DUBUQUE, Iowa — The Dubuque Fighting Saints scored twice in the first period, and never looked back, as they dominated the rest of the way in a 5-2 win over the Madison Capitols on Monday night at the Mystique Community Ice Center.
The Saints outshot the Caps 39-16 for the game, and never allowed Madison more than 10 shots on goal in a single period. The first period is where they did the real damage, as the top line came to life to send the Saints on their way for the rest of the game.
Just over four minutes into the first, Colin Theisen took a feed from Zach Solow from behind the net, and stashed a backhander through Madison starter Daniel Lebedeff to start the scoring. Solow’s primary assist kept the point streak going to 16 games, and gave Theisen goals in three of the last four games.
Solow continued the scoring of his own accord with a half-speed slap shot from the right circle that leaked through and into the net to make it 2-0 Dubuque.
Madison attempted to battle back in response to the Saints’ two goals in the second period, courtesy Cole Guttman and Quinn Preston, as Cole Hults buried a power play goal with just under two minutes to play in the middle frame.
Guttman now has nine goals in his last twelve games. Preston’s point streak was extended to six games, with four goals and six assists inclusive.
The Fighting Saints erased that Madison goal with one of their own, as Jacob Hamacher ended an extended shift in the offensive zone with a shot to the top shelf over Lebedeff’s shoulder at 14:31 of the third, and put the insurance marker up for good. Madison would get a late breakaway goal from Vincent De Mey, who has scored all three of his USHL goals against Dubuque.
Dubuque’s power play is now 8 for its last 15 over the past two games, for a success rate of 53.3%. The team’s defense also closed the door, as they limited the Caps to just three shots on goal in the first period alone.
Jaxon Castor picked up the win for the Saints with a 14-save effort. His 16th win of the season ties him with Sioux City’s Matiss Kivlenieks for the league lead in that respect.
The Fighting Saints return to action with two games this upcoming weekend. Dubuque will be in Bloomington on Friday, and they will return home to take on these same Madison Capitols on Saturday, January 6 at 7:05 p.m. Secure your spot in the home ice advantage by calling the box office at 563.583.6880, or by going to DubuqueFightingSaints.com.