Waterloo Black Hawks (8-16-1=17pts):
In Waterloo, Black Hawk fans are celebrating 40 years of hockey. Unfortunately, that is about the only thing they are able to celebrate right now. The Black Hawks have struggled, and struggled mightily all season long. In 8 season victories, only 1 has been in regulation. Otherwise, they relied on their star goaltender Josh Siembida to carry them to victory in overtime or a shootout. Siembida was 7-12-1 for Waterloo with a 2.81 GAA and .918 saves percentage, which were fantastic numbers considering the way Waterloo has played.
It was good enough to get Siembida called up to the University of North Dakota at the midway point. So the Black Hawks only constant is now gone leaving the job up in the air. Jeff Jakaitis out of Rochester, Minnesota and Beau Fritz, acquired from the Lincoln Stars recently will fight for the position.
The Black Hawks have been very inconsistent all season long. There are many young players and at times, youth can be to blame for this team but lack of execution and indecisiveness has killed this squad. Cole Baron (5-11-16) and Nate Hansen (4-8-12) are the only two Black Hawks in double figures in scoring and Hansen was acquired recently so all his points are not as a Black Hawk. That shows the gaping hole in the offensive zone for this very young team.
The defense has been respectable led by a pair of young stars in that of Jim Jensen (1-2-3) and Rob Lehtinen (2-6-8). If this team sticks together into next season there is a chance that they will begin to win, but unfortunately unless a major change occurs, this team is heading nowhere fast.