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PREVIEW: Gamblers vs. Fighting Saints 12/3

By Jordan Kuhns, 12/03/16, 4:15PM CST


Last home game against Green Bay tonight



SEASON SERIES VICTORY...With the Fighting Saints’ victory over Green Bay last night, they clinched a season-series victory over the Gamblers once again. Dating back to Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal, the Fighting Saints have won seven games in a row by a combined score of 23-9. Jaxon Castor has been in net for all four wins for the Saints over Green Bay so far.

POWER PLAY AWAKENS...What was a unit that had gone 1 for its prior 11 over the past five games heading into last night’s game, Green Bay’s power play had a revival of the 2-for-5 variety. Their power play continues to be the league’s best (27.6%), but not by much—Des Moines and Tri-City trail Green Bay by just a few percentage points. Defenseman Connor Mackey is the conduit (12 power play points).

SPOON OUT THE PAIN...Most impressive since Casey Mittelstadt’s departure has been Jared Spooner, whose seven goals rank second on the team. The Mankato commit has points in three of his last four games, and four of his last six. His goal last night ended a drought of seven games, which was a season-high. He also took a team-high four shots on goal for the Gamblers last night.


LONE STAR RIDES AGAIN...As impressive as a certain Floridian forward’s point streak is, Dallas Gerads’ recent fiery run has not gone unnoticed. The Mankato commit has goals in three consecutive games, points in four in a row (6 total), and his second three-point effort of his USHL career came in last night’s win over Green Bay. His recent goal explosion came after going five games without a tally.

A TRUE WORKHORSE...Goaltender Jaxon Castor has been the workhorse that powers the Saints to victory. He leads the league in minutes played (1,116) as one of just two goaltenders who have played over 1,000 minutes. He is one of seven netminders with a goals-against average under 2. Not to mention, in his last three starts, he has been a marvelous 3-0-0 with a 1.61 GAA and a .930 sv%.

SPREAD THE WEALTH...Six goals, and 13 different players with points. Four players, including David Brumm all three former Coneheads (Solow, Gerads, Theisen), had multi-point efforts for Dubuque. It was the second time in a week that Dubuque has scored six goals in a game, and it matched that season-high from last Friday’s game against Des Moines.


A TRUE MARKSMAN...When Jacob Hamacher scored his goal last night, he had not missed the back of the net since November 25. He took one more shot that was stopped by Green Bay goaltender David Hrenak, but at 80% over the past three games, could his magic continue? For the season, the RIT commit is shooting 23.1%, which ranks 11th among eligible USHL skaters.

IT NEVER ENDS...And why would it? Zach Solow’s point streak has hit 12. 4 goals, 13 assists, 17 points. Only held off of the scoresheet four times this season. Five multi-point efforts in the 12-game streak of success. And, of course, just two points away from matching last season’s total in 18 fewer games played.