Jack Drury

Waterloo Black Hawks (C)

31 GP: 11 goals, 23 assists

4. Waterloo Black Hawks

20-11-3-1, Last Poll: 5

 

Waterloo has finished with a 6-2-2-0 record in their last 10 games and sits in a tie for third place in the ultra-competitive Western Conference standings. The big story with the Black Hawks lately has been Harvard commit Jack Drury. In addition to being named to the 2018 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, Drury is in the midst of a remarkable 17-game point streak dating all the way back before Thanksgiving. In those 17 contests, Drury has amassed 24 points (9G, 15A) and now is tied for the team lead in scoring and tied for fifth in the USHL along with teammate Jackson Cates. The Minnesota Duluth commit has earned at least one point in 11 of his last 13 games and recorded 12 points (6G, 6A) through nine January contests. Florida Panthers prospect Ben Finkelstein ended January as the reigning USHL Defenseman of the Week thanks to a seven-point weekend (1G, 6A). The Boston College commit has been outstanding in his short time with the Black Hawks, recording nine points (2G, 7A) in just four games, an astonishing average of 2.25 points/game. He has earned at least one point in each of those four contests and already sits third among all Waterloo defensemen with his nine points. Waterloo will open February with three straight home games, including a pair against the USHL-leading Tri-City Storm, play four of their next five games on the road before finishing February with a pair of home games at Young Arena.

 

 

3. Omaha Lancers

21-10-2-1, Last Poll: 4

 

The Lancers have won three of their last four games, seven of their last 10 contests and are just three points shy of in-state rival Tri-City for the top spot in the USHL standings. Team defense has been key for the Lancers, as they have allowed only 78 goals through 34 games, an average of less than 2.5 goals/game. A big reason for that sustained defensive play has been goaltending, and Zach Driscoll has led the way in that department. The Bemidji State commit was named USHL Goaltender of the Week twice in January, was tied for second in SV% over the course of January and was third among all USHL goaltenders in the first month of 2018 in GAA (1.48). The Bemidji State commit improved his record to 12-5-0-5 with his two victories last weekend and currently sports a stellar 1.79 GAA and .935 SV% in 21 appearances, both second among all USHL goaltenders in their respective categories along with his five shutouts. He has compiled an impressive 10-2-1-0 record in his last 14 starts and has allowed more than two goals just once since Nov. 10. Offensively, Filip Suchy recorded 17 points (9G, 8A) in 10 games last month, including five multi-point efforts. He doubled his scoring output in that stretch is now tied for fifth in the USHL with 34 points (17G, 17A). David Wilkie’s team is clicking on all cylinders and is showing no signs of slowing down.