two points for second place in the USHL Western Conference. That postseason seed holds significance in the current playoff format; the teams finishing first and second in each conference earn a first round playoff bye. Should the Hawks and Stampede tie for second, Waterloo currently holds the tie-breaker with 35 regulation-plus-overtime wins to Sioux Falls’ 32. This week, the Stampede host the Lincoln Stars Tuesday before visiting the Youngstown Phantoms Friday and Saturday.
Power Play Positives
The Black Hawks converted three of four power play opportunities versus the Chicago Steel on Saturday. The performance represents the seventh time this season that Waterloo has scored three or more power play goals in one game, and the first instance since a 5-1 win against the Omaha Lancers January 24th. Only two of the Black Hawks’ three-goal power play nights have come on the road.
March by the Numbers
With a 6-1-3 record in March, the Black Hawks earned three-quarters of the available standings points. Fourteen different Waterloo skaters scored a goal, led by Emil Ohrvall with six. Ohrvall also produced the team’s highest point total with 14, while Mason Palmer paced the club with a +7 plus/minus differential. In net, Evan Fear claimed four wins while stopping over 91 percent of the shots fired his direction.
The Black Hawks earned five of six possible standings points from three games last week. Tuesday, James Marooney and Emil Ohrvall each had a goal and an assist, but Waterloo fell to the Sioux Falls Stampede 5-4 in a shootout. The Hawks had last been involved in a shootout October 26th against Fargo. In Muskegon Saturday, Kyle Haskins scored twice and Waterloo recovered from a two-goal third period deficit to defeat the Lumberjacks 5-3. Hank Sorensen had three assists. Saturday against the Chicago Steel, Sorensen had three more assists, and Haskins scored two more goals in a 7-5 Hawks victory.
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The Black Hawks and Sioux City Musketeers play a crucial game on Tuesday, which will impact both teams’ positions in the final Western Conference standings. Fans age 21 and over can enjoy $2 Coors Light during the game. To order tickets, call the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680.