PLUGGED IN...The power play streak continued throughout the entire road trip, as the Dubuque Fighting Saints scored at least one power play goal in all five games on the trip. Prior to that, they had only scored one power play goal in the first five games of the season. They continue to rise as a group, moving all the way up to 6th.
LOCK IT DOWN...Not only is Waterloo near-perfect when they score the first goal (5-0-1), but they’re tremendous when leading after two periods of play (6-0-0). David Brumm’s goal tied the game after an early Waterloo tally, but after Garrett Klee scored to make it 2-1, the Hawks continually kept the Fighting Saints at an arm’s length away. The shorthanded goal by Bailey Conger proved to be the game-winner.
DEPTH CHARGE...The Fighting Saints just might have one of the deeper teams in the league. Many leading scorers in the league are over the double digit mark. Regen Cavanagh leads the way for the Fighting Saints with 7 points, with several others right there. They rank middle of the pack in offense with 26 goals on the season.
BOWERS SILENCED...Top prospect Shane Bowers pretty much has a goal against every other team in the league. He has yet to score against the Fighting Saints on 8 combined shots on goal in his career against the Saints.
SEVERI IMPORTANT...Due to the suspension of netminder Robbie Beydoun, Waterloo Black Hawks backup Severi Isokangas has been thrust into the spotlight for the next two games. The Finnish goalie got credit for the win in last night’s game, stopping eight of nine shots fired his way on Friday. He owns a 3.44 goals-against average and a .882 save percentage so far.
JUMP IN THE PLAY...Dubuque’s defensemen have shown a penchant for making sure they are in the offensive mix. Patrick Kudla ranks third in defensive scoring with 6 points, and teammate Veli-Matti Tiuraniemi is one spot behind him at 5 points. Kudla has an assist in three of the last four games, and Tiuraniemi is on a three-game point streak that includes his first goal.
HOME AT LAST...Tonight’s game marks a return to the Mystique Community Ice Center for the first time in exactly three weeks. The weekend set against the Fargo Force (October 7, 8) was the last time the Fighting Saints were home, and they were out scored by a margin of 8-4 on that weekend, and heading into tonight, 9-6 as a whole in the friendly confines of home ice.
ANTI-SHOT ZONE...The defense has trended up in this respect, and continue to move up. Their 24.70 shots against average per game mark ranks second in the league behind only Youngstown. To put that in perspective, the Sioux Falls Stampede allow 14 more shots on goal (40.4 average) per game.
ANCHOR THE D...Waterloo defensemen Mikey Anderson and Jake Ryczek routinely patrol the blue line as the top defensive pairing for the Hawks. Ryczek, a Chicago Blackhawks prospect, has points in three of the last four games, which included his second goal of the season. Anderson, a ranked skater, notched an assist last night, and is second in the league in defensive scoring.