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Saints Ring In New Year With Rout of Riders

By Jordan Kuhns, 12/30/16, 10:45PM CST


Fighting Saints have allowed just one goal to CR in three games


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Jaxon Castor notched a shutout, Colin Theisen scored thrice, and the Dubuque Fighting Saints scored at will and never looked back. The Saints scored a season-high for goals in an 8-0 rout of the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders on Friday night at The Stable.

A big key to the victory for the Saints was the power play, which went 5-for-8. Cole Guttman, Jacob Hamacher and Theisen all scored on the man advantage. That marked a new season-high for goals scored on the power play in a game.

All three of Theisen’s goals were primarily assisted by Zach Solow. The Dartmouth College commit extended his lead in team goal scoring up to 13. Solow’s point streak now stands at 15 games.

The Saints scored just over two minutes into the game, and four times total in the first period alone. Solow’s goal, which started the scoring, proved to be the game winner. Guttman and Theisen also scored for Dubuque in the first period, which ended with a 4-0 score in favor of Dubuque.

Taylor Brierley scored in his second trip back to Cedar Rapids while pouncing on a turnover midway through the second period to extend the Saints’ lead to 5-0. Theisen’s hat trick finale made it 6-0.

Jacob Hamacher scored in almost identical fashion in the third period, within one minute and 20 seconds of each goal, both on the power play. He took cross-box feeds and ripped one-timers from the right circle past Zack LaRocque, who relieved Drew DeRidder after the first period when the Saints posted four goals.

Castor’s efforts earned him his fourth shutout of the season, and fifth of his USHL career. He is now tied for the league lead in shutouts with Waterloo’s Robbie Beydoun and Fargo’s Matthew Murray.

The game featured 136 total penalty minutes, which mostly included a line brawl that broke out at the end of the second period. It was the Dubuque penalty killers that had the last laugh in this game, as they denied all seven opportunities that the RoughRiders had on the power play.

The Saints have outscored the RoughRiders 14-1 during the three games in this season series.

The Fighting Saints return to action on Monday, January 2 against the Madison Capitols at Our House. The game will start at a special holiday time of 6:05 p.m. For tickets, call the box office during our New Year’s Day hours (11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) at 563.583.6880, or by going to