STALLING THE CAPITOLS: The U18s host the Madison Capitols at USA Hockey Arena on Thursday and Friday. These will be the last two meetings out of four this season against the Capitols. The U18s are undefeated against Madison so far this season with victories on Feb. 2, (3-1), and Feb. 3, (5-3).
Oliver Wahlstrom (Quincy, Mass.) scored twice in the Feb. 3 victory, and Jack Hughes (Orlando, Fla.), Jonathan Gruden (Rochester, Mich.), and Joel Farabee (Cicero, N.Y.) all scored once to help secure the win for Team USA.
The Capitols are 20-24-2-2 (W-L-OTL-SOL) in USHL play this season and currently sit eighth in the Eastern Conference with 44 points. The Caps are 3-6-1-0 in its last 10 games and have the 11th ranked offense and 14th ranked defense in the league. They currently sit 12th in power play (16.7%) and penalty kill (80.6%).
Capitols Top Scorers:
Alec Broetzman (20-19-39 in 47 GP), Mick Messner (13-20-33 in 48 GP), Ludwig Stenlund (12-19-31 in 48 GP), Cade Borchardt (8-23-31 in 48 GP)
Capitols Plus-Minus Leaders:
Jared Kucharek (+9), Michael Mancinelli (+4), Alec Broetzman (+3)
Dryden McKay (18-19-1-2 in 42 GP, 3.15 GAA, .913 SV%), Joey Lamoreaux (2-5-1-0 in 10 GP, 3.91 GAA, .901 SV%)
2017-18 Results/Schedule vs. Madison Capitols:
February 2, 2018, U18s @ Madison (W, 3-1); February 3, 2018, U18s @ Madison (W, 5-3)
NTDP All-Time Record vs. Madison Capitols:
9-5-1 (W-L-OTL) Home: 3-3-1 Road: 6-2-0
DOWNING THE BLACK HAWKS: The U17s travel to Waterloo, Iowa to face the Waterloo Black Hawks in a weekend series on Saturday (March 16) and Sunday (March 17). These are the only two meetings this season against the Black Hawks. Waterloo is 29-14-4-2 (W-L-OTL-SOL) in USHL play this season and are currently second in the Western Conference and third in the USHL. Their leading scorer, Jackson Cates, is tied for second in USHL scoring with 56 points in 49 GP.
Waterloo comes into the weekend with a 5-3-1-1 record in its last 10 games, after splitting it matchups with Cedar Rapids last Friday (L, 5-4) and Dubuque (W, 5-1) last weekend.
Waterloo currently has the 10th ranked offense (146 GF) and fourth ranked defense (125 GA). The Black Hawks also boast the most short handed goals this season (11) and fourth best power play (22.4% on 206 opportunities).
Last season, the NTDP won its games against Waterloo with victories on March 3 (W, 4-3) and March 4 (W, 8-3). Joel Farabee (Cicero, N.Y.) netted a hattrick in the 8-3 victory. Quinn Hughes (2015-17/Univ. of Michigan), Michael Pastujov (2015-17/Univ. of Michigan), Max Gildon (2015-17/Univ. of New Hampshire), and Josh Norris (2015-17/Univ. of Michigan) also scored in the victory for the U18s.
Black Hawks Top Scorers:
Jackson Cates (31-25-56 in 49 GP), Jack Drury (17-30-47 in 45 GP), Ben Copeland (12-32-44 in 49 GP)
Black Hawks Plus-Minus Leaders:
Mason Palmer (+17), Ben Copeland (+13), Jack Drury (+10)
Black Hawks Goaltenders:
Jared Moe (17-6-1-0 in 26 GP, 2.08 GAA, .923 SV%), Matej Tomek (12-8-3-2 in 25 GP, 2.55 GAA, .902 SV%)
2016-17 Results/Schedule vs. Waterloo Black Hawks:
March 3, 2017, U18s vs. Waterloo (W, 4-3); March 4, 2017, U18s vs. Waterloo (W, 8-3)
NTDP All-Time Record vs. Waterloo Black Hawks:
11-12-2 (W-L-OTL) Home: 6-5-0 Road: 5-7-2