Aidan McCarthy made 18 saves to pick up his first USHL shutout and Braden Doyle scored the only goal of the game on the power play as Dubuque beat Sioux City 1-0. The Fighting Saints found yet another way to win as they got back to their defensive ways in their finest performance to date. Dubuque is now 6-0 on the season, tied with Waterloo for the top mark in the league.
-McCarthy wasn’t as busy as he was in his first USHL start, but the netminder made key saves to help his team to victory. The blocked was working overtime for McCarthy as he made roughly half of his saves with the waffle board.
-Dubuque didn’t pick up their first shutout of the season until March last year. This season it took them all of six games. The defense was also particularly stout in the victory as Dubuque blocked 10 shots in the game.
-Braden Doyle continued his progression and picked up the slack offensively as he netted the only goal of the night on the power play. Doyle curled and dragged from the far point in to the high-slot and wired a wrister past Ethan Haider.
-Haider was fantastic all night long for Sioux City. He made 29 stops but the offense couldn’t help him. A night after scoring eight goals Sioux City couldn’t find one. The Musketeers looked strong in the first period, but they didn’t produce many shots all game.
-Dubuque is now 4-0 this season in one goal games. They have beaten Madison twice, Des Moines once and Sioux City once all by one goal. All of the one goal games have also been very different games as the Saints put together their best defensive performance of the season in the latest win.
-The 6-0 start to the season is the third best start to a Fighting Saints season in the Tier-1 era. Dubuque has started a season 7-0 and 9-0 since 2010 and they seem primed to challenge those numbers the way they are playing.
-All night, Ian Pierce Michael Feenstra and the rest of the defense played exceptional for Dubuque. Feenstra and Pierce played arguably their best games this season as they both logged big minutes and played solid defense. Pierce was especially noticeable, throwing his weight around along with Ben Schultheis who was a force.
-Dubuque will have a full week off before they play next as they will head to Plymouth Michigan to take on the U’17s. Dubuque was 1-0 last season against the younger NTDP team.