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The Road Ahead: October 8, 2019

By WBH, 10/08/19, 9:30PM CDT

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‘Riders and the Storm (Into This Week We’re Thrown)
 
The Black Hawks complete a season-opening sequence of four straight games away from Young Arena on Friday at 7:05 p.m. at Cedar Rapids Ice Arena against the RoughRiders.  Last season, Waterloo went 4-2-1 versus their Dupaco Cowbell Cup rivals.  However, Cedar Rapids was 2-0-1 during the three tilts on their ice.  Then Saturday at 7:05, the Hawks host the Tri-City Storm.  Tri-City will be Waterloo’s firs repeat opponent of the season after the Hawks earned a 2-1 overtime victory on October 26th during the USHL Fall Classic.  The Storm were the only team to sweep a season series against Waterloo in 2018/19, winning all four meetings.
 
Quick on the Draw
 
Through three games, the Black Hawks have scored the first goal against each of their opponents.  The Cedar Rapids RoughRiders have the same distinction after their first four 2019/20 contests.  Both the Hawks and Riders are undefeated.  Over the course of the first 28 USHL games this fall, the team scoring first has won 22 times and earned over 82 percent of the possible standings points.
 
Taking His Shots
 
Second-year Waterloo forward Xander Lamppa leads the Black Hawks with ten shots on goal after three games.  He also paces the Hawks with three points (one goal, two assists).  The Rochester, Minnesota, native has made the most of new opportunities to put pucks on goal.  Last year, Lamppa totaled 89 shots in 58 games (1.53 per contest, compared with 3.33 on average this season), generating seven goals and 19 assists.
 
Home at Last
 
The Hawks get home for the first time this season on Saturday evening.  Last year, Waterloo was 18-7-5 at Young Arena.  The last time the Black Hawks came up short of 15 home ice wins was in 2010/11, when they were limited to a 14-14-2 record in their own building.  However, Tri-City posted an exceptional 20-9-2 mark as a road team last winter, a significant factor in their Anderson Cup championship.  The Storm won at Young Arena during both visits by scores of 2-1 and 6-3.
 
Weekly Recap
 
Waterloo played just one game last weekend, recording a 3-1 road victory versus the Green Bay Gamblers on Friday. A first period goal by Connor Caponi gave the Hawks a 1-0 lead for nearly 40 minutes before the Gamblers tied it early in the third.  Ondrej Psenicka broke the deadlock with just over four minutes to go in regulation, then Patrick Guzzo added an empty net goal to secure the outcome.  Gabriel Carriere made 22 saves for his third win of the season.
 
Friday, October 4 BLACK HAWKS 3, Green Bay 1  Recap
 
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Tickets are on sale now for the Black Hawks’ home opener on October 12th against the Tri-City Storm.  Fans age 21 and over can enjoy $2 Coors Light.  Everyone in attendance will receive a 2019/20 Black Hawks magnetic schedule, presented by Cottonwood Canyon.  To order seats for that game or any of Waterloo’s 30 home dates during Young Arena’s 25th anniversary season, call the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680 or click here.