The Dubuque Fighting Saints hit the halfway part of their season with an emphatic 9-3 win on Thursday night against the NTDP U-17’s. Dubuque scored four in the first, three in the second and two in the third to down the U-17’s in the two team’s final game this season. Dubuque secured multi-point games from Braden Doyle, Aidan Fulp, Matthew Kopperud, Stephen Halliday, Ty and Dylan Jackson, Riese Gaber and Mark Cheremeta, en route to the victory. In total, 11 players notched a point for Dubuque as they grabbed their 22nd win in their 31st game.
-It took Dubuque just 20 seconds to get on the board as Dylan Jackson scored the opening goal. Dubuque would add two more in the first 10 minutes as Stephen Halliday and Matthew Kopperud scored for Dubuque as well.
-The Saints extended their lead to four as Mark Cheremeta capitalized on a 4 on 1 rush. Cheremeta posted three points in the first period as the Saints jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first 12 minutes.
-Team USA was able to get one back later in the period. Jack Devine scored on the first power play of the game for the U-17’s, snapping a streak of 21 straight penalty kills by the Saints. The goal was Devine’s fifth point of the season against Dubuque.
-Dubuque didn’t waste much time getting on the board in the second period. Less than two minutes in, Ty Jackson received a pass from Antonio Venuto and popped it past Gibson Homer for a 5-1 advantage.
-Ben Schultheis scored the sixth of the game for the Saints off a blast from the point after Stephen Halliday’s pass found him. Ty added another just 19 seconds after.
-Despite two goals in the period from Team USA, Dubuque was still able to build on their lead, carrying a 7-3 advantage in to the third period.
-The seven goals through two periods are the most goals Dubuque has scored through the first two periods this season.
-Dubuque equaled their season high in goals early in the third period as they hit eight with Riese Gaber’s 21st of the season.
-Matthew Kopperud ended up with the final goal of the game, the ninth of the game for Dubuque. The nine goals in the game were the most in a single game this season for the Fighting Saints and the six-goal differential is tied for the largest margin of victory for Dubuque this year.
Dubuque will hit the road tonight as they make the trek to Omaha, with a Friday night contest scheduled against the Lancers. Dubuque is set to square off against Lincoln on Saturday to complete their three in three.