Waterloo Black Hawks Preview is presented by Party Town’s Coors Light Cold Zone.
Competing with the Caps, Skating with the Steel
For the second consecutive weekend, the Black Hawks are on the road Friday before protecting home ice on Saturday. At the outset, Waterloo visits the Madison Capitols to complete a three-game season series. Friday’s game is the rubber match after each team has won once on home ice in 2016/17. The Hawks will be seeking their 14th road win of the year, which would match the team total from last winter. The Chicago Steel are Saturday’s opponent. Chicago has hovered at or near the top of the USHL Eastern Conference since winning their first ten games of the season. Currently in front in the East, the Steel won the only head-to-head meeting with the Hawks, 5-2, in Chicago on November 12th.
A pair of Waterloo defensemen hope to celebrate birthdays during a productive weekend. Michael Ferrandino will turn 17 on Friday. He has skated in 42 games this season and is the youngest player to appear for the team in 2016/17, a little more than a month younger than Jack Drury. Meanwhile, Jake Ryczek turns 19 on Sunday. Currently the USHL leader in plus/minus (+30), Ryczek is just five points shy of meeting his combined total (34) from his 2015/16 season, split between Waterloo and the Sioux City Musketeers.
Second’s the Best
If you have time to see only one period of hockey on a typical game night, make sure it is a second period. Last Friday, the Black Hawks and Dubuque Fighting Saints each scored three times during the second period, in a game which Waterloo went on to win, 5-3. Across the USHL in total, more goals have been scored on average during the middle 20 minutes than either the first or third. No team scores more in the second period than the Hawks, who have outdistanced their opposition 69-54 during the segment.
Power Play Expertise
Emil Ohrvall scored a power play goal during the first period on Saturday against the Sioux City Musketeers, then assisted on another in the third. The RPI recruit now has five power play goals and four assists with that special teams unit. Those points account for one-third of the 27 which Ohrvall has accumulated this season. No Black Hawks forward has a higher percentage of his points in power play situations. Special teams or otherwise, Ohrvall has been rolling up points with some recent regularity; he has on goal and four assists in his last four appearances.
The Black Hawks stacked up 11 goals in two games, defeating the Dubuque Fighting Saints, 5-3, then the Sioux City Musketeers, 6-1. Alex Limoges contributed a total of five points over the two games.
Enjoy Black Hawks hockey from the Coors Light Cold Zone. The next Black Hawks home game is Saturday, March 18th against the Chicago Steel at 7:05 p.m. To order tickets, call the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680 or click here.