Dubuque took a stranglehold on the Cowbell Cup standings with a 5-4 win over the Waterloo Black Hawks on Tuesday and will have a chance to clinch the 2020-21 Cup with at least a point on Friday. After that Dubuque will head to Des Moines for two more games as they complete their busiest week of the season thus far. Get set for all three games this weekend right here.
-Dubuque’s domination of Waterloo has continued from last season into this one. After going 5-2 last year against the Hawks, Dubuque is 3-0 to start the 2020-21 season. The Saints have won seven straight over the rivals and have done so in convincing fashion.
-The Saints have scored at least five goals in every game this season against Waterloo. Dubuque’s most recent win featured exactly that mark and was the first of their three wins over Waterloo in which they had to battle from behind.
-Since joining the team, Matt Savoie and Andrei Buyalsky have provided a big spark for the Fighting Saints. Buyalsky is coming off his best game with the Saints, adding four primary assists to his total. He now has 10 points in nine USHL games. Savoie has scored in all three games he has played, totaling five goals and six points in just three games. He has four goals against Waterloo.
-Waterloo’s offense hasn’t been an issue against Dubuque, but this season that has been their bigger weakness. The Hawks have won just once when allowing four or more goals. Despite scoring 11 in three games against Dubuque they have no wins to show.
-Des Moines has alternated a win and a loss since 2021 began. Two of the loses in the new year have been to Dubuque. After a shorthanded Saints team was trounced 9-3 in Des Moines, Dubuque have beaten the Bucs 3-2 and 5-2.
-The Bucs have placed themselves in a solid position in the West, with points in eight of the last 10. Despite alternating wins and losses, three of the loses have been in overtime.
-After this weekend, the Saints will be just about finished with their Western Conference games. The Saints will face Des Moines once more and Waterloo two more times. The remainder of the team’s contest will be held in conference.
-Winners of six of their last eight, the Saints will likely have to win about 60% of their remaining games to make their way into the playoffs. Taking two of three over the weekend is close to a must for Dubuque.
-Dubuque is at home for three straight games against Youngstown next weekend as they kick off the month of February.