Dubuque was unable to keep up with the offense of the U-18 Team as they fell 8-3 on Sunday afternoon. The Fighting Saints found themselves down 6-0 at one point but battled back to make it 6-3. The U-18’s used two late goals to extend their lead and put up eight goals in back to back nights as they improved to 4-0 in USHL play. Get the details from the game below with the Saints Scribbles.
-Willie Knierim was the best player on the ice in the third period for the Fighting Saints. He tallied his second and third goals of the game and was able to assert himself in the corners as well. On the afternoon Knierim had a good game as well, but his scoring came alive late.
-The Team USA U-18’s were as good as advertised. Their speed created problems in the neutral zone and they attacked with pace all game. Jack Hughes, who will likely be the first overall pick in the upcoming NHL Draft, was solid. He didn’t do anything flashy during the game, but tallied a goal and an assist.
-Patrick Smyth secured his second goal of the season on a busted play in front. Smyth corralled a bouncing puck after it was lose in skates and popped it in to the back of the net. Smyth was playing in front of his family, just about 45 minutes from where he grew up.
-The Jackson twins and Riese Gaber had another solid game despite not showing up on the scoresheet. The line still created their share of offensive chances and Gaber was able to not only keep pace with the skating of the U-18’s but actually skate past them as well.
-Team USA scored a power play goal and the Hughes goal happened just as the power play expired. The Saints gave up a total of five power play goals during their three game road stretch and were shorthanded over 15 times. The penalty kill and discipline were better in this game, but it is still an area to work on.
-The third period was wild and then some. There were a full games worth of goals in that third period as Team USA put up five and Dubuque answered with three. It was simply too little too late for the Fighting Saints as they battled back but couldn’t pull close enough to end the game.
-The Fighting Saints new look power play produced again, this time it was Willie Knierim from JD Greenway. Knierim bounced a loose puck in to the back of the net after a shot from Greenway. Greenway had three points in the two games at the USA Hockey Arena and is starting to assert his will offensively.
-Dubuque will have an off day Monday before heading on the road once again for a short trip to Waterloo. The Fighting Saints start a home and home with the Blackhawks and will host them on November, 3rd.