DUBUQUE, Iowa — The Fighting Saints season came to an end short of the team’s ultimate goal of a sixth Clark Cup. Despite that fact, the Fighting Saints celebrated another successful season in Dubuque with multiple individual and organizational accomplishments. The Fighting Saints will look to return stronger than ever for the 2019-2020 season.
-Multiple players skated in their 100th USHL games this season for Dubuque. Chris Lipe, James Sanchez, Verners Egle, Jacob Semik, Logan Pietila and J.D. Greenway all recorded their 100th USHL games this season.
-Willie Knierim recorded his 100th USHL point, becoming just the fifth Fighting Saint in Tier-1 era to hit that mark. Knierim had his highest point total in his third season with Dubuque. Knierim also became the organizations leader in penalty minutes this season as well.
-Head Coach Oliver David notched his 50th victory with the team, in just his second season with Dubuque. David grabbed the victory in a 6-0 romp of the Madison Capitols on March 15th.
-Matias Maccelli recorded numerous accomplishments this season for Dubuque. The forward became the second highest scoring Saint in a single season during the Tier-1 era with 72 points. Maccelli tied Erik Haula’s record for most points in a single season by a Finnish-born player in USHL history. He also notched a 15-game point streak, marking the second longest streak in Saints Tier-1 history.
-Matthew Thiessen notched a 44-save shutout against the Chicago Steel on April 6th, marking the most saves made in a shutout for the Saints in the Tier-1 era.
-Mason McCormick was named the USHL Scholar-Athlete of the year, giving the award to a Fighting Saints player for the second straight season. Ty Jackson also joined McCormick on the All-Academic team. In addition, Matias Maccelli was named a member of the USHL All-Second Team.
-The Saints extended their playoff streak, making the playoffs and winning at least one round for the ninth-straight season. Dubuque was the sixth-seed in the East and upset Youngstown 2-0 in round one.
-The Saints announced their team awards earlier this season as well. Dubuque named their MVP, Rookie of the Year and Coaches Award among others. Here is the full list of team awards as selected by players and coaches:
MVP: Matias Maccelli
Leading Scorer: Matias Maccelli
Coaches Award: Riese Gaber
Rookie of the Year: Ty and Dylan Jackson
JoAnne Gibson Academic Award: Ty Jackson
Bill Snook Community Award: Jacob Semik and Logan Pietila
-Dubuque’s fans continued to support the Fighting Saints both in the stands but also through generous donations during jersey auctions. Dubuque raised over $12,000 through their jersey auction for Childhood Cancer Awareness, over $15,000 for Military Appreciation Night and over $10,000 for Hockey For All and the United Way.
-The Fighting Saints participated in the first ever Hockey For All Month, promoting diversity and inclusion. Dubuque became the first USHL team to take part in such an initiative, borrowing from the NHL’s Hockey Is For Everyone. Dubuque partnered with John Deere and the United Way during the month-long initiative.
-The Saints also had a first during their annual Autism Awareness night. Dubuque players painted helmets alongside children with autism from Unified Therapy. The custom helmets were auctioned off postgame, with funds heading back to Unified Therapy.
The Saints will look to continue to uphold their organizational standards heading in to next season as the team will celebrate their 10th Anniversary back in Dubuque. The Saints would like to once again thank their fans for all the support throughout the year as the team, coaches and staff set their sights and the 2019-20 season.