The USHL's 64-game regular season is over.
And at the top of the scoring list are the three Minnesota players on Waterloo's top line.
Taylor Cammarata, the left winger from Plymouth, finished with 38 goals and 55 assists for 93 points in 59 games. He was a plus-39 and will wear the Gophers' maroon and gold next season. He came within two points of the franchise record for a single season.
He won the USHL scoring titlte by six points over Justin Kloos, of Lakeville.
Kloos, the center, had 29 goals and 58 assists for 87 points in only 54 games. He was a plus-34. Kloos will also play for the Gophers next season. His 58 assists were one shy of the USHL TIer I record.
Both Cammarata and Kloos had 10 power-play goals.
Zach Stepan, of Hastings, the right wing on Kloos' line did pretty well, too. He had 32 goals and 46 assists for 78 points, third in the USHL. He is a cousin of Derek Stepan, who plays for the New York Rangers. Zach Stepan has committed to Ohio State and will join the Buckeyes next season.
Waterloo finished the season in third place in the Western Conference at 39-21-4 (third number is overtime losses) for 82 points -- just one point out of a tie for second. The Black Hawks will play at Fargo on Wednesday in the first round of the USHL playoffs.
The Black Hawks tied the franchise record for victories with 29 after beating Indiana 5-2 on Sunday. They set a franchise record for goals with 273. They are on an eight-game winning streak.
P.K. Handley, Waterloo's coach, marvels at Kloos sometimes. "He has got ways to make plays."
“He is so unselfish with the puck, and obviously he has two unbelievable linemates that have found some chemistry together,” O’Handley was quoted as saying in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. “The great story about Justin is he is so humble. You wouldn’t know he won Minnesota ... anything. [Kloos was Mr. Hockey.] He is a Waterloo Black Hawk and likes being a Black Hawk.
“He could’ve came here with a little chip on his shoulder thinking maybe I should be at Minnesota right now. But he came in with the exact opposite approach that ‘I need to learn everything I can and work as hard as I can on and off the ice.’ I respect how he approached this season. He approached it as a professional, and I think in time he will be one.”
Until midsummer last year, Kloos still had a chance to be a Gopher for the 2012-13 season. His status was dependent on whether Nick Bjugstad turned pro or not. Bjugstad, of course, stayed for his junior year at the U and Kloos joined Waterloo and tore up the league.