After a Wednesday night win over the Madison Capitols, the Dubuque Fighting Saints will face one of their stiffest tests of the season in the Tri-City Storm. Dubuque, now just two points out of fifth in the Eastern Conference, will look to go toe to toe with the top team in the league as they square off twice this weekend.
-Tri-City is well ahead of the pack when it comes to the Anderson Cup race. The Anderson Cup is awarded to the top regular season team in the USHL. Currently, Tri-City has 85 points, nine more than the Muskegon Lumberjacks.
-Dubuque is coming off another win over Madison. Aaron Randazzo secured his ninth win of the season with a 26-save victory. Dubuque got out to a 3-0 lead before holding on after Madison rallied but couldn’t complete the comeback.
-Riese Gaber continued his torrid stretch to begin the month of March. Gaber has a seven-game point streak and in those seven games he has 11 points. The North Dakota commit sits second on the Fighting Saints with 42 points.
-Ryder Donovan played in his first game for the Fighting Saints this season and showed some promise. The Duluth-East product had three shots on goal and looked dangerous on several occasions. Donovan will be with the Saints for the remainder of the season.
-Tri-City is a balanced team, but their calling card is the way they play defense. The Storm have allowed 2.22 goals per game this season. If the mark stands it would be fourth best since 2010-11. Tri-City have five shutouts this season, which is third best in the league.
-The Storm made big moves before the trade deadline to solidify their offense. Tri-City acquired Shane Pinto and Brendan Furry to sure up an already solid offense. Since coming to the Storm Pinto has 17 points in 18 games and Furry has 28 points in 28 games.
-Dubuque will look to reverse their theme of starting hot and slowing down these last few weeks. During the first three weeks of March, Dubuque has won their first game and then lost the second. The Fighting Saints would need multiple two-win weekends to claw back in a position to host a first-round game.
-Tri-City is on a six-game winning streak since losing their first game of March to Sioux Falls. The Storm have scored four goals or more in each of their last five games. Tri-City is coming off a 4-2 win over Lincoln on Tuesday.
-Last year, the Fighting Saints and Storm split their season series. Dubuque won 4-2 and then lost 1-0 in overtime.