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PREVIEW: Capitols vs. Fighting Saints 1/7

By Jordan Kuhns, 01/07/17, 2:15PM CST


Following last night's thriller, Saints close out weekend with Caps



GOOD VIBES...Things seem to be returning to form for the Dubuque Fighting Saints. Winners of three in a row, and four of the last five, and five of the last seven, and in the process, they have cemented a three-point cushion on the second spot in the Eastern Conference standings. During this seven-game stretch, the Saints have averaged  over four goals per game.

DON’T “MESS” WITH US...Madison parlayed a losing effort on Monday into a much better effort on home ice against the Green Bay Gamblers on Friday night. They did allow the game-tying goal with just one second left in regulation time, but it was USHL/NHL Top Prospect Mick Messner who tallied the game-winning goal, just 1:12 into the extra session.

FIRST-PERIOD FIREWORKS...Tonight’s game is a battle of two teams that have had very different fortunes after one period of play. The Fighting Saints have led a game after one period of play 14 times, and have won 12 of those games. The Madison Capitols, on the other hand, has only led after one period three times, winning two of the three games in that situation.


IF THERE’S ACTION, THERE’S JAXON...The mainstay of the Dubuque Fighting Saints’ crease continues to put forth one of the best goaltending seasons that a Saints netminder ever has. Jaxon Castor leads the league in wins (17), minutes played (1,554), shutouts (4), and ranks fifth in saves (554). He has also won 13 of his last 17 starts to help propel the Saints into the spot they are in currently.

TIME TO CAPITOL-IZE...The Fighting Saints were able to tally three separate times on the power play against the Madison Capitols on Monday, and that trend could continue into tonight. The Caps hold the league’s 14th-ranked penalty kill, which is second-last ahead of Cedar Rapids. The Fighting Saints’ power play continues to churn, converting on 28 of 124 chances—second-best in the USHL.

DE MEY DOES IT AGAIN...Capitols forward Vincent De Mey has goals in two consecutive games. His goal last night against the Green Bay Gamblers was the first goal of his USHL career not scored against the Fighting Saints. De Mey is not afraid to shoot the puck, with three shots in each of his last three games. His first two USHL goals came against Dubuque back on November 19.


THE THEISEN TEAR...Fresh off of scoring his 30th career USHL goal, consider Fighting Saints forward Colin Theisen on a legitimate run of his own. The Dartmouth commit has goals in four of the last five games, which includes a hat trick, and an outstanding 30.0% shooting percentage. His 15 tallies on the season rank fourth in the league behind NHL prospects Collin Adams and Eeli Tolvanen, as well as league-leader Jack Adams. What may be most remarkable about Theisen’s season is that only four of his 15 goals of the season have come on the power play, and three have come while shorthanded, which leads the league in that category. Theisen needs only one more point to hit 50 for his career.