DUBUQUE, Iowa — Three goals in the span of one minute and five seconds propelled the Dubuque Fighting Saints to a 4-0 win over the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. Jaxon Castor also pitched his second shutout in a row, and third shutout of the season, en route to the win on Friday night at the Mystique Community Ice Center.
Zach Solow, Colin Theisen and Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup scored in expedient fashion for the Fighting Saints, who have now won three games in a row, and four of the last five. The Saints rallied around a 14-5 shot advantage in the first period.
Solow’s point streak continued on a cross-crease dish by Regen Cavanagh at the netmouth, as the Floridian forward redirected a shot past the outstretched Rider goaltender Zack LaRocque to make it 1-0 at 16:12 of the first period. Solow picked up right where he left off with a primary assist on a gorgeous goal by Theisen at 16:55, his sixth goal of the season.
The streak now stands at seven consecutive games, and 10 of his last 11.
To cap off the scoring rush, Schmidt-Svejstrup pounced on a loose puck at the side of the gaping goal off of an Austin Rueschhoff shot from the right circle, and rammed home the rebound for his first USHL goal. That goal came at 17:17.
Quinn Preston capped the scoring for the Fighting Saints after gritty work in the offensive zone. Jacob Hamacher and Alex Steeves combined to work the puck to Preston from a sharp angle, and somehow worked the puck past LaRocque to complete the Saints’ scoring attack on the night.
Castor made 21 saves on the night in his third-star performance. It was the 15th win of his USHL career.
The penalty kill also rose to the occasion for the Saints. They forced the Riders to go 0-for-7 on the night, continuing the streak at 44 of the last 45 power plays killed off by the league’s second-best penalty-killing unit. CR’s last-place PK stopped all four chances on the man advantage for the Saints.
The weekend continues for the Fighting Saints, who take on the Madison Capitols from the Alliant Energy Center on Saturday, November 19 at 7:05 p.m. Join all of the action on the radio home of the Saints, Dubuque’s Super Hits 106.1 FM, or on the USHL’s streaming video provider, HockeyTV.