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Clark Cup Preview: Stars vs. Black Hawks

04/14/2016, 10:00am CDT

Western Conference Semifinals matchup between the Lincoln Stars and Waterloo Black Hawks.




Overall Record

Lincoln: 33-24-2-1, 69 points

Waterloo: 31-24-2-3, 67 points


Home Record

Lincoln: 19-11-0-0

Waterloo: 17-10-0-3


Away Record

Lincoln: 14-13-2-1

Waterloo: 14-14-2-0



Series tied 2-2

  • November 14, 2015: Waterloo 3, Lincoln 2
  • December 29, 2015: Lincoln 3, Waterloo 2
  • February 13, 2016: Lincoln 2, Waterloo 1
  • April 1, 2016: Waterloo 5, Lincoln 4


Record in Last 10 Games

Lincoln: 4-4-1-1

Waterloo: 6-4-0-0


Leading Scorer

Lincoln: Tanner Laczynski, 63 points (24G, 39A)

Waterloo: Sam McCormick (32G, 25A) & Ryan Lohin (23G, 34A), 57 points each


Leading Rookie

Lincoln: Ethen Frank, 19 points (10G, 9A)

Waterloo: Shane Bowers, 33 points (15G, 18A)


Leading Defenseman

Lincoln: Trevor Hamilton, 35 points (11G, 24A)

Waterloo: Jake Ryczek (7G, 27A) & Michael Davies (7G, 27A), 34 points each


Leading Goaltender

Lincoln: Peyton Jones, 19-11-2-1, 2.34 GAA, .922 SV%

Waterloo: Cale Morris, 20-12-1-2, 2.47 GAA, .906 SV%


Power Play

Lincoln: 18.9% (3rd in West, 7th overall)

Waterloo: 15.7% (5th in West, 12th overall)


Penalty Kill

Lincoln: 83.1% (5th in West, 10th overall)

Waterloo: 83.3% (3rd in West, 8th overall)


NHL Draft Picks

Lincoln: none

Waterloo: David Cotton (Carolina Hurricanes), Garrett Metcalf (Anaheim Ducks)


NHL Central Scouting Final Ranked Players

Lincoln: Tanner Laczynski (99), 63 points (24G, 39A); Peyton Jones (23rd ranked goaltender), 19-11-2-1, 2.34 GAA, .922 SV%

Waterloo: Jake Ryczek (114), 34 points (7G, 27A); Sam Rossini (195), 8 points (2G, 6A)



  • This series features two teams who did not qualify for the postseason last year.
  • Lincoln is trying to become the first team to go from last place in the USHL to Clark Cup Champions in the following season since the Indiana Ice back in the 2013-14 season. This is their first playoff appearance in three seasons. This is also head coach Chris Hartsburg’s first playoff appearance in two seasons as head coach in Lincoln. Hartsburg won the Clark Cup as a player with the Omaha Lancers (1997-98). The Lincoln Stars last Clark Cup championship was 2003.
  • Waterloo is in the playoffs after missing last year’s postseason. The Black Hawks have qualified for the Clark Cup Playoffs in 12 of the last 14 seasons. They are looking for their first Clark Cup since 2004. Head coach P.K. O’Handley won the tot;e during the 2003-04 season, his only Clark Cup Championship over his illustrious 20-year coaching career.
  • Both teams’ leading scorers were acquired at the USHL Trade Deadline. McCormick and Lohin were both acquired from the Madison Capitols by the Waterloo Black Hawks, and the Lincoln Stars acquired Laczynski from the Chicago Steel. Leading defensemen Ryczek and Hamilton were both acquired by the teams as well. Ryczek came to Waterloo from the Sioux City Musketeers, while Hamilton joined the Stars from the Chicago Steel after being moved by the Muskegon Lumberjacks.



Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 14th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2015-16.  A record 37 players were chosen in the 2015 NHL Draft and more than 375 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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