Dubuque will start a three-game week with a Wednesday night, makeup game against the Waterloo Black Hawks. The game, which was originally scheduled for January 17th, was postponed due to inclement weather. This will be the final game of the regular season between Dubuque and Waterloo in Dubuque. The Saints have won three straight in the series and are 4-2 overall.
-Dubuque is coming off a rare weekend in which they did not secure a win. The Saints grabbed one point of a possible four from the league best Chicago Steel. Dubuque suffered their biggest loss of the season in a 7-2 defeat on Friday night. They mounted a strong comeback after being down two in the third on Saturday but fell short in overtime.
-Waterloo dominated the Sioux City Musketeers, sweeping the West’s worst team and outscoring them 12-2 in the two-game series. Waterloo has one again regained a strong hold on the top seed in the West, after Omaha cut the point deficit to just one between the first and second seed. The Hawks are now six points up.
-Dubuque has dominated at home over the last 10 games. In that span, the Saints are 9-1 and have outscored their opponents by 43 goals. Their only loss was last Friday against Chicago and since the turn of the New Year they have only lost to Chicago and Waterloo at home.
-In the season series, Dubuque has been able to keep the Waterloo offense at three goals or less in each of the six games played. On the other hand, Waterloo has struggled against Dubuque, allowing four goals or more three times. At home, Dubuque’s offense hasn’t been as strong, but in Waterloo the Saints have scored at will.
-As the playoffs inch near, both teams are in prime position to clinch at least a spot in the postseason in the upcoming weekends. Dubuque’s magic number sits at seven, meaning they can clinch a spot as early as this weekend. Waterloo has a magic number of eight, also giving them an opportunity to clinch this weekend.
-Dubuque has the fifth, seventh and eighth best scorers in the USHL this season. Ty Jackson, Dylan Jackson and Riese Gaber all sit in the top ten and over 50 points on the season. Gaber leads the league in goals scored with 34 and Ty sits second in helpers with 40.
-Waterloo’s leading scorer is Xander Lamppa, although since 2020 began, Griffin Ness is the biggest threat on the team. Ness has 26 points in 21 games in the span, including a six-point game and player of the week honors that same week.
-If Waterloo has beaten Dubuque, it has been because of Wyatt Schingoethe. The forward only has two points in the season series, but both of those are game winning goals. Schingoethe is responsible for the dagger in the victories for Waterloo.
-The Dupaco Cowbell Cup standings are tight, but Dubuque has a huge advantage in games played. The Saints sit two points behind Waterloo but have four games in hand on the Hawks. Dubuque is 6-3 while Waterloo is 7-6. The Hawks have won the Cowbell Cup three years in a row and Dubuque will be looking to regain it, with a win Wednesday going a long way to doing so.
-After the game, Dubuque will head to Youngstown for two games against the Phantoms while Waterloo heads home to host the Sioux Falls Stampede.