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Waterloo’s historic USHL run continues

02/07/2014, 12:45am MST
By Tom Robinson - Special to USAHockey.com

The Waterloo Black Hawks appear to be getting even stronger as they extend their historic United States Hockey League run.

Waterloo outscored opponents 12-1 in a pair of weekend games that stretched its winning streak to 15 games and gave the team 21 straight games without a regulation loss, a USHL record.

Forward Peter Krieger, defenseman Brandon Montour and goalie Cal Petersen all played big roles in helping the Black Hawks set one record and close in on another.

The 21 games without a regulation loss broke the mark of 20 games set by the Rochester Mustangs in 1986. The 15-game winning streak is one short of the record during the USHL Tier I era (since 2002). The Sioux Falls Stampede won 16 straight during the 2005-06 season.

Krieger, a 20-year-old from Oakdale, Minn., is the USHL Forward of the Week for the second time in three weeks. The University of Alaska Fairbanks commit, who is seventh in the league in scoring, had two goals each in Friday’s 5-1 win over the Muskegon Lumberjacks and Saturday’s 7-0 shutout of the Sioux City Musketeers. He has three straight two-goal games and nine goals over the last seven games.

Montour, from Ontario, has scored in every game during the streak, including three assists in each weekend win.

Petersen, a 19-year-old from Waterloo, had 34 saves in the shutout and stopped 56 of 57 shots on the weekend. The University of Notre Dame commit, who was picked in the fifth round of the 2013 National Hockey League Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres, tied the team record for career victories with 47.

Waterloo has outscored opponents 23-5 over the last five games and 71-30 over the length of the streak.

STREAK SNAPPED: While the Black Hawks were busy extending one streak, the Fargo Force was celebrating the end of another. Mathias Israelsson made 45 saves Friday when Fargo beat the Omaha Lancers 5-2 to end a 17-game winless streak in which it was 0-15-2. Jack Rowe scored two goals for Fargo. Omaha had more than twice as many shots as Fargo.

BIG WIN: Goalie Chris Funkey helped the Jersey Hitmen dominate in a meeting of two of the top four teams in the United States Premier Hockey League Premier Division on Sunday. Funkey’s 45-save shutout helped the Hitmen to break away from the South Shore Kings 7-0.

Jersey’s Mike Laffin scored two of the first three goals and also added an assist. Laffin also scored twice, including the game-winner midway through the third period, when the Hitmen beat the Kings 4-3 the night before.

COLLEGE COMMITMENT: Brothers Alexx and Jarrid Privitera will remain teammates after announcing their commitments to the University of Vermont days apart. The brothers from Old Tappan, N.J., are teammates with the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL.

Alexx, the team captain, is fourth among USHL defensemen with 31 points in 36 games. The 21-year-old leads the team in scoring and is third in the entire league with 12 power-play assists. Jarrid, a 19-year-old forward, has 26 points in 37 games.

Aaron Nelson, a goalie with the Bismarck Bobcats of the North American Hockey League, has committed to Minnesota State University, Mankato. A 20-year-old from Bismarck, Nelson has a league-high 25 wins in his third season in the NAHL.

ONE-TIMERS: The USHL’s Tri-City Storm and Des Moines Buccaneers took a shutout all the way to a shootout before the Storm won Saturday’s game 1-0. Storm goalie Jacob Johansson stopped three of four attempts to add to his 30 saves and outlast the Buccaneers’ Billy Christopoulos, who made 40 saves. … Defense has kept Helena on top of the American West Hockey League, including Saturday’s game when the Bighorns allowed just seven shots on goal in a 9-1 win over the Bozeman Icedogs. The win made it four games in which Helena has allowed just three goals total. … The Northern Cyclones posted two shutouts and allowed only two goals in the other game while winning three weekend Eatern Hockey League games. … The Vermont Lumberjacks, based in Burlington, will join the Eastern League for the 2014-15 season. … Minnesota Owls goalie Sam Nelson made 77 saves to get his team to overtime in a 4-3 loss to the Minnesota League Minnesota Division-leading Dells Ducks. … The Twin City Steel is the latest team to clinch a North American 3 Hockey League playoff berth.

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By David LaBuda, USA Hockey National Referee-in-Chief

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As we enter the 2015-16 registration season for officials, I want to give an update of what changes to expect this season.

The Officials Section has been busy since the 2015 Winter Meeting, working on implementing the registration changes that were discussed and voted on by the district referees-in-chief, along with refining the testing and online seminar programs.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION
For 2015-16, there will be an informational video available before an official registers with USA Hockey outlining the requirements and commitment that an individual will need to fulfill in order to complete their registration.

REGISTRATION PROCESS

Next, and a very important change, starting with this season, in order to register for a seminar, an official will have to first register as an official (online) with USA Hockey in order to gain access to the online program to register for a seminar.

This change was due to a number of individuals who would never register as an official with USA Hockey and then ‘no show’ to the seminar that they registered for, which frequently led to other registered officials being denied attendance at that seminar because the seating capacity had already been reached.

This change will provide more incentive for every individual who registers as an official -- and registers for a seminar -- to attend that seminar and complete the registration requirements.

EXAM PROCESS
The open-book testing process has also been modified for the coming season. What hasn’t changed is that a Level 1 official will still have to answer the first 50 questions, while Level 2, 3 & 4 officials will have to answer 100 questions. However, the passing score for a Level 2 official has been modified to 80 from 85. All other passing scores remain the same as last year. Those minimum passing scores are 35 for a Level 1 official and 90 for Levels 3 and 4.

While an official is taking the open-book exam, there will be immediate feedback provided after each answer is submitted. If the question was answered incorrectly, the rule reference for that missed question will be given with the appropriate rule book language.

After completing all of the required questions, a summary will be sent of all incorrect responses with their rule references. If a passing score is obtained, then the open-book exam requirement will be complete.

If the result is a failing score, after the seven-day waiting period has passed, the official will only have to retake those questions that were incorrectly answered on their first open-book exam. The retake questions will be based on the same rule reference as the originally missed questions, but will cover a different aspect of the rule.

Once all of the retake questions are answered, the number of correctly answered retake questions will be added to the original test score to hopefully obtain a passing grade. As a reminder, there is no third attempt to pass the open-book exam.

IN-CLASS SEMINARS & ONLINE EDUCATION UPDATES
During the winter meeting, the Officials Section spent considerable time discussing seminar program feedback, and in particular, the online modules. All feedback was taken seriously and an action plan was discussed and adopted.


Two work groups were established to address the new classroom curriculums and to improve the online video modules. Both were comprised of grassroots members who could bring a grassroots perspective to their work. Both groups have completed their work and their recommendations have been adopted. The new shortened classroom curriculums have been distributed for application to this coming seminar season and the online modules are being re-engineered with improved formatting, better sequencing, animation replacing some video clips and reduction of music and voice-overs to allow the viewer to better focus on the presented material.

We’ve also evaluated the number of required modules for each level, and based on the user analytics that the first years’ experience produced, we have reduced the number of required modules in some cases.

Lastly, as a reminder, once an official begins their first online module, they will need to complete all of their online module training within a specified time period. The online module completion time periods are 60 days for Level 1 registered officials and 45 days for Levels 2, 3 and 4. If all of the required and elective modules are not completed within the specified time frame, the official will have to restart all of the module training from the beginning. This requirement was waived during last year’s registration season due to the delayed rollout of the online module program, but it’s back in place this year.

This completion requirement was put in place by the District RICs to encourage all officials to complete their registration as early as possible and to provide continuity in the overall seminar education process.

SUMMARY
As a reminder, to complete an official’s registration an applicant must:

  • Register online with USA Hockey
  • Register and attend a classroom seminar (reduced attendance times depending on registration level)
  • Complete the required and elective online training modules within the required time frame
  • Pass the open-book exam at their registration level
  • Pass the closed-book exam (no closed-book exam at Level 1) for their registration level
  • Complete their online USA Hockey SafeSport training at the end of every two-year cycle

 

Work will continue on improving our educational programs, and as always, we will continue actively listening to your constructive feedback. Without your involvement and support as a community, we cannot continue moving forward.  Acknowledging that improvements were needed was only one step in the process.  Implementing those changes in a way that meets the needs of our officiating community is the next step and we’re excited to be taking that step.

Have a great 2015-16 season and as always, skate hard and have fun when you’re on the ice.

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