Dubuque scored four goals in the first period en route to a dominant end to the weekend with a 6-2 win over the Madison Capitols. Dubuque scored 33 seconds in and never looked back as the hopped all over Madison before the Capitols could get settled. It was the third win of the season for Dubuque over Madison. Nine Saints recorded points in the victory.
-Mark Cheremeta continued his strong weekend with a near mirror-image of the goal he scored to open the game last night. Antonio Venuto set him up with a gorgeous feed for his third point of the weekend and Cheremeta notched his second goal of the weekend.
-Both Riese Gaber and Jimmy Glynn finished the weekend with three goals. Glynn, who didn’t play last weekend, inserted himself right back into the lineup with authority. His line, which also featured Cheremeta and Venuto, combined for 12 points.
-Aidan McCarthy picked up win number nine on the season as he turned away 12 pucks. It was a light night as Dubuque controlled much of the play all night.
-With his two goals on the night, Riese Gaber jumped up to first in the USHL in goals scored. The second year forward has 24 this season, already two more than he did all of last year. Gaber’s two goals were pretty plays tonight, including a power play goal where Gaber weaved through two defenders.
-Madison tried to climb back into the game a few times, but never got closer than two goals. Gustav Mueller and Ryan Kirwan scored for the Caps who fell for the 28th time in regulation this season.
-The Caps were impressive on the penalty kill, as they dominated a man down at times. The Caps were eight for nine on the PK, shutting down one of the top units in the league for the majority of the game. The Saints only goal on the PP was scored off of the rush.
-Dubuque, who are averaging 4.7 goals in their last 11 games, put up another strong offensive performance. On the weekend, Dubuque amassed 13 goals. The Saints have frequently put in five-plus after a slow start to the season.
-Next up for Dubuque will be a two-game series against the Youngstown Phantoms, with both games being played in Dubuque. The Saints will meet the Phantoms for the first time this season next Friday.