Fifty and Sixty
As both organizations celebrate milestone seasons, the Waterloo Black Hawks will meet the Sioux City Musketeers (41-16-5) in a best-of-three playoff series. The Musketeers had a first round playoff bye after finishing second in the USHL Western Conference. It’s Sioux City’s 50th season. Waterloo is commemorating 60 seasons of hockey and advanced to the Western Conference Semifinal after edging the Lincoln Stars in the opening round. Game One will be at Young Arena Saturday at 6:05 p.m. Game Two at Tyson Events Center will be Sunday at 3:05 p.m. If necessary, Game Three would be Tuesday in Sioux City at 7:05 p.m. Tickets for Saturday’s game at Young Arena are complimentary for season ticket holders and $5 for all other seats.
The Sioux City Musketeers won four of six regular season meetings with the Black Hawks during 2021/22, including two of three in each venue. Musketeers forward Owen McLaughlin scored twice and added six assists in the series. Connor Brown paced the Black Hawks with two goals and four assists. Each team had identical power play results in the series with two goals in 17 chances.
Waterloo and Sioux City were both member clubs when the United States Hockey League transitioned to all-junior rosters in 1979. In that time, the teams have met for just four postseason series: the Hawks advanced in 1980 and 2014. Sioux City won series in 1996 and 2017. In the USHL’s pre-junior era, the Hawks claimed the league championship against the Musketeers in 1978 and 1979, as well as a semifinal set in 1975.
Leaders Through Round One
Hawks forward Connor Brown is tied with a postseason-high four goals after the first round of the Clark Cup playoffs. Brown is level with Lucas Wahlin of the Lincoln Stars. Garrett Schifsky is one back with three scores, tying him for third. Goaltender Emmett Croteau also tops the league in a postseason statistical category with 90 saves through three games.
The Black Hawks’ opening round series versus the Lincoln Stars was the only one in the USHL to include a full three games. Lincoln won the opener 5-2 on Monday despite a pair of goals by Waterloo forward Garrett Schifsky. The next night, Schifsky scored the game’s first goal; follow-ups by Gavin Lindberg and Tucker Ness in the first period gave the Hawks a lead they were able to protect for a 3-2 win. In Game Three, Waterloo trailed 3-0, but recovered to claim the game and series with a 5-4 overtime result. Connor Brown scored four goals, including two in the final three minutes of regulation, then the winner 1:20 into the extra period.
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Tickets for Saturday's 6:05 p.m. playoff game against Sioux City are available for $5 and on sale now from tickets.waterlooblackhawks.com.