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PREVIEW: Sioux City Musketeers vs. Waterloo Black Hawks

04/27/2017, 10:30am CDT
By USHL

Western Conference Final matchup between the Sioux City Musketeers and Waterloo Black Hawks.

 

Overall Record

Sioux City: 40-13-5-2, 87 points

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

 

Home Record

Sioux City: 23-4-2-1

Waterloo: 24-4-1-1

 

Road Record

Sioux City: 17-9-3-1

Waterloo: 16-12-1-1

 

Head-to-Head

Waterloo won season series 4-2

  • October 14, 2016: Waterloo 2, Sioux City 1 (OT)
  • November 11, 2016: Sioux City 2, Waterloo 1
  • December 9, 2016: Waterloo 3, Sioux City 2 (OT)
  • January 29, 2017: Waterloo 4, Sioux City 3 (OT)
  • March 11, 2017: Waterloo 6, Sioux City 1
  • March 24, 2017: Sioux City 6, Waterloo 3

 

Playoff Record

Sioux City: 3-0

Waterloo: 3-0

 

Leading Scorer

Sioux City: Eeli Tolvanen, 54 points (30G, 24A)

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

 

Leading Rookie

Sioux City: Connor McMenamin, 18 points (8G, 10A)

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

 

Leading Defenseman

Sioux City: Matt Hellickson, 28 points (6G, 22A)

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

 

Leading Goaltender

Sioux City: Matiss Kivlenieks, 36-7-4-2, 1.85 GAA, .932 SV%, 5 shutouts

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

 

Power Play

Sioux City: 14.1% (7th in West, 14th overall)

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

 

Penalty Kill

Sioux City: 87.3% (2nd in West, 4th overall)

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

 

NHL Draft Picks

Sioux City: Aapeli Rasanen (Edmonton Oilers)

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

 

NHL Central Scouting Ranked Players

Sioux City: Eeli Tolvanen (8), 54 points (30G, 24A); Micah Miller (161), 13 points (4G, 9A); 

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)

 

Storylines

  • This matchup features the top-two teams in the USHL regular season standings. Sioux City won the Anderson Cup and led all USHL teams with 87 points, while Waterloo was right behind the Musketeers with 84 points.
  • Based on the regular season series, this should be a close, exciting series. Of the six regular season games between Sioux City and Waterloo this year, three were decided in overtime and four were decided by just one goal.
  • Both teams swept their opening round series, as Sioux City knocked off Des Moines and Waterloo dispatched Fargo.
  • This matchup is also a rematch of the 2014 Western Conference Final. In that series, the Black Hawks dispatched of the Musketeers three games to one before falling in the Clark Cup Final to the Indiana Ice.
  • 2014 was also the last time Waterloo advanced to the Clark Cup Final. Sioux City is looking to reach the Final for the first time since 2005.
  • The Black Hawks are the only remaining team in the Clark Cup Playoffs with a head coach who has previously won a Clark Cup. P.K. O'Handley led the Black Hawks to the title back in 2004.
  • The biggest key to this series will be Waterloo's offense, led by Alex Limoges (56 PTS), Nick Swaney (51 PTS), Shane Bowers (51 PTS) and Kevin Charyszyn (50 PTS) against Sioux City's defense, led by goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks (36-7-4-2, 1.85 GAA, .932 SV%, 5 shutouts). The Black Hawks led the USHL in the regular with 210 goals, while the Musketeers allowed only 125 goals, the fewest in the USHL.

 

2017 CLARK CUP HUB

 

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 15th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2016-17. 30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in four consecutive NHL Drafts, and more than 400 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.

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