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Saints Scribbles: Dubuque stiffles Cedar Rapids, wins 1-0

By Jack Milewski, 09/15/18, 10:15PM CDT


Aaron Randazzo and Matthew Thiessen combine for shutout

The Dubuque Fighting Saints improved to 2-0 on the preseason with a victory over the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders Saturday night. The Fighting Saints secured a 1-0 victory as Willie Knierim scored the lone goal for Dubuque. Aaron Randazzo and Matthew Thiessen combined for a 29 save shutout as Dubuque completed the home and home sweep of Cedar Rapids. Catch up on the game here:

-While there is always uncertainty in the preseason, one thing is for certain, the Fighting Saints have two quality netminders. Randazzo and Thiessen were unbelievable in net as the tandem completed the shutout against Cedar Rapids. As of now, it looks like Dubuque has a good problem in deciding who will be the starting goaltender.

-The Saints are full of play makers this season as well. The four goals they have scored in the preseason have all been things of beauty. Knierim’s goal tonight was no different. A beautiful pass from James Sanchez gave Knierim his first of the preseason.

-Bad blood does indeed boil over. Aidan Fulp was ejected from the game for a knee on knee collision with Aidan McDonough. After that tensions were high during the remainder of the game as Cedar Rapids and Dubuque got in to multiple scrums after the whistle.

-A good defense is the best offense, at least it has been for the Fighting Saints in the first two games. Dubuque has relied on stellar goaltending and solid defense to propel an aggressive counter attack. All four of the goals this preseason have come as a result of good defense leading to better offense.

-Speed kills, part two. The speed was evident once again for Dubuque as they were able to push pass Cedar Rapid’s defense multiple times during the game. If it weren’t for a couple solid saves from Blake Pietila the game could have been two or three nothing in favor of Dubuque.

The preseason will continue for the Fighting Saints next Friday as they take on the Green Bay Gamblers on Friday night at Mystique Community Ice Center. Tickets will be on sale at or by calling the box office at 563.583.6880.