DUBUQUE, Iowa — Matias Maccelli made USHL history this weekend as he tied the record for highest scoring Finnish-born player in a single season in USHL Tier-1 history. Maccelli matched Erik Haula, who had 72 points during the 2009-2010 USHL season. Haula, now a member of the Vegas Golden Knights in the NHL, had 28 goals and 44 assists. This season, Maccelli finished with 31 goals and 41 assists.
Not only did Maccelli equal the highest scoring single season for a Finnish-born player, it also tied the highest scoring single season for a Scandinavian-born player in Tier-1 history. Maccelli finished the year behind just Daniil Tarasov on the Tier-1 scoring list for European-born players. Maccelli’s historic season was a big reason why the Saints were able to claim a ninth-straight berth in the Clark Cup Playoffs.
Maccelli became just the 5th Fighting Saint in the Tier-1 era to record at least 30 goals in a single season. His six game-winning goals were one off the Dubuque Tier-1 record. In addition, his 72 points were second most in a single season during the Tier-1 era, tying him with Johnny Gaudreau for second on that list. Maccelli was only four points behind Mike Szmatula, who holds the mark at 76 points. This year, Maccelli had 22 multi-point games, a Dubuque Tier-1 record. He tallied the second longest point-streak in Dubuque’s Tier-1 history at 15 games as well.
Maccelli will look to continue his fantastic season as the Saints head to the playoffs with their first game against the Youngstown Phantoms on Monday. Maccelli appeared in five playoff games last season for Dubuque, adding an assist in those games. Dubuque will be on the road for their first round series with puck drop slated for 6:05 central.