The Dubuque Fighting Saints controlled the play from start to finish, dominating Lincoln and winning 5-1 on Saturday night. Riese Gaber scored a pair, Ty and Dylan Jackson had multi-point nights and the Saints snapped a streak of eight straight one goal games.
-The five goals scored by Dubuque were the most since a mid-october win over Des Moines. They were tied 1-1 after one, then up 3-1 after two and finished the game with a Gaber flurry to close things out.
-Erik Portillo was once again a main story for Dubuque, allowing just one goal for the Saints. He allowed two on the weekend and now leads the USHL with eight wins.
-Dubuque used strong board play all game but their speed and skill on the rush made the difference in the game. Dubuque scored another power play goal as well giving them power play tallies in back to back games.
-Oliver David flipped the lines for Dubuque and the team executed. The Saints were dynamic from top to bottom all night, surging with four balanced lines. It will be hard for Dubuque to go away from those combos.
-Dubuque scored a huge goal to end the second period as Ty Jackson scored with just 6.3 left in the period. Dylan’s patience created an opening for Ty.
-Dubuque was dynamic on the PK in the game. They took the most penalties of any of their games this season, but the kill came up large
-Antonio Venuto’s goal was his fourth of the season on a great acrobatic play in the second period. Venuto fell to his knees and batted the puck past Ryan McInchak who was down and out on the ice.
-Dubuque took three penalties in the first period, their most undisciplined period of the season. Lincoln took two and both teams traded goals on the man advantage. Dylan Jackson’s power play goal was his eight of the season overall for Dubuque.
-Ryan Beck was shut down on a penalty shot to end the first period as no time remained on the clock when Beck took the shot.
-The Fighting Saints won’t play another home game until the first weekend in December. Dubuque’s schedule has been choppy to begin the season in the sense that there haven’t been many and in fact any weekends where they have played one home and one away game.
-Next on the docket for Dubuque, a two-game weekend on the road against Des Moines and Waterloo. The Saints have already beaten Des Moines on the road this season and are 0-1 against Waterloo with a 3-2 loss at home.