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PREVIEW: Waterloo Black Hawks vs. Fargo Force

04/10/2017, 11:45am CDT
By USHL

WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS MATCHUP BETWEEN THE WATERLOO BLACK HAWKS AND FARGO FORCE.

 

Overall Record

Waterloo: 40-16-2-2, 84 points

Fargo: 36-19-4-1, 77 points

 

Home Record

Waterloo: 24-4-1-1

Fargo: 18-10-1-1

 

Road Record

Waterloo: 16-12-1-1

Fargo: 18-9-3-0

 

Head-to-Head

Teams split season series 3-3

  • September 30, 2016: Waterloo 2, Fargo 0
  • November 19, 2016: Fargo 4, Waterloo 0
  • December 16, 2016: Fargo 4, Waterloo 1
  • December 17, 2016: Waterloo 5, Fargo 4 (OT)
  • April 7, 2016: Waterloo 6, Fargo 2
  • April 8, 2016: Fargo 4, Waterloo 3

 

Record in last 10 games

Waterloo: 8-2-0-0

Fargo: 6-4-0-0

 

Leading Scorer

Waterloo: Alex Limoges, 56 points (22G, 34A)

Fargo: Blake Lizotte, 65 points (19G, 46A)

 

Leading Rookie

Waterloo: Ben Copeland, 15 points (5G, 10A)

Fargo: Clayton Phillips, 20 points (7G, 13A)

 

Leading Defenseman

Waterloo: Mikey Anderson, 34 points (5G, 29A)

Fargo: Cody Haiskanen, 28 points (4G, 24A)

 

Leading Goaltender

Waterloo: Robbie Beydoun, 24-9-2-2, 2.22 GAA, .919 SV%, 5 shutouts

Fargo: Matthew Murray, 30-15-2-1, 2.36 GAA, .910 SV%, 5 shutouts

 

Power Play

Waterloo: 21.2% (1st in West, 3rd overall)

Fargo: 19.3% (2nd in West, 4th overall)

 

Penalty Kill

Waterloo: 82.7% (6th in West, 11th overall)

Fargo: 87.9% (1st in West, 2nd overall)

 

NHL Draft Picks

Waterloo: Jake Ryczek (Chicago Blackhawks), Peter Thome (Columbus Blue Jackets)

Fargo: none

 

NHL Central Scouting Ranked Players

Waterloo: Shane Bowers (16), 51 points (22G, 29A); Mikey Anderson (51) 34 points (5G, 29A); Dylan Samberg (67), 2 points (1G, 1A); Nick Swaney (138), 51 points (26G, 25A)

Fargo: Matthew Murray (29), 30-15-0-5, 2.36 GAA, .910 SV%; Clayton Phillips (99), 20 points (7G, 13A)

 

Storylines

  • If this series goes the maximum five games, it will mark seven straight times that Fargo and Waterloo have squared off. The two teams closed the regular season in Waterloo, with the Force and Black Hawks splitting a pair of games at Young Arena.
  • Waterloo is trying to win their first Clark Cup since 2004, while Fargo is looking to win their first title in team history and get back to the Clark Cup Final for the first time since 2010.
  • This series features the only USHL coaches in the playoffs to have won a Clark Cup. P.K. O'Handley won the 2004 Clark Cup with Waterloo, while Fargo coach Cary Eades won the 2015 Clark Cup with the Sioux Falls Stampede.
  • The key to this series is going to be which team shuts down the other's potent offense. Waterloo leads the USHL with 210 goals for, while Fargo is second in the Western Conference and fourth in the USHL with 193 goals for.
  • There is offensive firepower all over both of these rosters. The Force's Blake Lizotte (65 PTS), Hank Crone (62 PTS) and Jack Adams (60 PTS) all sit in the top-five in the USHL in scoring, while Alex Limoges (56 PTS), Nick Swaney (51 PTS), Shane Bowers (51 PTS) and Kevin Charyszyn (50 PTS) lead the offensive attack for the Black Hawks.
  • If the regular season was any indication, these will be a close, extremely entertaining series. The two teams split their season series with three wins each, including a pair of one-goal games.
  • Both teams feature a defenseman that sits in the top-10 among all USHL blueliners in scoring. Waterloo's Mikey Anderson is fifth in the league with 34 points (5G, 29A) while Fargo's Cody Haiskanen is tied for 10th among defensemen with 28 points (4G, 24A).

 

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