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PREVIEW: Storm vs. Fighting Saints 12/17

By Jordan Kuhns, 12/17/16, 1:30PM CST

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DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS (15-8-2)
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TRI-CITY STORM (9-11-4)
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SCOUTING REPORT
 

DOP GETS IT DONE...In net for regular Dayton Rasmussen, Eric Dop has taken over the reins and has given the Tri-City Storm a chance to win every night. Since he became the starter in Rasmussen’s absence, the Bowling Green State commit is 2-2-0, with a 1.91 goals-against average, and a .930 save percentage. Dop made 20 saves in last night’s win over Dubuque.

GOTTA GET MORE...The Fighting Saints have suffered two 5-1 losses in the last three games. The third period has been the ultimate Achilles’ heel for the Saints, as they have been outscored 5-1 in the final frame. Granted, the two goals on Friday were of the empty-net variety, but Dubuque was only able to generate a power play goal from forward Cole Guttman.

STORM RISING...All-time, the Dubuque Fighting Saints hold the advantage against the Tri-City Storm, winning five of the seven meetings at the Mystique Community Ice Center, and 10 of 13. However, the Storm have taken two of the last three regular season meetings, and all three postseason meetings in May, 2016. The Saints have been outscored by Tri-City 11-5 in the last three regular season meetings.


THE NEED-TO-KNOW


OFFENSE FROM DEFENSE...Tri-City’s impressive defense corps rose to the occasion in last night’s game. Joseph Campolieto and Bryan Yoon both had multi-point efforts, and Joey Matthews stashed a late goal to add to the party. The Pennsylvanian, Campolieto, now ranks tied for third in league defensive scoring with three goals, and second on the team among defensemen with 9 points.

BACH AGAIN...Linus Weissbach continued his strong roll for Tri-City with a goal last night. That goal gave him two goals and six assists in his six games, moving him into a tie for second place in team scoring alongside teammate Charlie Kelleher. With his current scoring rate, he should be on pace for a strong, 47-point season with the Storm, which would be comparable to his output in Sweden.

GONE FOR A GAME...Defenseman Patrick Kudla will miss tonight’s game with a suspension. The Guelph, Ontario native ranks tied for fifth in defensive scoring in the league, even in the midst of a drought that has seen him go without tallying a point in five games—the longest stretch in his USHL career. Tonight, the Saints will dress six defensemen.


STAT OF THE NIGHT
 

GET THE FIRST ONE...Dubuque’s .844 winning percentage when scoring the first goal is one of the best in the league. Only Omaha (14) has won more games than the Fighting Saints have (13) when scoring first. Tri-City stands at 7-3-2 when notching the first goal.

FORT HOLDS STRONG...Even in the midst of the losing slide the Fighting Saints are in the midst of, they continue to allow the fewest shots in the league per game (23.96), and the fewest shots on goal in general (599). The flip side of the coin has been a struggle, as their 27.28 shots for are fifth from the bottom.