The Dubuque Fighting Saints couldn’t get things going Friday night as they dropped their third game of the season, 6-3 to the Youngstown Phantoms. Youngstown got the better of Dubuque for the second game in a row, as they started out sizzling in the first period with three quick goals. Dubuque came close to battling back a few times but ultimately ended up on the short end after an empty netter sealed things.
-The Fighting Saints have had a tough time with Youngstown this season. Even in their win, it was a hard fought battle. The Phantoms now 2-6-0-1 record is a bit deceiving as they produced a plethora of chances tonight against the Fighting Saints.
-Youngstown was once again solid on the power play. Two of their first three goals were a man up and Dubuque was shorthanded three times in the first period. Just like the last time against Youngstown, the Phantoms were up a man quite a few times and made the Fighting Saints pay.
-This will have to be a game that sits for no more than a few hours for Dubuque as they immediately head back on the road to Plymouth, Michigan. The Saints will play Team USA twice in two days, once against the U-17 Team and once against the U-18 Team.
-This was one of the sloppier efforts from the Fighting Saints this season. They didn’t seem to have their legs from the get go and after they fell behind they lacked the push to get themselves back in the game. Youngstown deserves credit for the way they played, but Dubuque didn’t look like themselves.
-This was the first time that Dubuque relinquished more than four goals during the season and the first time that Youngstown scored more than four. The Phantoms answered the call every time Dubuque tried to push back and never let the Fighting Saints closer than two goals.
-Verners Egle played his 100th game in the USHL at the Covelli Centre tonight. Egle had spent the majority of his time in the league with the Madison Capitols, playing 91 of his 100 games there. Jacob Semik, who was scratched from the lineup tonight, is one game shy of his 100th in the league.
-Dubuque got another goal from Ty Jackson and Matias Maccelli in this game. Jackson leads the team with five goals on the season and Maccelli is one behind. Jackson scored on a beauty on a penalty shot and Maccelli riffled a wrister over the glove hand of Jon Mor.
-Last time Dubuque lost and played the following day, they beat the Youngstown Phantoms. That was back in the USHL Fall Classic. Dubuque will look to rebound tomorrow night at 7:05 ET/6:05 CT against Team USA.