A Riese Gaber shorthanded goal proved to be decisive in the third period as Dubuque got by the Madison Capitols 4-3 to improve to 2-0 on the early season. Gaber had two goals while Ryan Beck and Dylan Jackson also tallied, and Dubuque killed off a 6 on 4 for the last 30 seconds to win. Madison played a strong offensive game, but Dubuque’s high-powered skaters did just a bit more.
-Gaber was even better today than he was yesterday. The speedy center was all over the ice, creating chances on nearly every shift. His first goal tied the game for the second day in a row and he scored on a nifty backhand to give Dubuque the lead for good on a shorthanded rush.
-Aidan McCarthy got the start in net for Dubuque and made a few strong saves to keep Madison at bay when they were pressing. Both teams controlled the play at different times in the game and McCarthy was solid for Dubuque. Both Portillo and McCarthy leave Pittsburgh with wins.
-Madison got the scoring started on a 2-1 less than five minutes into the game. After that, the Capitols controlled the pace for the first half of the period. Last season Madison struggled offensively, but this season in the very small sample size, the Capitols seem to have better scoring.
-Ryan Beck had a strong game for Dubuque, notching his first goal of the regular season. Beck split time with various wingers and was one of the better skaters on the ice for Dubuque.
-Carson Bantle scored on the power play for Madison, giving him goals in back to back games. Bantle was on the top line with fellow returnees in Kristoff Papp and Reid Pabich. The line was the top one for the Capitols through the entire game and with their experience will likely be leaned on heavily this season.
-Dubuque did not score on the power play in the game despite some good opportunities. The Saints did tally shorthanded and were still able to create chances in every situation. They outshot their opponent for the second day in a row at the Fall Classic.
-After averaging five goals a game in the preseason, Dubuque had four in each of their first two regular season games. Once again, the offense showed it could generate even more than the four goals as Dubuque rolled four effective lines.
-The Saints will have a week off before their next game against the Capitols. Dubuque will host their home opener on October 5th as it will be the only game of the weekend when they take on Madison. Puck drop is set for 7:05 and tickets are on sale at DubuqueFightingSaints.com or by calling 563.583.6880.