The Dubuque Fighting Saints scored three goals in the second and third periods in route to their sixth straight home win, downing Youngstown 6-0 on Saturday night. Riese Gaber scored twice, Stephen Halliday had three assists and Erik Portillo recorded his first USHL shutout in the win. Dubuque won all four during their four-game homestand.
-Both teams played a strong defensive first period as there were only 12 shots thrown on net combined. The Saints outshot the Phantoms 8-4, but neither team had a high-quality scoring chance.
-The team defense continued to the penalty kills as both teams were 2 for 2 on the PK in the first period. The Saints were the only team to tally on the power play during Friday night’s game.
-The physicality was noticeable in the first period and both teams threw the body well. The spirited contest from Friday night seemed to have a carry-over effect in to Saturday’s game.
-Dubuque came out firing in the second period, notching two goals in the first five minutes of the period. Antonio Venuto broke the ice with his 11th of the season to make it 1-0.
-Riese Gaber scored his second in as many nights, deflecting a puck under the left arm of Dominic Basse for his 26th of the season. Ryan Beck grabbed his third primary assist of the weekend on the goal for Gaber.
-Dubuque added to their lead as Dylan Jackson ripped his 17th of the season past Basse on the power play. It was Dubuque’s fourth power play of the night, giving them power play goals in back to back games.
-The Saints exploded in period three, adding three more goals to their total. Ryan Beck, Tommy Middleton and Gaber added extra tallies to extend the lead and close out the game.
-The six-goal output was the third time in the last four games Dubuque scored six goals or more. The Saints have outscored their opponents 36-10 over their six-game home winning streak.
-Erik Portillo finished the night with 16 saves, for his first USHL shutout. Portillo stopped 31 pucks over the weekend for wins 16 and 17 on the year. He continues his lead on the top of the USHL in goals against and save percentage.