Black Hawks Playoff Picture Clearer Entering Final Weekend
The Waterloo Black Hawks close out the 2015-2016 USHL season this weekend with two games at Young Arena. Waterloo sits second in the Western Conference, but a playoff spot is anything but secure for the Black Hawks.
This weekend will mark the end of the regular season, and four Western Conference teams are still fighting for the final three playoff spots including the Waterloo Black Hawks.
TOP SEED SECURED:
Over the weekend, the Tri City Storm clinched the Western Conference championship, and they will have home ice advantage through the first two rounds of the USHL Clark Cup playoffs.
FOUR TEAMS BATTLE FOR FINAL THREE SPOTS:
Waterloo is tied for second with the Lincoln Stars at 67 points, but the Stars currently hold the tie breaker over the Black Hawks with more wins (23 versus 22). The Fargo Force moved in to fourth place (64 points) thanks to a Sunday night win. The Sioux Falls Stampede are currently fifth with 62 points.
WHAT WATERLOO NEEDS TO SECURE:
The Black Hawks have two games left, and they can finish as high as second or as low as fifth... and be out of the post-season. A win in either of the two remaining games would clinch a playoff birth. Two Waterloo wins and at least one Lincoln lose would put the Black Hawks second, and they would have home ice advantage during the first round of the playoffs. Two Waterloo losses coupled with Fargo and Sioux City winning the remainder of their games means the Black Hawks would be out of the post-season.
TWO GAMES IN PARTY TOWN:
Waterloo wraps up the 2015-2016 season with two instate rivalry games. On Friday, April 8, the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders are in Waterloo. On Saturday, it's the Dubuque Fighting Saints inside Young Arena.