The Fighting Saints fell just short during a high-level contest against the Muskegon Lumberjacks on Sunday afternoon. Muskegon used four first period goals to propel themselves to victory as Bobby Lynch tallied twice for the Lumberjacks. Muskegon moved to 10-0 on the road and 18-3 on the season with the victory. Dubuque fell to 9-9-1-2.
-The Fighting Saints were behind 4-2 after one period as Aaron Randazzo wasn’t at his best. Muskegon’s high-powered offense capitalized on a few mistakes and scored four on 11 shots. The Fighting Saints tallied the first goal of the game but Muskegon bounced back quickly and likewise when Dubuque scored their second goal as well.
-Dallas Tulik continues to impress for Dubuque. He scored his first as a Fighting Saint in the game and also added another assist. Tulik has four points in his first two games for Dubuque. Tulik centered a line with Logan Pietila and Riese Gaber and the three worked well together.
-The physicality of the game was noticeable after the first period. The two teams battled after whistles, threw big body checks and played hard-nosed hockey during the last 40 minutes of play. Aidan Fulp was hurt during the first period of play, leaving Dubuque with just five defensemen. Mikael Hakkarainen also left the game with an injury for Muskegon.
-The Fighting Saints strong special teams play continued in this game. Dubuque killed off all five penalties they took and also tallied on the power play. The Fighting Saints scored four power play goals over the weekend after the unit struggled the previous few weeks.
-The line changes Dubuque made continue to pay dividends as the Jackson twins, Gaber, Pietila and Bram Scheerer have really started to play well. Not only has their play improved, but their point production has sky-rocketed as well.
-Matthew Thiessen was superb all weekend long. Though he didn’t get the start on Sunday, he allowed just one goal on 20 shots. Thiessen stopped 41 of 43 shots this weekend and has been a different goalie in his last three games.
-The Fighting Saints will have a few days off before they hit the road for five straight road games. Dubuque will take on Muskegon twice next weekend and then face Sioux Falls and Sioux city. The Saints do not play another home game until the 29th of December.