1. Everything but the finish—the overarching lesson from last night's 2-0 loss to the Waterloo Black Hawks. The Fighting Saints outshot the Hawks 30-19, including 13-4 in the opening period. The Saints put on the pressure throughout the game, and forced five power play opportunities, all to no avail. Will they be able to solve right-catching netminder Jared Moe, if he is to get the start for a second straight night?
2. Jared Moe, in his first USHL start, made 30 spectacular saves for the Waterloo Black Hawks. Making things more difficult, if he isn't to get the start, Philadelphia Flyers prospect Matej Tomek is waiting in the wings after winning his first start, Waterloo's first win, a week ago.
3. Cole Guttman may not have gotten on the board in last night's game, but he was in the thick of it throughout the night. The Saints' captain was credited with two shots on goal, and had multiple setups on the night, specifically on the power play. Guttman looks close to breaking out and being in top form.
4. Waterloo forward Jack Drury scored his first goal of the season in last night's game, and was dangerous throughout. The B-ranked skater, and son of former NHLer Ted Drury, will continue to be a problem for opposing defenses all season, as he may be the top prospect in the USHL outside of the National Team Development Program.
5. Right now, it's about the offense coming to life. After giving up six goals on the first night of the season, the defense, backstopped by Jaxon Castor, has limited the opposition to just two goals against in the last two games. Now the focus shifts to keeping that defensive wall up on the larger, Olympic-sized ice sheet at Young Arena.