ROAD WEARY...Waterloo enters tonight’s game back in a playoff spot, thanks to Kevin Charyszyn’s overtime goal in a 2-1 win over the Omaha Lancers. It was most certainly a long game, as overtime ended at the 6:29 mark, and it was a late night for the Hawks, who had to return from Omaha, and of course, will have to make the trip to Dubuque tonight.
GOAL(S) GUTTMAN...There have been two hat tricks in the last two trips to Cedar Rapids for the Fighting Saints. First it was Colin Theisen who turned the trick, and then Cole Guttman who replicated that in the next meeting. The St. Cloud State commit has scored 7 goals in his last six games, and has a point streak of eight games that includes four multi-point efforts. He is officially at a point-per-game pace.
COWBELL CUP CLASH...The Dubuque Fighting Saints and Waterloo Black Hawks are tied with 7 points in the chase for the Dupaco Cowbell Cup. Where the Saints hold the advantage is that they have one game in hand, and they are facing off against the team they are currently tied with in those standings. Waterloo has taken two of the prior three meetings up to this point, including the only meeting here, in a shootout.
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME...19 of Waterloo’s 31 games this season have been on the road, and the road is not the friendliest to the Black Hawks. They are 10-8-1, and have been outscored 64-57. In contrast, the Hawks are 8-3-1 in the 12 games at home, and have a +6 goal differential. Part of the struggles have come on the penalty kill away from Young Arena, as the Hawks are 79.7%, or third-last in that category.
BRIGHT LIGHTS...You don’t want to take a penalty against the Dubuque Fighting Saints on home ice. They have scored the league’s most home power play goals (13), and have the best success percentage in the USHL (21.7%) when on the power play at home. You also may not want go on the power play against the Saints while they’re at home either, as they have the league’s most shorthanded goals at home (5).
BEYDOUN-IT THE RIGHT WAY...Robbie Beydoun’s USHL journey has been fascinating. After two seasons as Fargo’s backup, his final season with Waterloo has been a revelation. He has four shutouts, two USHL Goaltender of the Week nods, and the league’s sixth-best save percentage (.925). He also has the league’s fourth-most wins, and will be likely expected to get the start tonight.
#SOLOWSTREAK SURVIVES...Consider it 19 games and counting for Zach Solow’s outrageous point streak, which now puts him within two games of tying the USHL Tier I record for an individual point streak. Solow’s three-point effort against the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders on Friday night helped him pass former Waterloo defenseman and current Anaheim Ducks prospect Brandon Montour, who had an 18-game streak. Muskegon’s top prospect Andrei Svechnikov has the second-longest streak in the league, with a 13-game streak of his own, but no one comes close to Solow’s accomplishment, where he has scored 31 points in that span. This streak started all the way back on October 28, fittingly against the Black Hawks. Nine of the 19 games during the streak have been multi-point games, including all three games against Cedar Rapids (2 goals, 7 assists in those three games).