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By Jack Milewski, 11/06/19, 4:15PM CST


Saints Forward First Player To Commit During Regular Season

DUBUQUE, Iowa — Saints forward Antonio Venuto became the first player for the Saints during the 2019-20 regular season to commit to college, announcing he will commit to Ferris State on Wednesday afternoon. Venuto, in his first season in the USHL, has been a solid piece on a deep Fighting Saints roster.

“It’s no surprise Antonio has earned a scholarship with Ferris State,” said Saints head coach Oliver David “He shows up every day, doesn’t do anything casually and has earned the trust and respect of his teammates and coaches during this early stage of the season. I’m very confident he will do the same at Ferris State.”

Venuto has played in all situations for the Fighting Saints this season, making his mark by being a shutdown player late in games. Two of his three goals have come to ice games while the other team has been up six on five. Venuto has three goals and one assist in nine games and is tied with Riese Gaber for the Saints lead with two game winning goals.

“I am truly grateful and honored to be playing at such a great organization like Ferris State,” said Venuto. “They have a great coaching staff that makes players the best they can be. I am excited to go play there and to further my education.”

Before coming to the Dubuque Fighting Saints, Venuto played in the NAHL with the Jamestown Rebels. Last season with the Rebels Venuto had 28 points, on 15 goals and 13 assists, in 53 games. Dubuque has now had a Ferris State commit on the team in back to back seasons as Dallas Tulik was committed there last season.