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Weekend Primer: Saints Spar With Black Hawks In Home And Home

By Jack Milewski, 11/02/18, 9:30AM CDT

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The Dubuque Fighting Saints are back in action this weekend as they take on the Waterloo Black Hawks in a home and home matchup. Dubuque will be on the road on Friday before finally coming back to the Mystique Community Ice Center for just their third true home game of the season. The Fighting Saints are 5-4-1-1 for 12 points this season, while the Black Hawks are 6-1-3-1 for 16 points.

-Matej Blumel is on a hot streak right now for Waterloo. Blumel is second in the league, behind Matt Brown, with 10 goals. He is top 10 in points with 14 and in his last four games he has five goals. Blumel scored the game winner in Waterloo’s five goals comeback against Sioux City on Tuesday night.

-Waterloo is one of four teams this season in the USHL with only one regulation loss. The Black Hawks join the Sioux Falls Stampede, Tri-City Storm and Muskegon Lumberjacks with just the one blemish in their regulation loss column.

-The Fighting Saints are coming off a weekend in which goals were incredibly easy to come by. During Dubuque’s three games, there were a total of 29 goals scored. The Fighting Saints were on the losing end during two of those contests.

-The Fighting Saints had one of the toughest travel schedules in the USHL during the first month of the season. Dubuque traveled nearly 4,000 miles and completed just short of 40% of their travel for the entire season during the end of September through October. Dubuque now has five of eight games at home in November.

-Riese Gaber, Ty Jackson and Dylan Jackson have combined for 37 points in 11 games this season. Gaber, who leads the team in points and assists, has been the distributor on the line. Ty and Dylan Jackson have 7 and 5 goals respectively this year and have shown their scoring touch early and often.

-The Fighting Saints power play has been stellar, especially as of late. Currently the unit is operating at 21.6%, good for third in the Eastern Conference. Even when the man advantage isn’t scoring for Dubuque, it still generates an abundance of chances.

-Speaking of power plays, Waterloo’s is off the charts. The Black Hawks have the best mark in the league at 36.8%. They have scored 14 times in 38 attempts. Blumel has six of his 10 goals on the power play.

-The Fighting Saints will take on the Waterloo Blackhawks a total of six times this season, with each meeting coming as a home and home during the weekend. The Fighting Saints, in fact, end their season with a home and home series against the Black Hawks in mid-April.