Stampede and Stars Weekend
Last week, the Black Hawks met the Sioux Falls Stampede in the first game after Christmas; Waterloo faced the Lincoln Stars during the weekend prior to the USHL’s holiday break. This Friday and Saturday, the Hawks see both opponents again. Waterloo’s third and final trip to Sioux Falls is on Friday at 7:05 p.m. Emil Ohrvall has scored four goals versus the Stampede in two games this year, yet the Hawks are 0-1-1 head-to-head. Meanwhile, the Stars jumped to a 3-0 lead back on December 14th, but Waterloo roared back to take a 5-4 victory. The rematch at Young Arena Saturday starts at 7:05 p.m.
Halfway After Saturday
Saturday’s game versus Lincoln will be the 31st of the season for the Black Hawks, representing the mathematical midpoint of this winter’s 62-game schedule. By coincidence, the league will be breaking after Saturday’s action concludes for the annual USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. This season’s event will be in Lincoln. Black Hawks players Matej Blumel, Ryan Drkulec, Vladislav Firstov, and Logan Stein, as well as Strength & Conditioning Coach/Equipment Manager Spenser Popinga will all participate.
On Saturday, Mason Palmer became the 21st different Black Hawk to score a goal this season. The large group has generated a total of 113 goals for the year, the second-highest raw total in the USHL, currently behind only the Muskegon Lumberjacks (129). Including Palmer’s contribution, just nine of the Hawks’ goals have come from defensemen.
December’s Half Dozen
The Black Hawks completed the month of December with a 6-2-0 record. In the absence of several players participating at the World Junior A Challenge, Emil Ohrvall stepped up with a team-high 13 points, including eight assists. Ohrvall and Vladislav Firstov each scored five times. In net, Jared Moe and Logan Stein both notched three wins with comparable save percentages: Stein was at 91.7 percent, which Moe delivered a 91.3 percent figure. Three Waterloo wins during the month came against the Madison Capitols.
The Hawks played three games in five days beginning last Thursday coming out of the holiday break. Two power play goals gave Waterloo a first period lead in Sioux Falls, but the Stampede rallied with three unanswered goals for a 4-2 result. Saturday versus Youngstown, Emil Ohrvall assisted on three goals, and Matej Blumel recorded three points (one goal, two assists) in a 4-3 win. On New Year’s Eve, Jared Moe made 32 saves for the first Waterloo shutout of the season; the Hawks blanked Madison 4-0.
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Use the Force to get to Young Arena on Saturday when the Hawks host the Lincoln Stars. The 7:05 p.m. matchup is the team's annual Star Wars Night. The Hawks' Chewbacca-themed jerseys will be auctioned after the game to benefit Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity. It's also a Black Hawks Family 4 Pack Night with four attack zone tickets, four hot dog, four sodas and four chuck-a-pucks for $48. To order tickets, call the Domino's Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680.