The Dubuque Fighting Saints bounced back from back to back losses tonight by defeating the rival Waterloo Black Hawks to improve to 33-13-2 on the season and take the lead in the race for the Cowbell Cup. It was a physical, defensive battle for the majority of the contest that saw Aidan McCarthy record his second shutout of the season to help give the Fighting Saints the 3-0 victory.
- The first period of the game featured some of the only offensive action of the night as the Fighting Saints scored the first goal and only goal for the majority of the night less than ten minutes into the first period on the first power play of the game. Crisp passes from Ty Jackson and Braden Doyle allowed Stephen Halliday to get the puck near the crease and close out the power play with an impressive inside finish.
- Neither team saw a shot hit the back of the net until late in the third period as both teams committed themselves to playing an aggressive, frustrating brand of defense for the rest night. Though the two teams traded chances, both McCarthy and Gabriel Carriere were up to the task. The two stopped 28 shots each on the evening.
- The scoring resumed with under thirty seconds left in the third period when Antonio Venuto scored off an assist from Riese Gaber. Then, with only four seconds left in the game Stephen Halliday found the back of the net again with an assist coming from Ryan Beck
- The Fighting Saints defense stood out as they were particularly energetic on the night, hounding the Black Hawks skaters whenever they touched the puck. This was especially true of Saints defender Kaelan Taylor who didn’t record any stats that would show up in the box score but was instrumental in keeping the puck out of Dubuque’s half of the ice.
- An impressive Fighting Saints defense was buoyed by the shutdown play of Aidan McCarthy in the net who ended the night with 28 saves. McCarthy was crucial to Dubuque maintaining the 1-0 lead for most of the game as he made several saves in close that looked like sure goals to keep Dubuque in the lead for the entire game.
- As both defenses raised their levels of physicality throughout tempers did flair a bit on the ice, but the Fighting Saints stayed composed for most part. Reggie Millette recorded just the fifth fight of the season for the Fighting Saints during the second period.
- The Dubuque Fighting Saints will be traveling to Youngstown, Ohio next to take on the Youngstown Phantoms on March 13th and 14th at 7:05 pm ET.