Mississippi Valley, Fox Valley
The Black Hawks will be beside the Mississippi River Friday to visit the Dubuque Fighting Saints at 7:05 p.m. Dubuque edged Waterloo 5-3 at Mystique Ice Center December 5th. Then Saturday at 7:05 p.m. the Hawks travel to Fox Valley Ice Arena to clash with the Chicago Steel. Although Chicago leads the six-team USHL Eastern Conference standings and the Fighting Saints are fifth, the two teams are tied for league’s lowest penalty minute average at just 8.2 per contest.
Close to Home
Saturday’s game is Waterloo’s lone trip to Chicago in 2020/21. It will be the only time suburban natives John Waldron, Jonah Copre, Wyatt Schingoethe, and Nic Belpedio are within casual driving distance of their homes. Each of those players recorded a point during one of Waterloo’s three road games last week.
Severo Added to Scoring List
Casey Severo became the 20th different Black Hawks player to score a goal this season when he delivered a power play tally in the second period Saturday versus Sioux Falls. It turned into a big night for the first-year forward who went on to add another goal and two assists. Severo was one point short of matching the biggest night by any USHL player so far in 2020/21. Meanwhile, if three additional Hawks record a goal, the team will equal the total of 23 players who scored for Waterloo in 2019/20.
Standout Saturday Facts
The Hawks’ 6-4 win versus the Sioux Falls Stampede was notable in a variety of ways. Waterloo’s six goals were a season-high for 2020/21. Scoring four times in the final 20 minutes was also a team-best for any single period this winter and the most since a four-goal second period versus the Fargo Force last February 8th. On Saturday, the Hawks recovered from a three-goal deficit to win for the first time since a 5-4 victory against the Lincoln Stars on December 14, 2018. Wyatt Schingoethe and Ethan Szmagaj appeared in both contests; Schingoethe assisted on the first goal during the Hawks’ rally against the Stars and scored the game-winner Saturday versus the Stampede. The result in Sioux Falls was also Waterloo’s first win when trailing at the second intermission; across the league, USHL clubs are now collectively just 8-73-7 in that situation.
The Fargo Force scored twice in the first and twice in the third to double up the Black Hawks 4-2 Thursday. Ryan O’Hara and Owen Ozar were responsible for the Waterloo offense. Max Sasson scored the lone Black Hawk goal in a 5-1 Friday loss to the Sioux Falls Stampede. The Hawks recovered to finish the weekend Saturday with a 6-4 win in a rematch; Waterloo goalie Emmett Croteau made 29 saves in his USHL debut.
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