This summer, Bartlett native Vince Hinostroza got everything started on a high note. First drafted by his hometown team, he then helped his Waterloo Black Hawks teammates win the 2012 World Junior Club Cup in Omsk, Russia.
Not losing that high note, Hinostroza got off to a hot start in the USHL, winning the league's CCM Forward of the Week award.
Friday saw Hinostroza's Black Hawks 3-2 heading in to the third period. After a power play goal less than a minute into the third to tie the game, Hinostroza beat Slovakian-born Richard Sabol to give Waterloo a 4-3 lead against the defending USHL champion Green Bay Gamblers. Waterloo held on, and the game ended in a 4-3 final. The game was something of a revenge match for Waterloo, who lost to Green Bay in the Clark Cup finals in May.
Saturday, Hinostroza had a far better game. He got on the scoresheet early, assisting on both of Waterloo's first two goals. However, with four minutes left in the second, he found his team trailing 4-2 to the Sioux Falls Stampede.
At the 16:18 mark of the second period, Hinostroza scored on the power play, cutting Sioux Falls's lead down to one goal. Less than three minutes later, Hinostroza struck again, this time at even strength. This goal, with only 55 seconds remaining in the second period, tied the game at four, and gave Waterloo the clear momentum.
Though he wouldn't find the scoresheet again for the rest of the night, Hinostroza clearly gave Waterloo the momentum it needed to secure the win, with the game finally ending in an 8-4 Black Hawks win.
The 5' 9", 170 pound Hinostroza will play out the rest of the season for Waterloo before heading to Notre Dame University. A skilled playmaking center, the future is bright for the 2012 sixth-round draft pick.