Michigan and Mich-again
The Black Hawks meet each of Michigan’s United States Hockey League teams for 7:05 p.m. games at Young Arena this weekend. The Muskegon Lumberjacks and USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program make their only scheduled visits to Waterloo Friday and Saturday respectively. The Lumberjacks have been steadily climbing the league’s Eastern Conference standings; they are up to fourth (35 points), thanks to four straight wins and victories in seven of their last ten games. The NTDP currently holds the second position in the Eastern Conference. The Program consists of both an Under-17 and an Under-18 roster, and together they have averaged 4.3 goals per game. The U17s will be the squad which visits the Hawks.
Dane Montgomery scored the first shorthanded goal of his USHL career on Saturday against the Dubuque Fighting Saints. The shorty was Waterloo’s sixth of the season, which ties with the Madison Capitols for second-most in the league. Only the National Team Development Program (nine) has more. Montgomery’s shorthanded offense marked the second time the Hawks have scored in that fashion against the Fighting Saints.
Extra Time with the Lumberjacks
Waterloo’s only overtime loss of the season was against the Muskegon Lumberjacks (4-3) on November 1st. The Hawks have won their other five overtime efforts. Results to-date have represented a healthy turnaround from last season when Waterloo was 6-7 in overtimes and shootouts. The Hawks have had a better-than-average chance of playing beyond 60 minutes when meeting Muskegon. Since the Lumberjacks entered the USHL in 2010, the Hawks have met them 21 times, and eight of those games have gone to overtime (six have concluded with shootouts).
A week ago, the Black Hawks opened the mathematical second half of the 2019/20 schedule. There are still six Waterloo skaters who have appeared in every game this season, including four defensemen: Brehdan Engum, Mason Reiners, Aaron Bohlinger, and Jacob Bengtsson. Among forwards, Xander Lamppa and Wyatt Schingoethe can make the same claim. Schingoethe played every game last year for the Hawks.
Due to poor weather, the Black Hawks’ Friday game versus the Dubuque Fighting Saints was postponed. A make-up date for Waterloo’s final trip to Mystique Ice Center has not yet been announced. The Saints topped the Black Hawks 4-1 on Saturday in Dubuque, ending an eight-game road winning streak. Waterloo’s lone goal came in the third period from Dane Montgomery.
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