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The Road Ahead: January 18, 2021

By WBH, 01/18/21, 4:45PM CST

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Homecoming Week

After five consecutive road games, the Waterloo Black Hawks are back on home ice Tuesday versus the Omaha Lancers at 7:05 p.m.  One week before Christmas, the Lancers defeated the Hawks 5-2 at Ralston Arena.  Tuesday’s game was moved from the first weekend in November when Waterloo and Omaha were unable to play as scheduled.  Then during the weekend ahead, the Hawks host the Sioux City Musketeers on Friday (7:05 p.m.) and Saturday (6:05 p.m.).  The season series between the teams is tied at two wins apiece.  The Musketeers won the only meeting at Young Arena, 5-3 on December 12th.

Seven Straight at Young Arena

The Black Hawks are preparing for their longest regular season homestand of the 21st Century.  From January 19th through February 6th, the Hawks will play seven consecutive contests at Young Arena.  The last time Waterloo was home for such a sequence was in 1998/99 during a similar part of the calendar.  That winter, the Hawks played eight straight on friendly ice from January 15th to February 6th.  Waterloo went 3-3-2 then.  Four of their opponents from that run are no longer in the USHL: the Thunder Bay Flyers, Twin Cities Vulcans, Fargo-Moorhead Ice Sharks, and the Rochester Mustangs.  In the current instance, Waterloo is scheduled to face Fargo’s current team, the Force, twice (February 5th and 6th).

Overtime Unknowns

The Black Hawks and Omaha Lancers are the only two USHL teams that have not played in overtime this winter.  Waterloo’s last overtime was a 2-1 win versus the Fargo Force on February 7th last season.  Head-to-head, the Hawks and Lancers did play beyond regulation once last year: Waterloo claimed a 4-3 result on November 16th.  That was Omaha’s most recent visit to Waterloo.

Going Well for Gucciardi

Before being acquired by the Black Hawks, David Gucciardi had three assists for the Youngstown Phantoms.  Added to eight points recorded for Waterloo, his total of 11 (three goals, eight assists) ties for eighth among USHL defensemen.  His first appearance for the Hawks was during Waterloo’s trip to Omaha December 18th.  This weekend, he meets a former team: Gucciardi played 23 games as a Sioux City Musketeer in 2019/20.

Weekend Recap

The Dubuque Fighting Saints surged to a 7-4 win over Waterloo on Friday, despite multipoint efforts from Michael LaStarza and David Gucciardi.  The next night in Chicago, Wyatt Schingoethe scored the game’s first goal for the Hawks, but the Steel swung to the lead on the strength of a big second period and then cruised to a 5-1 result.

Friday, January 15 Black Hawks 4, DUBUQUE 7  Recap
Saturday, January 16 Black Hawks 1, CHICAGO 5  Recap

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