In the lone USHL game of the day, the Fighting Saints will travel to Madison to take on the Capitols in a makeup of their January 30th game that was postponed due to weather. The Saints are coming off a weekend in which they secured three of four points against the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, while the Capitols were swept by the Fargo Force.
-Dubuque managed to gain a point in the standings thanks to a victory and overtime loss against the RoughRiders. The Youngstown Phantoms swept the Lincoln Stars, meaning Dubuque didn’t gain any ground there.
-The Saints played a spirited weekend series, by far one of their most physical efforts this season. Both games had playoff like feels, with Dubuque pulling away late in CR on Friday and then staying neck and neck on Saturday.
-Saturday’s game was a dog fight. With just two goals, multiple high-level saves and big time checks on every shift, it certainly felt like a mid-April game. Ultimately the RoughRiders ended it with one goal in an eight round shootout.
-The Capitols find themselves on another skid, losing their last six games. Madison has struggled offensively this season and with just two goals in their series against Fargo, those issues came to the forefront again. With 74 goals, the Capitols are 32 tallies behind Omaha who is second lowest in the USHL.
-All three games this season between Madison and Dubuque have been tight down to the last whistle. The Capitols took the first game by a score of 2-1, then Dubuque countered with a 3-1 win. In the last game, the Saints won 3-2 on an overtime winner from Riese Gaber.
-Including this game, the Fighting Saints have four remaining against the Capitols. Three of those games will be played at Bob Suter Ice Complex.
-Matias Maccelli was held off the scoresheet during Saturday’s game, but with 47 points he is an offensive catalyst for the Fighting Saints. His 20 goals are seven better than the next closest person on the team.
-Madison is led offensively by Chase Brand who has 24 points this season. Josh Boyer leads the team with nine goals. When Boyer secures his 10th, every team in the USHL will have a 10 goal scorer on their roster.
-Willie Knierim and James Sanchez have started to heat up again. The two forwards have points in three straight games. In the Saturday game, Knierim had a gorgeous shorthanded goal to tie the contest late in the second period. It was his 13th of the season.