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Waterloo Black Hawks preparing for Clark Cup finals


The Waterloo Black Hawks and Green Bay Gamblers will take to the ice to settle the 2012 Clark Cup Championship Wednesday night.

The Black Hawks and Gamblers play at 7:05 p.m. in Green Bay.

It's been eight years since the Joe Pavelski-led Black Hawks hoisted the Clark Cup.

Tuesday evening, this year's squad arrived in Green Bay with the goal of bringing it back to Waterloo.

"It's amazing. We've worked 10 years for this, and we're not going to come back without that cup," Taylor Cammarata, USHL Rookie of the Year, said.

So far this postseason, the Black Hawks, seeded third in the West, have thrived in the underdog role. They took out second-seeded Omaha in the second, while rolling over Lincoln, the West's top seed in the conference finals.

Now, after taking Green Bay to the brink, it's down to one game, and a chance to take down the USHL's regular season champs.

"You couldn't ask for a better finish. Every kid dreams about the final game of the playoffs to win the cup, so it's pretty exciting," Stephon Williams, Black Hawks goaltender, said.

The Black Hawks will also have to deal with a huge, hostile crowd at Green Bay's Resch Center. As of Tuesday afternoon, more than 5,000 tickets had been sold and the final number's expected to be much higher Wednesday night.

"It's not the same as playing in front of Young Arena fans, but it will be a tremendous experience much the same," Aaron Pearce, Waterloo Black Hawks captain, said.

Green Bay's been unstoppable much of the season and the locals expect to be celebrating a Clark Cup title.

The Black Hawks, however, feel those expectations play right into their hands.

Mark Woodley traveled with the Black Hawks to Green Bay. Watch the KWWL News at 6 and 10 for coverage of Game 5.

"I think it helps us a lot. It's a lot less pressure, and we're looking forward to the game," Cammarsai

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