Waterloo Black Hawks goaltender Matej Tomek will play college hockey for the Mavericks of the University of Nebraska-Omaha, starting in the fall of 2018.
The Hawks announced the 20-year-old’s decision on Tuesday. Tomek is spending his first season in Waterloo and has been a formidable part of a Black Hawks team defense which allows just 2.55 goals per game (fourth-lowest in the United States Hockey League).
Individually, the native of Bratislava, Slovakia, owns a 12-8-5 record, including a 31-save, 3-0 shutout of the Omaha Lancers on December 28th. Tomek’s save count that night ties as a personal best this season. He was recognized as the USHL Goalie of the Week the following Monday (January 1st).
His 2.55 individual goals-against average currently ranks 11th in the USHL.
Tomek is a draft pick of the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers (2015, Third Round, 90th overall). He becomes the 16th member of the 2017/18 Black Hawks with an NCAA Division I College Commitment. Teammate Jeremy Jacques is also committed to the Mavericks’ program. The last Black Hawks alumnus to attend Nebraska-Omaha was Aaron Pearce from 2012/13 to 2015/16.
Waterloo plays eight of 11 remaining regular season games at Young Arena. The stretch begins this weekend with Friday and Saturday home games versus the U.S. National Team Development Program Under-17s. For tickets, call the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680.