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The Road Ahead: January 28, 2020

By WBH, 01/28/20, 11:30AM CST

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A Weekend in Sioux Falls

The Black Hawks see the Sioux Falls Stampede for the first time this season, making a road trip to South Dakota for games on Friday and Saturday, both at 7:05 p.m.  This weekend represents half of the 2019/20 regular season series; there are four Waterloo-Sioux Falls games this winter after the clubs met for six in each of the prior six seasons.  Last spring, the Hawks and Stampede also collided during a four-game playoff series, which Sioux Falls won three-games-to-one.  Going on to win the Clark Cup, the Stampede have just four players remaining on their roster who appeared during the championship series last May.

Schingoethe Scoring Key Goals

Forward Wyatt Schingoethe scored his USHL-leading sixth game-winning goal of the season Friday during Waterloo’s 6-5 overtime result against the Muskegon Lumberjacks.  It was his second overtime goal of the year.  Now more than half of his 2019/20 goals (11 total) have been decisive.  Schingoethe is within two game-winners of matching Matej Blumel’s team-leading count of eight from last season.  Including three last season, Schingoethe now has nine game-winners during his time as a Black Hawk.

Back-to-Back Update

This weekend marks the seventh time in 2019/20 that the Hawks will face the same opponent on consecutive nights.  To date, Waterloo’s record in those games is 10-2-0.  Each of the losses came during the second game of the weekend.  After Saturday, there will be eight more occasions when the Hawks double-up the schedule versus one opponent, including March 13th and 14th when the Stampede visit Young Arena.

A Score of Scorers

With a goal in the second period of Saturday’s 6-1 win versus USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program Under-17s, Quinn Rudrud became the 20th different Black Hawks player to score in 2019/20. Last winter, 25 individual Waterloo skaters recorded a goal.  Rudrud joins John Waldron, Matthew Argentina, and Jacob Jeannette among players who have scored their first junior hockey goals this season. 

Weekly Recap

The Black Hawks had consecutive six-goal efforts last weekend.  Friday, Griffin Ness had a hand in all six Waterloo tallies (scoring three and assisting on the others) during a 6-5 overtime win versus the Muskegon Lumberjacks.  It was Ness’ second USHL hat trick, and the six points are more than any individual player during any single USHL game this season.  Ness followed up with two more goals Saturday, Ryan Drkulec also scored twice, and the Hawks defeated USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program Under-17s 6-1.   Waterloo has now scored six or more goals during five games this season, all on home ice.

Friday, January 24 Muskegon 5, BLACK HAWKS 6 (OT)  Recap
Saturday, January 25 NTDP U-17s 1, BLACK HAWKS 6  Recap

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