Karen’s Print Rite brings you regular updates on former Waterloo Black Hawks players. This week’s top performers include:
#3 – Vladislav Firstov
Connecticut Huskies (NCAA) • Forward
A goal-scoring spurt helped UConn to a pair of wins while also moving Firstov to the top of the Huskies’ stat sheet. Last Wednesday, the freshman broke a 2-2 tie with a goal nearly seven minutes into the third period. That stood up as the winner in a 3-2 victory over Maine. The Huskies topped Northeastern by the same score in overtime Saturday. Firstov recorded both goals in regulation. He currently leads the team with nine goals and 16 points this season.
#2 – Alex Guptill
Allen Americans (ECHL) • Forward
During an 8-2 win on Saturday and an 8-0 follow-up on Monday – both against the Kansas City Mavericks – there were plenty of opportunities to pack the stat sheet. In the first game, Guptill had a goal and two assists. It was a warm-up for Monday, when he recorded the second, third, and fourth goals of the matchup for a natural hat trick during the second period. With an assist as well, Guptill had seven total points. He is now up to 20 goals this winter.
#1 – Cal Petersen
Ontario Reign (AHL) • Goaltender
Petersen was almost perfect during a pair of appearances while helping his squad to two wins. Friday, he made double-digit saves in all three periods against the Stockton Heat, turning away a total of 50 shots for a 5-1 victory. Monday, Petersen made another 33 saves for a 3-0 shutout of the Bakersfield Condors. It was his third shutout of the year and boosted his record to 15-15-4. No AHL goalie has played more minutes (1,954) than Petersen this season. In fact, he is already quickly approaching the 2,103 minutes he played all of last season for Ontario.
Jake Horton, Greenville Swamp Rabbits (ECHL): 4 GP, 1 G, 4 A, 5 Pts, +2
Parker Millner, South Carolina Stingrays (ECHL): 2 GP, 2-0-0, 1 SO, 2 GA, 63 SV
Tyler Sheehy, Allen Americans (ECHL): 2 GP, 1 G, 4 A, 5 Pts, Ev
Blake Winiecki, Florida Everblades (ECHL): 3 GP, 3 G, 0 A, 3 Pts, +1
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