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PREVIEW: Black Hawks vs. Fighting Saints 12/10

By Jordan Kuhns, 12/10/16, 2:00PM CST


Hawks took the first two—Saints look to change that



DON'T LOOK BACK...For the first time in ten games, the Dubuque Fighting Saints have lost a game in regulation time—following the 5-1 loss to Lincoln at the Ice Box last night. It was the first time since November 12, when the Saints beat the Green Bay Gamblers 1-0, that they have scored one goal or fewer in a game.

HAWKS LOOK AHEAD...Waterloo may be .500 in the past ten games, but their most recent win was their most impressive. Last night, they battled the USHL's leading team, the Sioux City Musketeers, in overtime, 3-2. NHL prospect Shane Bowers snapped a seven-game goal drought with a tally in the game.

THEISEN TEES OFF...USHL goaltenders are none too fond of Fighting Saints forward Colin Theisen over the past few weeks. The Dartmouth commit has points in five consecutive games, and goals in three consecutive games for a 27.2% success rate on his last 11 shots on goal.


FIRST STRIKE OFFENSE...If Waterloo scores first, P.K. O'Handley's club knows how to lock it down after that. In the 12 games that the Hawks have struck first, they have a record of 10-1-1 (.833). They are a perfect 10-0-0 when leading after two periods of play, even if the Saints almost broke that record the last time the two teams met.

BEYDOUN BEDAZZLES...To start the season, Waterloo goaltender Robbie Beydoun was nearly unbeatable. The former Fargo goaltender holds the best goals-against average in the league (1.72), and wins in three of his last four starts to the tune of a 1.23 GAA, and a .949 save percentage in that span. He should get the start once again tonight.

ROOM TO MAKE UP...Plenty of track remains in the Dupaco Cowbell Cup Rivalry between the Dubuque Fighting Saints, Cedar Rapids RoughRiders and Waterloo Black Hawks, but the Saints are the last team to pick up a win in this year's standings. A win would pull them even with CR, and within striking distance of the Hawks with plenty of running room ahead.


HERE COME THE HAWKS?...Waterloo's home power play continues to be the worst in the entire USHL with a 1-for-36 success rate (2.8%). They are also among the teams with the fewest power play chances at home, with only Green Bay and Muskegon having fewer opportunities on the man advantage at home.

ACTION JAXON...Goaltender Jaxon Castor is expected to get the start tonight against Waterloo, and he brings serious credentials to the table tonight. No USHL goaltender has played more minutes than him (1,176), and only one other goaltender in the league has won more games than him (12)—that being Sioux City's Matiss Kivlenieks (14).