The Dubuque Fighting Saints closed their regular season with a 6-2 loss to the Waterloo Black Hawks. Waterloo used four goals in the last six minutes to hop over the Fighting Saints and clinch a first-round bye in the Clark Cup Playoffs. Dubuque was dead even with Waterloo both nights for most of the game, but Waterloo used a few quick bursts to make the difference in both games. Dubuque is the sixth seed in the East and will battle Youngstown in round one.
-Dubuque dropped both games against the Black Hawks to end the season. Despite the final score in game two, it was largely a close game both nights. Dubuque went toe to toe with Waterloo for 110 of the 120 minutes this weekend.
-Waterloo had a lot to play for this weekend and they showed up with some big performances both nights. The Black Hawks were stellar defensively in both games, allowing just three goals. Evan Fear played both games in net.
-Waterloo scored four goals in the final six minutes for Waterloo to make the difference in game two. Waterloo needed a win to clinch the first-round bye and were able to get just that with the clutch scoring. The Black Hawks will now have a week of rest before their next game.
-Dubuque will head to Youngstown after the game tonight as they face the Phantoms for the first time since December 30th. Youngstown was 3-1 during the regular season against Dubuque and they have been red-hot as of late.
-Matias Maccelli tied Erik Haula in the game for most points in a single season among Finnish-born players. Maccelli also has the most points from a first-year draft eligible player since Kyle Connor had 80 in 2014-15. Maccelli’s 72 points tie Johnny Gaudreau for second most in a Tier-1 season in Dubuque history.
-The Saints won their first-round matchup last season against the Green Bay Gamblers in two games and are looking for the same success this season. The series against Youngstown will start on Monday with puck drop slated for 6:05 Central. The series is a best of three with the Phantoms hosting all three games.
-Dubuque’s next home game would be on April 23rd in the Eastern Semi’s. The Fighting Saints need a first-round win and then will guarantee themselves at least one home game.