Waterloo rolls to seventh straight win

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. – The Waterloo Black Hawks are the latest team to be the “hot” club in the United States Hockey League, led by the stingy goaltending of hometown native Cal Petersen.Waterloo Black Hawks logo

The Black Hawks won its seventh straight victory Saturday night in a 6-4 victory at defending Clark Cup champion Dubuque.  Petersen (17-2-1) made 25 saves in posting the victory in goal for Waterloo, which has not lost since Dec. 13. His 17 victories leads in the USHL in wins. A five-goal second period broke open the game for the Black Hawks after the teams traded goals in the first frame. Tyler Sheehy and Blake Winiecki both had two-goal nights for Waterloo, but Alexx Privitera also scored twice for Dubuque. The Black Hawks moved within three points of first-place Omaha in the USHL Western Conference standings.

Here’s a capsule look at the other games played in the USHL Saturday night:

Muskegon (2) at Sioux City (4) – The Musketeers swept their weekend series with Muskegon in Saturday’s 4-2 victory over the Lumberjacks. Austin Adduono scored twice for Sioux City while Trevor Morbeck assisted on two Lumberjack goals. Collin Olson stopped 31 shots in net for the Musketeers.

Lincoln (1) at Omaha (8) – The Western Conference-leading Lancers scored four times in the third period to punctuate Omaha’s easy victory over its I-80 rivals. Ryan Tait scored once and assisted on three others to lead the Omaha offense, while Brandon Smith scored Lincoln’s only goal. Luca Frigo scored twice for the Lancers. Michael Bitzer stopped 25 shots in taking the loss for the Stars. Hayden Hawkey earned the win for the Lancers in goal with 21 saves.

Cedar Rapids (3) at Indiana (2-S0) – Despite the 3-2 shootout loss to the RoughRiders, Indiana moved four points ahead of Dubuque and Green Bay. Dylan Steman and Charlie Curti both scored for Cedar Rapids in the shootout, required after Scott Conway tied the game for Indiana in the first minute of the third period. Goaltender Danny Tirone stopped 39 shots for the RoughRider victory.

Fargo (5) at Des Moines (9) – The streak for the floundering Force reached 11 games without a victory in Fargo’s 9-5 loss at Des Moines. A six-goal second period broke the game open for the Buccaneers, which was outshot by the Force 38-34. Three of Fargo’s five markers came on the power play. Tanner Karty and Ryan Galt led the Des Moines offense, each scoring a pair of goals.

Tri-City (6) at Sioux Falls (4) – The Storm won its third straight game while handing the Stampede its second straight loss with Saturday’s 6-4 Tri-City victory. The second period was the difference for the Storm, which held Sioux Falls scoreless while scored three time in the middle 20 minutes of the game. Austin Poganski led Tri-City’s offense with two goals, while Bo Pellah assisted on two of Sioux Falls’ four goals. Jacob Johansson was the winning goalie for the Storm with a 23-save effort before 4,137 fans at the Sioux Falls Arena.

ETC: Omaha moved away from its traditional orange and black colors to wear special uniforms which resembled Nebraska football jerseys in Saturday’s victory. The sweaters were auctioned off after the game to support the TeamMates Mentoring Program, which was co-founded by legendary Cornhusker football coach Tom Osborne.

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