The Fighting Saints will take on three different opponents in three days as one of their most grueling stretches of the season begins tomorrow. Dubuque will hit the road for games against Youngstown, Team USA U-17 and Team USA U-18 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday respectively this weekend. Dubuque currently sits in 3rd place in the Eastern Conference, one point ahead of Cedar Rapids in 4th and one point behind Central Illinois in 2nd.
-Dubuque has already played Youngstown twice this season and meeting three will be the first time the two teams battle at Covelli Centre. Dubuque is 1-0-0-1 against Youngstown, with a 4-2 win and a 4-3 shootout loss.
-Both times Dubuque has played Youngstown, the speed has been breakneck for most of the game. The Fighting Saints and Phantoms both utilize their team speed to create chances which in turn has created some memorable stretches of hockey.
-The games on Saturday and Sunday will be the first time Dubuque will see Team USA this season. Currently, Team USA sits in 7th place in the Eastern Conference with seven points in six games. Most of those games have been played by the U-17 team who Dubuque will see Saturday at 7pm. The U-18 has been traveling and playing colleges across the United States.
-Dubuque is coming off what was arguably their best performance of the season and a game in which they ultimately lost. The Fighting Saints couldn’t solve Evan Fear of Green Bay, or the posts, as the netminder made 43 saves and Dubuque hit at least four posts in the game.
-After Sunday’s 1pm CT game, the Fighting Saints will get a chance to stay at home a little more than they have been able to during the first month of the season. After seven of nine away from Mystique to begin the season, Dubuque will play five of eight games during the month of November at home.
-Dubuque has been one of the best teams on the road this season. They are tied for the league lead in road wins with four, they have put up over four goals a game on the road and they have allowed just two per game. Though the Fighting Saints have had to travel a lot, it certainly hasn’t hampered their results.
-This will be one of four times that Dubuque plays three games in three straight days. Of the four times, two, including this trip, will see all three games played on the road.
-Dubuque will matchup against Youngstown only once more after the game on Friday night, when the team comes back to Dubuque at the end of December. The Fighting Saints won’t take on the U-17 team again, but will face the U-18’s in a matchup on November 17th which will also mark Military Appreciation Night at Mystique Community Ice Center.