O’Handley wins 700th game
The milestones continue to pile up for Superior native P.K. O’Handley.
The former Superior High School goaltender, and member of the Superior Athletic Hall of Fame, picked up is 700th regular-season coaching victory with the Waterloo Black Hawks’ 5-3 win over the Madison Capitols on Saturday, Dec. 15, in Madison.
“I’ve been fortunate to work in a great league with a lot of great people,” O’Handley said. “I’ve also been really fortunate to have had owners who believe in me and lots of great players and coaches.”
Of O’Handley’s 700 victories, 560 have come since taking over as head coach in Waterloo prior to the 2002-03 season.
In that time, the Hawks have won three Anderson Cups, including the 2017-18 title, for having the USHL’s best regular-season record. Waterloo has also reached the playoffs in 14 of the last 16 seasons.
The other other 140 regular season wins for O’Handley came with the North Iowa Huskies during the 1990s.
Saturday’s result was the Black Hawks’ fourth consecutive win.
“The USHL is a hard and humbling league,” O’Handley said. “You’re challenged daily to bring the best you have. Win 700 is a big number in any league and in any sport and I’m proud of that and proud to share it with the players I’ve had the privilege to coach and the staffs that have worked so hard along the way.”
The Hawks are now off for the holidays until a Dec. 27 road game against the Sioux Falls Stampede.
NOTES: O'Handley's official title with Iowa is head coach and general manager. … His staff includes Shane Fukushima, a former UW-Superior assistant coach and the son of UWS hall of famer and former Spartan coach Mas Fukushima. The younger Fukushima's complete title is associate head coach, associate general manager and director of scouting and player personnel. … waterlooblackhawks.com contributed to this story.
Waterloo 3 1 1—5
Madison 2 0 1—3First Period — 1, M, Brand 4 (Bantle, Berger), 0:52. 2. W, Haskins 4 (Drkulec, Marooney), 1:56. 3. M, Smedsrud 6, 3:58. 4. W, Montgomery 1 (Guzzo, Engum), 5:14. 5. W, Haskins 5 (Cassetti, Palmer), 14:28.Penalties — Brand, M, (slashing), 15:38. Foskey, M, (roughing), 18:39.Second Period — 6. W, Haskins 6 (Bakich, Drkulec), 2:48.Penalties — Drkulec, W, (cross checking), 4:22. Szmagaj, W, (tripping), 12:15. Weber, M, (holding), 17:12. Engum, W, (roughing), 17:58.