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Four fast goals lead Waterloo over Dubuque in USHL action

01/09/2014, 6:00pm EST
By Tom Robinson - Special to USAHockey.com

The Waterloo Black Hawks scored goals in a hurry Saturday.

The Black Hawks, who are 12-0-1 in their last 13 United States Hockey League games, scored three times in 55 seconds and four times in 3:05 during the second period of a 6-4 win over the Dubuque Fighting Saints.

Blake Winiecki had three of the goals for his first USHL hat trick. Two of the goals came in the 55-second outburst.

Waterloo has won seven straight games, including Friday’s 4-3 shootout victory over the Fargo Force. Defenseman Mark Friedman scored in both weekend wins, including a goal with 2:20 left in regulation Friday to force overtime.

Fargo goalie Brendan Jensen has faced 50 or more shots in three of his last four games. Jensen posted the USHL season-high with 58 saves in Friday’s shootout loss to Waterloo.

Goalie Danny Tirone also helped the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders overcome a shot disadvantage and get into shootout. Cedar Rapids defeated the Indiana Ice 3-2 Saturday despite being outshot 41-17 when Tirone made 39 saves, then stopped two shootout attempts. Tirone has stopped all five shootout attempts he faced this season.

GETTING DEFENSIVE: The Eastern Hockey League-leading New Hampshire Junior Monarchs will be trying to extend an impressive defensive stretch when they play for the first time in 19 days Friday night at home against the Boston Junior Rangers.

New Hampshire has allowed just six goals in its last seven games with a pair of shutouts and four one-goal games. The only loss during the stretch was a 1-0 defeat. The Monarchs have given up only 14 goals in the last 11 games.

SPOTLESS GAME: The Amarillo Bulls and Odessa Jackalopes played through 60 minutes of regulation and more than two minutes of overtime without a goal or a penalty until Roman Ammirato scored at 2:29 of overtime to lift host Amarillo to a 1-0 North American Hockey League victory. Amarillo’s Collin Delia made 16 saves for his fifth shutout. Odessa’s Eric Hancock made 38 saves in the loss.

TIME OF MOURNING: Peter Halash, a forward with the NAHL’s Topeka RoadRunners, was killed in a Sunday car accident. According to reports, Halash was alone when the car he was driving crashed into a tree. He was 19 years old.

Halash, from Novi, Mich., played part of the 2012-13 season with the Tri-City Storm of the USHL before moving to Topeka. He was the team’s fourth-leading scorer this season.

EARLY CLINCHING: The North Iowa Bulls have already clinched an NA3HL playoff berth. The Bulls lead the West Division with a 27-2-0 record.

The Bulls’ Timothy Santopoalo and Matt Kroska are tied for second in the league with 64 points and Richie Marenis is fourth with 59. Kroska and Marenis share’s the league’s plus-minus lead while Chris Amsden leads the NA3HL with four shutouts.

ONE-TIMERS: The Madison Capitols are making preparations for their first season in the USHL, including launching a website and other social media efforts and beginning to take deposits for season tickets. … Des Moines Buccaneers defenseman Corey Schueneman had five assists and went plus-10 in two weekend USHL wins. … Goalie Erik Powell stopped 78 of 81 shots to lead the Great Falls Americans to a pair of American West Hockey League victories. … The Bellingham Blazers got goals from seven different players Friday and nine on Saturday while winning twice to remain on top of the Northern Pacific Hockey League. … The Boston Junior Bruins (24-3-2-1) and Jersey Hitmen (23-6-0-0) have each more than doubled the goal production of their United States Premier Hockey League Premier Division opponents.

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If you’ve ever called USA Hockey with officiating registration questions, you’ve likely heard the voice of Helen Fenlon. As the manager of officiating administration, Fenlon is the brains behind registration operations. She started working with USA Hockey in 1991 and joined the officiating department in 1993.

Fenlon took a break from readying eager officials for the upcoming season to tell us more about herself and the registration process.

USA Hockey: How did you first get involved with USA Hockey? Did you lace up the skates or make the call on the ice a time or two?

Helen Fenlon: (Laughs) No, I wasn’t a ref or player. I was a mom and I had a child that played. I volunteered at the local association for a number of years and volunteered at USA Hockey. Before I knew it I was employed by them and have been doing this job ever since. It’s nice because I’ve seen the volunteer side and know how the local and state boards work because I did all of that when my kids were growing up.

USA Hockey: What’s a typical day like for you?

Helen Fenlon:
I work on the officiating registration. When everyone registers (to be an official) they are mailed out books to do the test and emailed information about doing the test online and ways to sign up for seminars online as well. Then I score the test when they come in for the closed-book test and basically answer all the questions that pertain to the ice hockey refs. I manage approximately 24,000 registrations when from August 1 through March. Once the registration period is over, we start getting ready for next year.

USA Hockey: How has the registration process changed in your 21-year tenure?

Helen Fenlon:
When we first started, we used to mail them out the application, have them mail it back with a check and then we would process it. Once that was done, we would mail them a test and they would mail us back their answer sheet when they were done. It was all done by hand back then. Now, for registration, they just go online and pay with a credit card and the test is also done online. It’s much easier for everyone involved.

In the past, we also would just do an open-book test, but it’s evolved into different levels of doing an open-book and closed-book test, and some do a skating exam, too. Also going into place this year, everyone will do an online seminar.

USA Hockey: Officials must be happy to have the process accelerated thanks to online capabilities.

Helen Fenlon:
It’s great for people to access the test faster and be able to turn materials around faster so they can start working. To some of these people, it’s a job. Others do it because they want to help kids. People do it for all kinds of different reasons. For me, it’s impressive to see people who stick with (officiating) for so long.

USA Hockey: How have the resources available to officials changed through the years?

Helen Fenlon: Right now, with the new rules and programs in place, the amount of resources available for officials education is improving, but we’re always looking for more ways to help our officials be successful.

USA Hockey: What’s one thing you want to remind everyone about?

Helen Fenlon
: It’s always been my goal for everybody across the country, whether you’re in Colorado Springs, New York, California or anywhere in between, to follow the same rules as far as being able to become an official and complete the registration. That’s the fair way, and it’s the best way to ensure the best quality of officiating throughout the country.

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