With their overall win streak at five and home winning streak at six, the Dubuque Fighting Saints will look to extend both on Friday night against the Green Bay Gamblers. Dubuque starts their two-game home and home with Green Bay on Friday in Dubuque before continuing on to Green Bay on Saturday to finish off the three-game week. The Saints are coming off a comeback victory over the Waterloo Black Hawks, which pulled them even in the Cowbell Cup standings.
-Dubuque secured their eighth victory of the season when tied or trailing after two periods of play on Tuesday night. The Saints are 8-6 when tied of trailing heading in to the third period. Only the Chicago Steel (10-8) also hold a winning record when tied or trailing after two periods. The 14 games tied or trailing after two are the fewest in the USHL this season.
-Dubuque continues to climb the standings and are now six points behind Chicago in the East. Dubuque still has a game in hand on the Steel as well. The big number for Dubuque is the massive 12-point gap they have created between second and third in the East. The top two teams get a bye in round one and Dubuque seems to have planted themselves in a dominant place to secure that first-round bye.
-The Saints five game winning streak and 8-2 record in the last 10 games are both the top marks currently in the USHL. Their six-game home winning streak is also the longest current streak in the league.
-Speaking of streaks, Ty Jackson continues to roll for Dubuque. He has a 10-game point streak, which is the longest of the season for Dubuque. Matias Maccelli had the longest point streak of last season for Dubuque at 15 games and the Saints record remains 20-straight with a point.
-Dubuque’s 2.34 goals allowed per game has them once again looking at a top-five defensive season of Tier-1 history. The USHL record was set in 2016-17 when Sioux City allowed just 2.08 goals per game.
-Green Bay has been one of the hotter teams in the East over the last 10 games. The Gamblers are 6-3-1 in the past 10 and have vaulted up to the fourth spot in the conference. The veteran group has a quality chance to continue to gain ground on Team USA in third.
-Green Bay are a much better team this season on the road then they are at home. The Gamblers possess the fourth best road winning percentage, but their home winning percentage ranks 14th in the USHL. Green Bay is one of four teams who don’t have a winning record on home ice this season.
-Jesse Tucker continues to pace the Gamblers offense at just under a point per game. Tucker has 36 points in 39 games and also leads the team with 16 goals. Mason Lohrei, the Ohio State prospect on defense, has jumped up the scoring charts with a point per game over the last 10.
-Part of the inconsistency for Green Bay has stemmed from an offense that has been up and down. A big reason for that is the lack of a power play for the Gamblers. Green Bay is second to last in the USHL, converting on just 14% of their man advantages.
-Dubuque has beaten Green Bay twice this season, once in each team’s building. The Saints held on in Green Bay for a hard fought 3-2 win, before blowing out the Gamblers 7-2 the following night in Dubuque.
-Friday’s home game will be the final home game until February 28th for the Saints who will close out the month with two games at home against Sioux City and Sioux Falls.