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PRESS RELEASE: FIGHTING SAINTS FINALIZE 2019-20 REGULAR SEASON ROSTER

By Jack Milewski, 09/24/19, 12:15PM CDT

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Dubuque Begins Season At Fall Classic In Pittsburgh

DUBUQUE, Iowa — The Dubuque Fighting Saints have released their roster ahead of their opening regular season games at the 2019 USHL Fall Classic. The Saints roster will include seven players who skated in at least 20 games with the team last year. In addition, Dubuque added Stephen Halliday and Ben Schultheis who both played 20-plus games in the USHL last season as well. The experienced roster will hit the road for the first two games of the season on September 26th and 27th at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, just north of Pittsburgh.

Riese Gaber, Ty Jackson, Dylan Jackson, Aidan Fulp, Kaelan Taylor, Michael Feenstra, and Luke Robinson are the seven players returning with considerable experience on the Fighting Saints from last season’s team. In addition, Ryan Beck, Braden Doyle, Wyatt Kaiser and Ian Pierce were all part of the Saints organization last season and will now assume larger roles with the team.

In net, Dubuque liked what they saw from all three netminders during the preseason. Hobie Hedquist will head to the affiliate list, while Erik Portillo and Aidan McCarthy will be the two between the pipes this season for Dubuque. Both McCarthy and Portillo looked strong during the preseason for the Fighting Saints.

Mark Cheremeta was dynamic all preseason long for the Fighting Saints and should provide a scoring touch with plenty of veteran leadership as well this season. Likewise, 1999 birth-year Matthew Kopperud will provide experience and a shoot-first mentality that Dubuque was looking for this offseason.

The Fighting Saints kick off their 2019-20 season at the USHL Fall Classic with a 10am (9am Central) puck drop on Thursday. Dubuque will be back in action Friday at the same time. The Fighting Saints home opener will be October 5th against the Madison Capitols, with puck drop at 7:05 p.m.

The full roster is listed below:

Ryan Beck

Belle Tire U16

F

Mark Cheremeta

Boston University

F

Robert Cronin

The Gunnery Prep

F

Braden Doyle

Lawrence Academy

D

Michael Feenstra

Dubuque Fighting Saints

D

Aidan Fulp

Dubuque Fighting Saints

D

Riese Gaber

Dubuque Fighting Saints

F

Jimmy Glynn

Jamestown Rebels

F

Stephen Halliday

Central Illinois Flying Aces

F

Dylan Jackson

Dubuque Fighting Saints

F

Ty Jackson

Dubuque Fighting Saints

F

Wyatt Kaiser

Andover High School

D

Matthew Kopperud

Merritt Centennials

F

Jack Conroy

Odessa Jackalopes

F

Aidan McCarthy

Victory Honda U18

G

Thomas Middleton

Janesville Jets

F

Reggie Millette

Austin Bruins

F

Ian Pierce

Kent School 

D

Erik Portillo

Frolunda Indians J20

G

Luke Robinson

Dubuque Fighting Saints

D

Ben Schultheis

Minnesota Magicians

D

Kaelan Taylor

Dubuque Fighting Saints

D

Antonio Venuto

Jamestown Rebels

F

Riley Stuart

Phoenix Jr. Coyotes

F