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Weekend Primer: Saints Welcome Gamblers And Phantoms To End 2018

By Jack Milewski, 12/29/18, 10:00AM CST

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Dubuque looking to extend six game point streak

Fresh off their second overtime victory of the season, the Dubuque Fighting Saints are back on home ice for the first time since December 2nd. The Saints are 5-1-3 in their last nine games and are currently riding a six game point streak (3-0-3). The Fighting Saints will take on the Green Bay Gamblers tonight at 7:05 and then battle with the Youngstown Phantoms on Sunday at 3:05. Get set for both of the games with you extended Weekend Primer.

-During their streak over the last nine games, Dubuque has won two games in a throw three consecutive times. In the middle of the stretch they lost three straight, but all after regulation securing them points. The Fighting Saints have now played in 15 one goal games this season, with a record of 5-4-3-3.

-Speaking of one goal games, the last seven games for the Fighting Saints have been one goal contests. In those games, Dubuque is 3-1-2-1. The Fighting Saints have used their success in one goal games to propel themselves to what is currently the second longest point streak in the USHL at six games (Des Moines has points in seven straight).

-Matias Maccelli has done nothing but score the last two months. Since November 3rd, Maccelli has tallied at least a point in every single Fighting Saints game. With points in 15 straight, Maccelli has the longest point streak in the USHL this season. His 15 games are also second for the Saints since they returned to Dubuque in 2011-11.

-Not to be outdone, James Sanchez is quietly putting together a nice point streak of his own. With his late game-tying goal in Thursday’s game, Sanchez has now recorded points in 13 straight games. His streak is currently the third longest in the USHL this season, behind Maccelli and Martin Pospisil who started the year with points in 14 straight games.

-Matthew Thiessen has been a different man over the last month and a half. In his last nine contests, Thiessen is 4-2-2-1, allowing more than three goals just twice. Two of the last nine appearances for Thiessen have been relief efforts where he has secured a tough loss. If you look at just his starts, he is 4-1-2.

-Thiessen has sported a goals against average of 2.13 and a save percentage of .918% over his nine game stretch. The Maine commit and Canucks draft pick seems to be rounding in to form as of late.

-The Green Bay Gamblers have been the road warriors of the USHL’s first half along with the Fighting Saints. Green Bay has played 17 games away from home so far this season. They are 8-7-1-1 away from the Resch Center scoring 53 goals and allowing 65.

-Overall, the Gamblers 96 goals allowed are tied for the most in the league this season with the Central Illinois Flying Aces.

-Green Bay uses a balanced offensive attack at the top of their lineup. The Gamblers have two players with 16 points, four players with 14 points and three players with 13 points. The Gamblers are tied for fourth in the league with 12 players securing double digit points.

-The Youngstown Phantoms are trying to dig themselves out of an early season hole. Since starting the 2018-19 campaign Since starting the season 2-6-0-2, the Phantoms are 8-5-0-1. Youngstown has beaten the Fighting Saints twice in a row after losing to Dubuque in the USHL Fall Classic.

-The Phantoms are led by Brett Murray, who has 27 points this season. After leaving the college ranks, Murray now has an offer from Miami OH and is also top 15 in the USHL in points.

-Heading in to the weekend, Youngstown also has the best power play in the east at 23.9%. The Phantoms are 25% (4-16) on the power play against the Fighting Saints this season.