A new record and first place

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. – The Waterloo Black Hawks keep winning and now have a new record and first place in the USHL at the same time.

The Black Hawks completed a weekend sweep of the Fargo Force Saturday night with a 6-2 victory for its 13th straight victory, a new franchise record for consecutive victories.Waterloo Black Hawks logo

At the same time, Waterloo moved into first place in the USHL’s Western Conference and the race for the overall regular season race for the Anderson Cup when it was coupled with Omaha’s 3-1 loss to Dubuque.

Waterloo’s old record for consecutive success was set during the 2002-03 season.

The Black Hawks iced Saturday’s win with a three-goal third period performance after holding a 3-2 lead at the second intermission.

John Wiitala and Peter Krieger each scored a pair of goals for Waterloo in the win, while goaltender Cameron Johnson made 20 saves.

The current Waterloo win streak is the longest in the USHL this season since Sioux City strung nine victories together in October and November.

Meanwhile, Fargo now has gone 17 straight games, including shootout and overtime losses, without a victory.

Dubuque came into a sold-out Ralston Arena in suburban Omaha Saturday night and dropped the Lancers into second place in the West with its 3-1 victory.

Goaltender Kevin Reich stopped 23 shots for the Fighting Saints, which moved within five points of first-place Indiana in the USHL Eastern Conference standings with the victory.

Jacob Benson scored twice for Dubuque, while Tyler Vesel scored Omaha’s only goal.

Team USA stopped Muskegon in its tracks with a 7-0 chopping down of the Lumberjacks Saturday night in Muskegon, Mich.

The ‘Jacks had come into the game having won four-of-five to end an eight-game road trip.

“It was just one of those nights,” Muskegon coach Todd Krygier told MLIve.com. “It happens to most teams, and it happens at all levels. I think some of the top guys didn’t have it tonight, they’ve been playing well, and it trickled down through the rest of the lineup.”

Anders Bjork led the Team USA offense with a pair of goals. Edwin Minney walled off the Team USA crease with a 38-save effort.

Chicago rallied with two goals in the third period to beat the Youngstown Phantoms 3-2 at Bensenville, Ill. Robbie Payne’s goal with 46 seconds remaining completed the Chicago comeback.

C.J. Smith scored a goal and added an assist for Chicago. Cale Morris made 22 saves in the Steel’s net.

East frontrunner Indiana lost in overtime at Cedar Rapids, 2-1.  Frederik Tiffels scored the winning goal with 42 seconds remaining in the overtime period, after assisting on the tying tally from Judd Peterson midway through the third period of play.  Cedar Rapids’ goaltender Chris Birdsall made 29 saves to earn the victory in goal for the RoughRiders.

In other action, Tri-City swept Sioux Falls in a weekend series in Kearney, Neb. with a 4-3 victory, Green Bay edged Team USA Under-17’s 2-1 in overtime and Des Moines got by Lincoln 3-2.

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