1. The Fighting Saints come into tonight's game in search of victory for the first time since two weeks ago. All but one of the Saints' losses this year have come by just one goal, showcasing the extreme parity that has developed in the USHL over the past few seasons.
2. Waterloo comes into the game with no home wins in three tries. The Fighting Saints are 1/3 of the way to blame for that. The Hawks have historically been a strong home team on the Olympic sheet, as they won 24 games at Young Arena just a season ago.
3. The Fighting Saints' strong defense will need to remain strong against a desperate Waterloo offense. The Black Hawks have the lowest average goal output, and have the second-fewest goals for on the season.
4. The Saints will look to keep Adam Tisdale red hot. The first-year forward is coming off of a career day with a hat trick and an assist in the 6-5 loss to the Central Illinois Flying Aces last Saturday night. That game constituted two-thirds of Tisdale's overall scoring in his USHL career.
5. It would be no surprise to see Jared Moe take to the net for the Waterloo Black Hawks tonight. The first-year goaltender has the second-highest goals against average and save percentage, and has only given up more than two goals in a game once. Moe won USHL Goaltender of the Week for his exploits against the Fighting Saints about a month ago.