For the second time in as many games, the Fighting Saints downed the Madison Capitols in a one goal game. Dubuque skated past Madison with a 3-2 win on Saturday night, holding on in the final seconds as the Capitols tallied late to make it 3-2 but couldn’t grab the equalizer. Antonio Venuto scored the game winning goal and Mark Cheremeta and Matthew Kopperud both turned in multi-point efforts in the win.
-Dubuque snapped a two-game losing streak in home openers with the 3-2 win. The Saints are now 7-3 in their home openers dating back to 2010-11. Dubuque started a season 3-0 for the fourth time in the Tier-1 era.
-Cheremeta’s two-point game was his second multi-point game of the season. He had a three-point game against Muskegon to start the season. Cheremeta tallied on the power play and then assisted on Venuto’s power play goal.
-For the 20th time in 32 Tier-1 meetings, the Fighting Saints and the Capitols skated to a one-goal finish. The Capitols lost a league-high 19 one goal games last season and they have already lost two this year, both to Dubuque.
-Carson Bantle continued his hot start to the season with the opening goal of the game. Bantle now has seven points in four games. He finished last season with 20 points and is over a third of the way there already. Bantle was largely shutdown after the first period by the Saints.
-Erik Portillo picked up his second win of the season in as many tries. Portillo stopped 22 of 24 shots and now has a 1.50 goals against and a .953 save percentage. Portillo made key stops when he had to and had little chance on either goal scored by Madison.
-Simon Latkoczy was just as good, if not better for the Capitols. He made 33 stops on 36 shots and for the second time against the Saints kept the score close. The Capitols keeper was electric on several stops and was the difference between a one goal game and a bigger win for Dubuque.
-The three goals scored by Dubuque were their fewest in seven total games, including the preseason. Dubuque’s offense still created chances, but Madison threw their body and sticks in lanes all night and were tough to get around.
-The power play was dynamic and the difference maker for Dubuque. The Saints were 2-4 on the man advantage and both of their third period goals came on the PP.
-Dubuque has now relinquished the first goal in all three of their games. Each time Dubuque has scored to tie it after and gone on to win the game.
-Dubuque’s next game will be against the defending Anderson Cup champion Tri-City Storm as they take the road and visit Tri-City for the first time in two seasons. Puck drop will be next Sunday at 4:00 pm from the Viaero center.