The Least and the Most
After gallivanting through the Great Lakes states, the Black Hawks will spend the rest of November within Iowa’s borders. At 7:05 p.m. Friday, Waterloo visits the Dubuque Fighting Saints for the first of eight head-to-head matchups this season. The Hawks and Fighting Saints have allowed the fewest goals this year: Waterloo at 2.0 per game and Dubuque right behind at 2.2. Saturday’s opponent is the league’s highest-scoring squad. The Cedar Rapids RoughRiders tally 4.4 goals each night. They host the Hawks at 7:05 p.m., closing out a string of six consecutive Waterloo road games.
Patrick Guzzo has recorded a goal in three consecutive games. It is his second three-game point streak of the young season, both surpassing any scoring run from his rookie year. Guzzo’s next goal will give him six in 2019/20, matching his total from last season. The future Michigan Wolverine is currently tied with Ryder Rolston and Connor Caponi for the Hawks’ goal lead.
Penalty Killing Prowess
The Black Hawks turned away opponents’ first 42 power plays this season before the Chicago Steel scored on an advantage late in the first period Friday. Waterloo ultimately killed three more Chicago power plays in that game and all four Madison Capitols attempts on Sunday. For the season, the Hawks own a league-leading 98 percent penalty-killing percentage. This week’s opponents top the USHL in power play efficiency, with Dubuque at 36 percent and Cedar Rapids at 24.5 percent.
The Black Hawks own the USHL’s best goal differential during second periods this season. In aggregate, Waterloo has 13 goals while allowing just four. The Fighting Saints are the USHL’s next stingiest second period team with only six goals against. The Hawks have only “lost” the second period twice: October 11th at Cedar Rapids and October 26th at Des Moines, both by 1-0 counts.
The Black Hawks played three road games in three days and brought home a 1-1-1 record. Two late goals by the Muskegon Lumberjacks on Friday allowed the home team to pull out a 4-3 overtime win against Waterloo. Muskegon’s surge in the closing stage of the third period came after the Hawks had scored in the first and last minutes of the second. Saturday, Griffin Ness scored during Waterloo’s only power play and added an assist, but the Chicago Steel prevailed 5-3. The Hawks collected a 2-1 win Sunday versus the Madison Capitols, thanks to a timely goal at the end of regulation by Patrick Guzzo, plus 18 saves by Gabriel Carriere.
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Waterloo returns home for a pair of games against the Omaha Lancers on Friday, November 15th and Saturday, November 16th. Both games are College Nights, presented by The Other Place Restaurants. Advance tickets with college ID are $8, while seats purchased on game day are $9. To order, call the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680.