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Saints Scribbles: Fear Stymies Fighting Saints In 42 Save Shutout

By Jack Milewski, 12/29/18, 10:15PM CST

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Dubuque hits four posts in loss to Green Bay

For the second time this season, Evan Fear stymied the Dubuque Fighting Saints in a 40-plus save shutout. Dubuque fired 42 shots on net, hit four posts and were buzzing all night but Fear shut the door time and time again. With the loss Dubuque fell to 12-10-3-3.

-The loss snapped a six game point streak for the Dubuque Fighting Saints. Dubuque is now 5-2-2-1 in their last ten games. In addition, both Matias Maccelli and James Sanchez had their respective point streaks snapped. It was the first game since November third in which Maccelli or Sanchez did not score.

-Dubuque played one of their best periods of the season during the second stanza tonight. They peppered Fear with 18 shots on goal and allowed just three on their own net. Dubuque hit three of their four posts in the second period.

-Matthew Thiessen continued his stellar play despite the result. Thiessen made 24 saves in the loss, but gave his team every chance to win. The Saints netminder has had a few tough loses this season and this was certainly one of them.

-The Fighting Saints played in their eighth one goal game in a row. Dubuque has played in 16 one goal games this season, after a season in which they played in over 30 last year. The Fighting Saints have also played six of nine games at home with one goal results.

-Paul Maust, who was a thorn in Dubuque’s side all night, scored the lone goal of the game with 15 seconds left in the first period. Maust was effective offensively for Green Bay who did just enough to get the win.

-Fear has three wins in four starts against the Fighting Saints this season. In the three wins he has allowed two goals and made 119 stops. Fear was especially exceptional in the second period and at the end of the first period.

-The Fighting Saints will have an opportunity to bounce back quickly with a game tomorrow against the Youngstown Phantoms. Youngstown will be playing their third game in three days and are currently 1-1 on their road trip. Youngstown has beaten Dubuque twice this season, 6-3 and 4-3.

-The Fighting Saints have a chance to close out the 2018 season with points in nine of their last 11 games. Dubuque has made up substantial ground in the Eastern Conference Standings and will look to hold firm in the third position heading in to 2019.