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The Road Ahead: February 23, 2021

By WBH, 02/23/21, 11:15AM CST

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Groundhogs Day Was Three Weeks Ago

The Black Hawks will spend Friday night in Omaha…again.  One week after visiting Ralston Arena, Waterloo will have a little déjà vu when they return for another 7:05 p.m. matchup.  Adding in the game between the teams last Sunday, Friday’s meeting will be the third they square off in an eight-day span.  Then Saturday, the Hawks host the USHL-leading Chicago Steel at 6:05 p.m.  The Steel roster includes the league’s top four scorers: Sean Farrell, Matt Coronato, Erik Middendorf, and Josh Doan.  Farrell has recorded a point in all but one of Chicago’s road games this season.

A Rare Shootout

Sunday’s shootout between the Black Hawks and Omaha Lancers was the first shootout for either team this season.  Waterloo prevailed by an official final of 4-3.  The Hawks were involved in only one shootout in 2019/20, a 3-2 win against the Lincoln Stars on December 6, 2019.  Waterloo and Omaha hadn’t had a head-to-head game settled by a shootout since March 1, 2015.  Omaha prevailed 2-1; all of their shooters that night have since appeared in at least one NHL game: Shane Gersich, Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, and Anthony Angello.  Brock Boeser, currently of the Vancouver Canucks, had one of Waterloo’s three attempts.

Schingoethe on Milestone’s Cusp

Wyatt Schingoethe’s next assist will be the 50th of his junior career during regular season play.  He will become the 50th junior-era Black Hawk to reach that threshold.  The list includes former teammates Hank Sorensen and Emil Ohrvall, who skated with Schingoethe during his rookie season in 2018/19.  Last weekend, Schingoethe recorded an assist in each of Waterloo’s games against Omaha.

Defensive Scoring Trend

This month, Ethan Szmagaj has five points (two goals, three assists).  Only Dane Montgomery, Alex Gaffney, and Owen Ozar have more (seven each).  If Szmagaj were to overtake them this weekend, it would be the third consecutive month the Hawks would be led in scoring by a defenseman.  Szmagaj (eight in December) and David Gucciardi (11 in January) have been the Hawks’ top point producers over the last two calendar months.  

Weekly Recap

Playing three games in three days for the second consecutive weekend, Waterloo fell to the Omaha Lancers 5-4 last Friday, despite a season-high three first period goals.  Ryan O’Hara, Owen Ozar, and Wyatt Schingoethe were responsible for the early offense.  Saturday, Teddy Lagerback scored the lone Hawks goal in an 8-1 loss to the Des Moines Buccaneers.  Waterloo recovered for a 4-3 shootout win versus Omaha Sunday with 33 saves by Emmett Croteau and shootout conversions by Schingoethe and Alex Gaffney.

Friday, February 19 Black Hawks 4, OMAHA 5  Recap
Saturday, February 20 Black Hawks 1, DES MOINES 8  Recap
Sunday, February 21 Omaha 3, BLACK HAWKS 4 (SO)  Recap

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Tickets are available for Saturday’s game between the Hawks and Chicago Steel.  Find out about seats for the 6:05 p.m. matchup at tickets.waterlooblackhawks.com.