The Waterloo Black Hawks played their last set of home games before Christmas this past weekend, and came up short of a victory on both nights.

The Green Bay Gamblers were in town for their only visit to Young Arena this year, and they escaped with a 2-1 win over Waterloo. According to the team's press release, Gamblers' defenseman Mason Lohrei has scored four goals this season and all of them have been game-winners, including his third period tally Friday night. Lohrei also assisted on the other Green Bay goal in the first period. The Black Hawks tied the game in the second period with a goal by Tucker Ness. In the win, Gambler's goalie Aaron Randazzo made a total of 43 saves. Waterloo's Charlie Glockner made 38 stops in the loss.

On Saturday night, Waterloo came up short in a 5-3 contest against the Sioux City Musketeers in Party Town. Waterloo jumped ahead by scoring on their first two chances of the night with goals from Michael LaStarza and the early season goal-leader Owen Ozar. However, Sioux City rallied to the lead in the 2nd period with three goals. For the second time on Saturday, Sioux City scored in the first minute after an intermission. The Musketeer's Brian Carrabes set up Carter Loney from close range for the eventual game-winner. Justin Hryckowian capped the scoring with an empty-netter with 2.2 seconds to go. Sioux City has now won two of three games against the Black Hawks this year, with three head-to-head matchups remaining on the schedule. The teams face each other again on the day after Christmas.

Black Hawks Store Holiday Hours
If you want to get your favorite hockey fan some apparel for a present, Party Town Outfitters, the team’s official store at Young Arena, will be open during three special time slots in the days before Christmas. Thursday, December 17th from 11am to 1pm, then on the evening of Tuesday, December 22nd, from 5pm to 7pm, and Wednesday, December 23rd from 11am to 1pm. The store is located in the northeast corner of the arena. Face coverings are required to enter the facility.

Online orders may be placed at any time by clicking on the “Shop” link at Order by 1 p.m. on Friday, December 18th for the best chance of USPS delivery in time for the holiday. Web purchases can also be picked up in person from the Black Hawks offices during normal business hours through Wednesday, December 23rd and until noon on Christmas Eve. Call the team in advance at (319) 232-3444 to arrange a pickup time, or note your preferences in your order.

Fans are also encouraged to follow the team on Facebook and Twitter for details about impromptu stocking-stuffer specials this holiday season.

Waterloo will travel to Omaha to take on the Lancers this Friday night and then do battle with Sioux Falls on Saturday night. The Black Hawks next home games are Saturday, December 28th vs. Lincoln and New Year's Eve vs. Des Moines.

Black Hawks vs. Sioux City - Dec. 12, 2020 - Townsquare Media - Shawn McKenna
Black Hawks vs. Sioux City - Dec. 12, 2020 - Townsquare Media - Shawn McKenna
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