The Dubuque Fighting Saints may be labeled road warriors by the time October ends. That is, if they aren’t considered that already. Dubuque won their fourth road game of the season as they corralled the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders 5-2 at The Stable on Wednesday night. Dubuque received another great performance from Matthew Thiessen and the line of Riese Gaber, Dylan Jackson and Ty Jackson was magic. Here is how the game shook out:
-Talk about a dynamic duo turned trio. Early in the season head coach Oliver David described Riese Gaber as the long lost triplet of the Jackson twins. Gaber continues to play like that. He had three points and the line of Jackson, Jackson and Gaber again produced shift after shift for Dubuque.
-Even without the multitude of points that the line has put together, their play in general has been extremely impressive. The forecheck the line produces on every shift is suffocating to opposing teams and it certainly was tonight against Cedar Rapids.
-Once again, a Matthew Thiessen performance was overshadowed by five goals, but it shouldn’t be. Thiessen, as he has done all season, played 60 solid minutes between the pipes for Dubuque. Thiessen is now 4-1-1 on the season with consistent play throughout the year thus far.
-Willie Knieirm had another electric game for the Fighting Saints. Both his assists were semi-blind passes in to the slot to set up his line mates. Matias Maccelli and James Sanchez were the recipients of those great feeds and they didn’t make any mistakes on their end as well.
-Maccelli and Sanchez picked up their second goals of the season and those two, plus Knierim seem to be starting to click as a unit. Maccelli and Sanchez have had slow starts to the season but are now heating up as the Fighting Saints do as well.
-Dubuque has now scored 17 goals in their last three games, all wins on the road. Though the Gaber, Jackson and Jackson combo has led the way, the scoring has been balanced and varied throughout the lineup. Dubuque once again proved that they can roll four lines effectively.
-The RoughRiders made things interesting early in the third. After a goal from Evan McIntyre to push things to 4-2, CR received another power play and put a few good chances on net. Thiessen was his best in the third and stood tall to snuff out any form of a rally.
-Dubuque will head home for the first time since their season opener as they host the Youngstown Phantoms on Friday night. Dubuque beat Youngstown in the first meeting between the two teams at the USHL Fall Classic, winning 4-2. The Friday night game will be Childhood Cancer Awareness Night with a Harry Potter theme. Tickets are still available on DubuqueFightingSaints.com or by calling the box office at 563.583.6880