January 2, 2018 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Dubuque Fighting Saints
GENEVA, Ill. - Tied at two after two periods of play, the Chicago Steel made due on their chances in the third period, outshooting the Dubuque Fighting Saints 16-3 in the final frame, and outscoring them 2-0 en route to a 4-2 win at the Fox Valley Ice Arena on Saturday night. The Steel took all four meetings between the two teams this season.
McLaughlin forced a steal at the defensive blue line on the penalty kill in the third period and broke in alone. His initial bid was stopped by Jaxon Castor, but McLaughlin stuck with it and cashed in on the rebound to put Chicago up 3-2.
A spectacular play by Robert Mastrosimone set up Jordan Seyfert at the side of the net, resulting in the insurance goal for the Steel with just over three minutes to go in regulation.
After scoring the first goal, the Fighting Saints relinquished the lead. Adam Tisdale got the scoring started for the Saints, as he took the tic-tac-toe pass from Alex Steeves and Tyce Thompson just under five minutes into the first. However, goals from John Spetz, his first in the USHL, and Nick Abruzzese on the power play put Chicago up by one heading into the break.
It would take until late in the second period for Dubuque to retaliate. A set play off of a neutral zone faceoff put Jan Kern in the perfect position to set up a play where an initial point shot missed the net, and on the carom, Dalton Hunter stashed the rebound past a sprawled Justin Robbins to tie the game at two apiece.
Robbins, who came into the game with one USHL win to his credit, had to be sharp when the Saints came calling, which was often. He made 23 saves in the game, many of a grade-A variety. Castor, on the other end, withstood a Chicago siege in the third period and made 34 saves on the night.
The Saints return to action in 2018 on January 5, when the Muskegon Lumberjacks come to town. It's another College Night, where Purple Zone tickets plus $5 in Saints Bucks, start at just $10 with a valid college ID. Then, Saturday, January 6 is the Markers for St. Mark's School Supply Drive. School supplies donated on game night will be donated to St. Mark's Youth Enrichment. For tickets, go to DubuqueFightingSaints.com.
About the Dubuque Fighting Saints
The Fighting Saints returned to USHL play in the brand new Mystique Community Ice Center during the 2010-11 season, winning the Clark Cup in their first year back in the USHL. The Fighting Saints continued their success with a historic season in 2012 - 13, finishing with a franchise best 45 - 11â=80=908 record. The team claimed the Anderson Cup as the USHL's regular season champions for the first time in 30 years, and also earned the Clark Cup for second time in three seasons. In August 2013, the team took the Bronze Medal while representing the United States at the Junior Club World Cup in Omsk, Russia. The Fighting Saints have reached the Clark Cup Final three times in the past seven seasons, and has made it to the Clark Cup Playoffs for seven consecutive seasons. The club has produced a number of players that moved on to NCAA Division I hockey and have been drafted by NHL teams, including Zemgus Girgensons, Johnny Gaudreau, Mike Matheson and Matt Benning. The original Fighting Saints competed in the USHL for 21 seasons (1980-2001). The club won the Clark Cup as playoff champions on three occasions (1981, 1983, 1985) under head coach Jack Barzee. One of the most well-known alumni of the original Fighting Saints was Gary Suter, a 17â=80=90year NHL veteran, two-time Olympian, Stanley Cup champion, and member of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.
About Northern Lights Hockey, LLC
Northern Lights Hockey, LLC is the company that owns and operates the USHL franchise in Dubuque, Iowa. The owners of Northern Lights Hockey, LLC collectively provide an extensive background in both business and hockey, and represent interests on a national and local level. Philip Falcone, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of HC2 Holdings, Inc. and former part owner of the NHL's Minnesota Wild, is the company's principal owner. The ownership group also includes Peter Chiarelli, Edmonton Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager, Mark Falcone, and Brad Kwong, Managing Partner of Northern Lights Hockey, LLC. Philip Falcone, Chiarelli and Kwong all played hockey together at Harvard University in the mid-1980s. The group also includes local Iowan partners Mark Falb and David S. Field, M.D. Falb currently serves as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Westmark Enterprises, Inc. and Kendall / Hunt Publishing Company. Dr. Field has practiced orthopedic surgery for over 30 years and has been the driving force behind hockey in Dubuque. Dr. Field also owned the Dubuque Thunderbirds, the USA Hockey Tier III team that competed in the Central States Hockey League through the 2009-10 season.
-- Jordan Kuhns I Director of Broadcasting & Media Relations I Dubuque Fighting Saints 5-Time Clark Cup Champions