Dubuque used two goals in the third period to pull away from the Youngstown Phantoms and take the first of the two-game series, 4-1. In their first game against the Phantoms, Dubuque controlled the game for the majority of the night and used timely scoring to knock off the Phantoms. The win was the Saints fifth in a row on home ice and they have now won six of their last seven games.
-Dubuque jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first period when Tommy Middleton scored his third of the season. Middleton scooted the puck through the legs of Dominic Basse from a sharp angle to get his first goal in 12 games.
-Dubuque doubled their lead in the second period as Ty Jackson, the USHL’s leading scorer, potted a beautiful feed from Braden Doyle on the power play. The goal was Ty’s 46th point of the season and gave Dubuque just their second power play goal in their last 12 tries.
-Youngstown fought back in the second as Cade Lemmer scored late in the period to cut the lead in half. The goal was the first of Lemmer’s USHL career.
-After a slow finish to the second period, the game picked up in pace to begin the third once again. Dubuque had the legs to begin the final period, but Basse made a few key stops early to keep the Saints at bay
-That lasted only briefly as Dubuque was able to capitalize with two goals in the span of 27 seconds. First it was Stephen Halliday, on a pretty tick tack toe feed from Riese Gaber and Ryan Beck. Then, Gaber received a lead feed from Beck and notched his league leading 26th of the year on a breakaway.
-The two goals quieted the Phantoms offense, but things reached a boiling point at the five-minute mark of the period. After a thunderous Ben Schultheis hit, Josh DeLuca and Schultheis dropped the gloves. Artyem Borshyov and Matthew Kopperud also dropped the mitts and all four combatants were shown the gate.
-The fights were just the second and third five-minute majors for fighting of the season for the Saints. Reggie Millette recorded the other for Dubuque.
-Next up for the Saints, another date with the Phantoms in less than 24 hours as Dubuque and Youngstown close out the two-game set in Dubuque with puck drop at 7:05 tomorrow night.