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Waterloo’s historic USHL run continues

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

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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