Reggie Millette scored the game winning goal in the third period, Riese Gaber tallied his 100th USHL point and Dubuque won their eighth straight at home with a 4-3 win over Sioux City. The Saints continued their strong offensive play at home ice and have now outscored their opponents 47-17 during their eight-game streak at home. Dubuque grabbed their 31st win of the season and their 16th at the Mystique Ice Center.
-The Fighting Saints jumped out to a quick lead, with Matthew Kopperud getting a lucky bounce off the end wall and then of Ethan Haider. The goal was Kopperud’s 16th of the season.
-Dylan Jackson scored his 19th of the year to extend the lead towards the middle of the period. Jackson combined with his brother Ty and Kopperud for a pretty passing play that extended the lead for the Saints.
-Sioux City stormed back late in the period, scoring twice to tie things up. The Musketeers capitalized on a garbage goal in front and then on a beautiful shot from AJ Hodges on the power play to tie it. The Musketeers power play has been a bright spot all season for the struggling offense, producing 19% of the time coming into the weekend.
-The period started slow for both teams, with a combined 5 shots through the first eight minutes. Sioux City had the better of the chances but neither team mustered much in the early going.
-Riese Gaber broke a deadlock in the period, just past the midway mark with his 33rd goal of the season. The goal gave Gaber his 100th career point and also tied him for first on the Tier-1 list with Seamus Malone for most career goals as a Saint with 55.
-Dubuque carried a lead in to the third period for the 29th time this season. Aidan McCarthy came up with a few strong stops late in the period to keep Dubuque in front as Sioux City made a late push for the equalizer once again.
-Sioux City was able to tie the game early in the third thanks to Joel Maata’s 11th of the season. Maata banged away at a loose puck on the doorstep and was able to take advantage of a poor rebound offered by Aidan McCarthy.
-Reggie Millette picked up his third of the season for Dubuque on a deflection in front. Kaelan Taylor ripped a point shot and Millette reached out and deflected it past Haider.
-Dubuque’s defense stood strong through the last 10 minutes of regulation as Sioux City wasn’t able to mount much pressure down the stretch. The victory for Dubuque moved them to 31-12-1 on the year.