The Fighting Saints got a hard-fought point against the Tri-City Storm on Friday night as Dubuque battled back in the third period to force overtime but ultimately fell 4-3. The Fighting Saints picked up a point against the best team in the USHL but couldn’t get a bounce to secure the win. Head Coach Oliver David said he felt it was one of the better efforts from the team all season.
-For two teams that don’t see each other much, the game was chippy from the get-go. Both teams had players leave due to injury as Joe Moleenar and James Sanchez exited after big hits. Penalties played a big part in the game and could even be labeled a difference maker.
-Tri-City scored twice on the power play and again with the power play just expiring. The Storm, who have two of the best offensive defensemen in the league, tallied off quick shots from the point and perimeter.
-Dubuque has allowed just two five on five goals in the last five games. Dubuque has played immaculate defense when at even strength. The difference tonight was two power play goals and a three on three overtime goal.
-Sanchez scored the second goal of the game for the Saints and now has three goals in his two games back. Sanchez did not play after the midway point in the second period. Riese Gaber was a firecracker for Dubuque as well. He tallied his 20th goal of the season on his patented breakaway move.
-Dubuque was up 2-0 after one and dominated play in the first period. The Fighting Saints were largely the better team in the third period as well. The second period was what did Dubuque in as Tri-City scored all three of their regulation goals in that period.
-The Storm remained perfect when leading after two periods of play. Tri-City needed extra time, but they moved to 35-0 when leading after two. Dubuque tied the game close to mid-way through the period on a tic-tac-toe goal from Gaber to Aidan Fulp to Dylan Jackson.
-Ronnie Attard is the name to watch on the blue line for Tri-City, but it was the Zac Jones show for Tri-City tonight. Jones factored in to all four goals and had one goal and three assists on the night. Jones is closing in on the 50-point mark, with 47 this season.
-The overtime winner was scored by Mike Koster. It was his first goal of the season and just third USHL goal. Koster was named first star.
-Gaber, Dylan and Ty Jackson were once again phenomenal. Dylan had a two point game and the line proved to be the most effective offensive line for the Saints once again. Gaber has an eight game point streak heading in to tomorrow.