The Dubuque Fighting Saints will look to rebound from last weekend with two games against the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. After falling to CR and Fargo in their last two games, the Fighting Saints will have a chance to avenge one of those loses and move forward in the conference standings as well. Dubuque currently sits in 5th, but they are just two points back of third place Youngstown.
-The Fighting Saints have controlled the series against the RoughRiders during the last two seasons-plus. Dubuque is 14-4-1 against the RoughRiders since the start of the 2016-17 campaign. This year, CR has the slight advantage, taking four points in three games, while Dubuque has three in three.
-The RoughRiders come in to the contests this weekend sporting one of the premier defenses in the USHL. CR has allowed 2.76 goals per game, good for third in the league. They are one of only five teams who have allowed less than three goals per game this season.
-The Fighting Saints have proven that they can produce offense in buckets. After their first 26 games, Dubuque was averaging four goals per game. Since then they have dropped off, averaging just over two goals per game. Dubuque certainly has the capability to run and gun, they just need to find their scoring again.
-Away from home, the Fighting Saints still hold some of the best numbers in the league. Dubuque is third in points on the road with 26. They are T-3rd in goals scored with 69 and they are T-2nd with 11 regulation or overtime wins. The Fighting Saints have played better hockey overall on the road this season.
-Though there weren’t many penalties last game, the special teams battle still loomed large for Dubuque and CR. The RoughRiders scored a power play goal early in the third period and Dubuque couldn’t capitalize on a man-advantage late.
-This season, the Fighting Saints are 1-7 on the power play against CR and the RoughRiders are 3-13 a man up against Dubuque. The RoughRiders have scored a power play goal in every game this season against their in-state rivals. On the season, Dubuque has the better power play by a large margin. They are 22.1% compared to 17.6%.
-Matias Maccelli had a quiet weekend for the Dubuque Fighting Saints, but he still sits top five in the USHL’s scoring race. Maccelli was held without a point against CR and Fargo but threw four shots on goal each game.
-Jason Polin has produced well against the Fighting Saints this season. In three games he has three goals including the game-winner in each of CR’s victories. Polin is a weapon on the power play for the RoughRiders, with 10 of the team’s 19 power play goals. He sits second in the USHL behind Brett Murray in power play tallies.
-Originally just a two game weekend, this stretch for Dubuque can effectively be looked at as a three game weekend. After their final game in January was postponed because of weather, the Fighting Saints will now travel to Madison on Monday the 11th to battle the Capitols in a make-up game.
-Both games this weekend will see puck drop set for 7:05. Friday’s game will be at The Stable in Cedar Rapids and Saturday Dubuque will host at Mystique Community Ice Center.