In their first two games of 2019, the Dubuque Fighting Saints will look to bounce back after two close loses at home to the Green Bay Gamblers and Youngstown Phantoms. Dubuque has played in nine straight one goal games and are currently third in the Eastern Conference with 30 points. Dubuque is three points back of first and one point ahead of Cedar Rapids in fourth.
-The Fighting Saints will take on two unfamiliar opponents as Friday marks their first matchup of the season with the Des Moines Buccaneers and Saturday will be game number two against the Omaha Lancers.
-Dubuque’s current streak of nine straight one goal games is the team’s longest since returning to Dubuque in 2010-11. The previous streak was 6-straight one goal games, done twice last season. In the last nine games, Dubuque is 3-3-2-1.
-Though his 15-game point streak is a thing of the recent past, Matias Maccelli used the streak to propel himself to the top of the USHL in terms of points. Maccelli and Egor Afanasyev both have 35 points going in to this weekend.
-Dubuque’s Friday matchup will pit them against Des Moines for the first time this season. In the last four seasons, the Fighting Saints have a 5-4 record against their in-state Western Conference foes. Last year Dubuque and Des Moines split the two-game series. This season they match up three times.
-The Fighting Saints game against the Buccaneers will showcase two of the top five offenses in the league this season. The Fighting Saints have scored 96 goals this season, good for 5th in the USHL. Des Moines has 109 goals, putting them in 3rd this season.
-The Des Moines Buccaneers have the second most home wins and third most home points this season. Des Moines is 11-5-0-1 at home and have a plus-10 goal differential. The Fighting Saints are one of the best road teams in the league, with nine wins and 22 points. The 22 points are second most in the USHL.
-Saturday Dubuque will battle the Omaha Lancers. In the team’s only matchup with Omaha this season, Dubuque scored a season-high 7 goals en route to a blowout win. Omaha has struggled this season offensively with the second fewest goals in the USHL at 64.
-The Lancers traded their top scorer on both defense and offense as they let go of Brendan Furry and Kalle Eriksson in the span of three days. The Lancers seem set on stocking up for the future as they acquired largely draft picks in both trades.
-Omaha has dropped three of their last four and are now 2-7-1 in their last 10. The Lancers are one point out of the bottom spot in the Western Conference.
-Dubuque has found success this year against the Western Conference. They are 5-2-1-1 this year with their two loses coming to Waterloo and Fargo. The Fighting Saints have 12 games remaining against the Western Conference including these two.
-Dubuque continues to perform a man up this season. The Fighting Saints are second in the USHL with a 22.7% success rate on the power play. Dubuque has tallied 22 goals on 97 attempts. The Fighting Saints have the third fewest power play opportunities in the league.