The Dubuque Fighting Saints remained unbeaten in regulation with a hard fought 4-3 win over the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders on Saturday night. Dubuque secured the lead in the second period and never looked back as they grabbed goals from Jimmy Glynn, Riese Gaber, Ty Jackson and Antonio Venuto in the win. Dubuque is now 3-0 to start the season at Mystique Community Ice Center.
-Dubuque fell behind early on a CR power play goal and were down 1-0 after the first period. CR remains the top first period team in the league with a plus-11 differential.
-The Saints stormed back in the second period with 10 shots in the first five minutes and proceeded to notch two goals in that span as well. First it was Jimmy Glynn with a power play goal as he banged away on a rebound. Shortly after Gaber followed a shot from Mark Cheremeta to give the Saints the 2-1 lead.
-That lead swelled to two when Dubuque got a goal from Jackson, his fourth of the season. Ty now has points in six straight and leads Dubuque with 12 points total.
-CR fought back at the end with a late goal after a Venuto empty netter. The empty netter became the game winner for Dubuque as the RoughRiders scored with 3.3 left. The goal came from Ben Meehan and was his seventh of the season.
-Erik Portillo had another strong game in net for Dubuque. He picked up win six on the year and leads the USHL in that category.
-The Saints outshot the RoughRiders in the game and now have outshot their opponents in every game this season. Dubuque generated multiple chances that didn’t result in goals but Derek Mullahey kept CR in the game in the second period.
-With points in 9 straight games to start the season, Dubuque has grabbed points in that many to begin a year for the second time in their Tier-1 history. The other occasion was 2012-13 when the Saints won their first nine games of the season.
-Dubuque showed up offensively in the game after a slow night last night against Omaha. The Saints showed they can be a shut down defensive team but also show up on the scoresheet often in the win Saturday.
-Next up for the Saints, a week off and then two more home games as they take on Waterloo and Fargo at home next weekend. Dubuque is tied with Waterloo in the Cowbell Cup standings.