DUBUQUE, Iowa — In a game where the Dubuque Fighting Saints needed a big two points in the standings, they got them. Colin Theisen struck with two goals, including his 20th USHL goal, and Jaxon Castor made 19 saves, en route to a 2-1 victory over the Muskegon Lumberjacks at the Mystique Community Ice Center on Friday night.
Castor was strong throughout, as he kept the game where it stayed throughout the third period—2-1 Saints. During a power play midway through the third period, Muskegon defenseman Zach Berzolla pounced on a puck on the post, and Castor dove back with the paddle to rob the chance and stop the Jacks from tying the game at two.
Theisen carried the offense, along with linemate Zach Solow, who tallied two assists. On very similar plays, Solow threaded the needle to Theisen following a turnover by Colby Bukes in the neutral zone. Cole Guttman pitched an indirect pass to Solow, who slipped the puck to Theisen, who deked Muskegon goaltender Adam Brizgala out of the net, and the Dartmouth commit started the scoring just a few minutes into the second.
His second goal came shorthanded. Muskegon forward Logan Drevitch coughed the puck up at the blue line, and gave it away to Solow, who raced along with Theisen on a 2-on-1 break. His pass at the last minute found Theisen on the back post for the redirection into the net to put the Saints up by a goal late in the second period.
Aside from the two goals against, Brizgala was solid, especially after giving up 10 goals total in his last two starts for the Jacks.
Muskegon’s Collin Adams, a New York Islanders prospect, tied the game at one, just five minutes after Theisen’s first goal. He stripped the puck away from Veli-Matti Tiuraniemi and walked in on Castor and found the top shelf for the tying goal. Adams now ranks third in league goal scoring with eight goals.
Muskegon outshot the Saints 7-3 in the final frame, but Castor held the fort and led the Fighting Saints to the team’s second home win of the season. He repeatedly stonewalled Muskegon, with a big save on both Bo Hanson and Casey Gilling, which again kept the one-goal lead safe.
Tonight’s game marked the end of the six-game power play goal-scoring streak. However, it did also snap a two-game losing streak for the Saints, and a two-game winning streak for the Lumberjacks.
The Saints, now within three standings points of the Muskegon Lumberjacks, take them on once again for Bernie for President Night, on Saturday, November 5 at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 563.583.6880, or by going to DubuqueFightingSaints.com.