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Saints Scribbles: Portillo's 35-Save Performance Helps Dubuque Beat Omaha 3-2

By Jack Milewski, 01/24/20, 10:45PM CST

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Gaber and Dylan Jackson Score in Shootout

Behind a 35-save performance from Erik Portillo, the Dubuqu Fighting Saints were able to get a gutsy two points against the Omaha Lancers on Friday night. The 3-2 shootout win was Dubuque’s third win in a row and the Saints second shootout win of the season. Dubuque will try to complete a rare three in three sweep as they travel to Lincoln tomorrow.

-The game started off quickly for the Lancers as they pushed their fourth shot of the game past Portillo. Alex Campbell, the leading scorer for Omaha, notched his 10th goal of the season.

-Dubuque was able to answer less than two minutes after, as Stephen Halliday scored on a juicy rebound. Halliday’s goal was his fourth in as many games as his hot streak for the Saints continues.

-The teams traded blows in the second period as well, this time with Dubuque scoring first. Evan Stella blasted a shot from the point on the power play for his first USHL goal. Stella has points in two of the last three games.

-Omaha outshot the Saints 37-22 in the game, but Portillo was phenomenal all game long. It was the third game in a row that Portillo managed 30-plus saves. In his first 17 games he had to make 30 saves or more just once.

-Riese Gaber and Dylan Jackson scored in the shootout for the Saints. Dylan fired a wrister past the Omaha tender and then Gaber put on the moves to slide the puck past Kyle McClellan.

-Dubuque proved they can win in multiple ways. After blowing out Team USA, the Saints defense showed up again. Dubuque has averaged just over 2.4 goals allowed per game.

-Omaha moved to 1-1 in shootouts and just 5-14 when allowing three goals or more. Though Omaha carried play for long stretches they couldn’t string enough chances together.

-Dubuque is back in action tomorrow against Lincoln as they close out their three in three. Dubuque will be looking for a season sweep of Lincoln as well.