DUBUQUE, Iowa — While the #SolowStreak ended at 20 games, one game short of tying a USHL Tier I record, Cole Guttman, with his overtime goal, found himself halfway there. The California kid scored 90 seconds into overtime, lifting the Dubuque Fighting Saints to a 2-1 victory over the Youngstown Phantoms on Friday night at the Mystique Community Ice Center.
Guttman took a slick feed at the left circle from defenseman Jeff Baum, and wired a blast from the left circle through Phantoms goaltender Ivan Kulbakov to send the fans home happy. It was Guttman’s second overtime game-winning goal, and he remained the only Dubuque Fighting Saint to tally an overtime goal this season.
During the St. Cloud State commit’s 10-game point streak, Guttman has scored 10 goals and 5 assists, which is the top mark in the league dating back ten games.
The Phantoms picked up a point in the standings with the overtime defeat, and they sent it there in the midnight hour. With Kulbakov at the bench for the extra attacker, defenseman Alec Mahalak slipped a shot through a bevy of traffic in front of Jaxon Castor, and tied the game at one with less than a minute to go in the game.
Castor did not start the game due to an equipment issue, and the team needed some assistance from Evan Fear, who slammed the door shut with 13 saves in the first period alone. Castor made 26 saves in relief en route to his 19th win of the season, which continued to remain tied with Sioux City’s Matiss Kivlenieks for the top spot in the league.
Brendan Bushy got the scoring started for the Fighting Saints with his first USHL goal, which came in the first period. Taylor Brierley set Bushy up with a D-to-D pass, and he fired a shot that got through traffic and into the net to give the Fighting Saints the 1-0 lead.
Neither team scored on the power play. The Saints were outshot 40-22 for the game.
These two teams go right back after it on Saturday, January 21 at 7:05 p.m. Join the action for Johnny Gaudreau Night, sponsored by Dubuque Fire Equipment. The first 1,000 fans to enter Our House will receive a Johnny Gaudreau bobblehead, featuring the iconic moment of winning the Clark Cup in 2011. For tickets, call the box office at 563.583.6880, or go to DubuqueFightingSaints.com.