The Dubuque Fighting Saints won three in three days with a gutsy finish to the weekend as they beat the Madison Capitols 3-1 with three third period goals. Dubuque has now won four in a row, dating back to last Saturday against the Omaha Lancers. Aaron Randazzo won his third straight start in net.
-Dubuque won three games in three days for the first time since February 19-21 of 2015-16. They won twice over the Waterloo Blackhawks and once over Bloomington during that span. Dubuque has won four in a row, two after regulation and two in regulation.
-Both last night and this afternoon the Fighting Saints used three goal periods to win. Last night it was the second period and tonight it was the third. The Fighting Saints won their first game of the season when trailing after two.
-Ty Jackson scored the game winning goal with under five to play as he, Riese Gaber and Dylan Jackson were rewarded for their tough play all game. The line had produced chances both Saturday and Sunday but finally hit pay dirt when it mattered most.
-Joseph Lamoreaux was outstanding in net as he turned away 38 shots. It was the second time this season that Lamoreaux made 35-plus saves against the Fighting Saints. He kept Madison in the game the entire night.
-The Capitols struck first, late in the second period with a pretty goal from Robert Blueger. On an abbreviated three on two, Blueger fired a forehand past Randazzo.
-Dubuque scored 7:34 in to the third and then at 15:58 to go ahead for good. Willie Knierim notched the icing on the cake with an empty-netter for his 11th of the season. Knierim now has six points in the last six games.
-Randazzo wasn’t busy through two periods, but faced a solid output in the third period. Madison notched nine shots on net and produced a late push after the Fighting Saints went ahead 2-1. Randazzo continues to impress after a few struggles early in December.
-Logan Pietila and Matias Maccelli connected on yet another gorgeous passing play. Maccelli threw a slap pass in front on the power play and Pietila knocked it in on the doorstep to tie the game in the early third. The two have had serious chemistry together when playing on the same line.
-The Saints will get much needed rest after a busy weekend, but are right back at it Friday against the Waterloo Blackhawks. The teams have played twice this year, with each holding serve on their home ice. Waterloo will come to Dubuque Friday and then the Fighting Saints will visit Young Arena on Saturday.