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Fighting Saints Score 10, Rout Team USA

By Jordan Kuhns, 03/26/21, 11:15PM CDT

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Six spot in the first period leads to team’s largest offensive explosion

DUBUQUE, Iowa — The Dubuque Fighting Saints scored six goals in the first period and never looked back. The team shot a touch over 31% and picked up three out of a possible four points in a 10-2 rout of the Team USA National Team Development Program U17s on Friday night at the Mystique Community Ice Center. The win extended the team’s standings point streak to four games.

Dubuque shot a startling 50% in the opening period (6-of-12) and chased starting goaltender Cameron Korpi after 14:02. Captain P.J. Fletcher bookended the team’s first period scoring with a goal to start the avalanche at 3:52 on a centering pass from Connor Kurth. Henry Thrun, a former member of the NTDP, converted on a rush chance that doubled Dubuque’s lead in a flash.

The Saints would add four goals in a nearly five-minute span to continue to put on the pressure. Matt Savoie’s first of the night resulted off of a pass from Kenny Connors. Riley Stuart and Robert Cronin scored with 32 seconds of each other to extend the lead to 5-0. Fletcher’s final tally came at the 15:40 mark, and was his second goal of the night.

The second period was the period of Max Montes. His shorthanded goal kicked off the second period at the 1:29 mark gave Dubuque the 7-0 lead early in the second period. USA made things interesting with back-to-back tallies within two minutes, as Maddox Fleming and Frank Nazar III posted tallies to cut the Saints’ lead to 7-2, but the Saints re-established the lead late in the period with Montes’ second of the night at 16:02.

The Saints hit double digits in the goal column with two power play goals in the third period. Braden Doyle added a power play tally early in the third, and Savoie scored his second of the night to hit ten. Fletcher, Savoie and Montes all scored a pair of goals in the game.

Dubuque’s penalty kill was dented twice last night, but went plus-two in Friday night’s effort. The Saints killed off all seven power play chances and scored two shorthanded goals. Dubuque’s power play also went 2-for-5. The Saints were forced to kill off a full two-minute 5-on-3 power play opportunity which could have turned the balance of the game against a strong NTDP power play, but the Saints weathered the storm.

Lukas Parik made 20 saves in the win, his eighth of the season.

This game marked the first time that the Fighting Saints scored ten goals in a regular season game since April 1, 2016 against the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, a 10-3 victory over the top Iowan rival.

The Saints will travel to Waterloo to take on the Black Hawks at 7:05 p.m. Catch the action on the Fighting Saints Radio Network, or on HockeyTV.