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Steel Hand Fighting Saints Second Straight Loss Saturday, 7-3

February 16, 2013 - United States Hockey League (USHL) Dubuque Fighting Saints

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STEEL HAND SAINTS SECOND STRAIGHT LOSS SATURDAY

*Chicago scores four goals in first period, earns 7-3 win over Dubuque*

BENSENVILLE, Illinois-A night after an eight game winning streak came to an end, the hope was the Dubuque Fighting Saints would come into Saturday's game in Chicago looking to start a new streak. That didn't happen this evening as the Chicago Steel jumped all over Dubuque, scoring four goals in the first period en route to a 7-3 win at the Edge Ice Arena. The Fighting Saints second straight loss dropped them to 34-8-3.

Chicago got goals from Woody Hudson and Patrick Polino only 34 seconds apart in the first period and in a blink of an eye, it was 2-0 Steel. Hudson beat Dubuque goalie Arthur Brey on a two-on-one with a shot that snuck under Brey's left pad at 9:11. Then Patrick Polino scored at 9:45 on a rebound that was directed up and over Brey's glove, and Head Coach Jim Montgomery elected to make a goaltending change to help get his team to respond to an early deficit.

Christian Frey entered the game and made some key saves, but two more pucks found the back of the Dubuque net before a rocky first period ended. Tyler Heinonen scored a powerplay goal for the Steel at 13:42 of the first period from Hudson and Drew Smolcynski at 13:42. MacKenzie MacEachern made it 4-0 at 17:43 of the first period as he knocked in a Landon Smith rebound that Frey originally stopped with his shoulder. Chicago outshot the Fighting Saints 15-6 in the first period.

In the second period, the two team's traded goals. Dubuque's Mike Szmatula scored his 32nd goal of the season from Shane Sooth and Phil Boje at 10:52. Szmatula took a pass from Sooth in mid-ice and wristed a shot form the high slot that beat Chicago goalie Alex Sakellaropoulos through the legs to make it 4-1. The Steel would respond with a late powerplay goal at 18:12 as Charlie O'Connor accepted a pass on the left wing, cut to the middle and fired a shot over Frey's glove to extend Chicago's lead back to four.

The Fighting Saints appeared to have a comeback in mind to start the third period as Szmatula scored his second goal of the game only 19 seconds in the final frame, to make it 5-2 on a tip from a point shot from Mike Downing. After killing off a minor penalty, Dubuque struck again to cut Chicago's lead to two. Eric Freschi converted on an Evan Janssen rebound and beat Sakellaropoulos over the blocker to make it 5-3.

The Steel would score the game's next two goals to put the contest away as Patrick Polino scored his second of the game at 8:26 on the powerplay on a weak shot that rolled through Frey's legs and Danny Fetzer chipped in a rebound over Frey at 15:44 from the left wing.

Dubuque went 0-for-5 on the powerplay while Chicago went 3-for-6. Dubuque outshot Chicago 35-29 in the loss.

Next weekend the Fighting Saints play a pair of Prairie Farms Cowbell Cup games on the road. Friday the Fighting Saints visit Waterloo and Saturday night Dubuque travels to Cedar Rapids. The Fighting Saints return home on Friday, March 1 versus Cedar Rapids for the first of nine home games during a busy month. Tickets are available to all upcoming home games by calling 563.583.6880 and online at 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. In two seasons, the club has produced a number of players that moved on to NCAA Division I hockey. At the 2012 NHL Draft, six players with ties to Dubuque were selected, including first-round picks Zemgus Girgensons (14th, Buffalo) and Mike Matheson (23rd, Florida.) 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 17-year NHL veteran, two time Olympian, Stanley Cup winner, and member of the US Hockey Hall of Fame.**

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*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, Chief Investment Officer of Harbinger Capital Partners and part owner of the NHL's Minnesota Wild is the company's principal owner. The ownership group also includes Peter Chiarelli, General Manager of the Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins, 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- 1980's. 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 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.

-- Zack Fisch Broadcasting/Media Relations Coordinator Dubuque Fighting Saints D: 563-587-2216 F: 563-583-6257 C: 913-660-4131 TIX: 563-583-6880 zfisch@dubuquefightingsaints.com

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

STEEL HAND SAINTS SECOND STRAIGHT LOSS SATURDAY

Chicago scores four goals in first period, earns 7-3 win over Dubuque

BENSENVILLE, Illinois-A night after an eight game winning streak came to an end, the hope was the Dubuque Fighting Saints would come into Saturday's game in Chicago looking to start a new streak. That didn't happen this evening as the Chicago Steel jumped all over Dubuque, scoring four goals in the first period en route to a 7-3 win at the Edge Ice Arena. The Fighting Saints second straight loss dropped them to 34-8-3.

Chicago got goals from Woody Hudson and Patrick Polino only 34 seconds apart in the first period and in a blink of an eye, it was 2-0 Steel. Hudson beat Dubuque goalie Arthur Brey on a two-on-one with a shot that snuck under Brey's left pad at 9:11. Then Patrick Polino scored at 9:45 on a rebound that was directed up and over Brey's glove, and Head Coach Jim Montgomery elected to make a goaltending change to help get his team to respond to an early deficit.

Christian Frey entered the game and made some key saves, but two more pucks found the back of the Dubuque net before a rocky first period ended. Tyler Heinonen scored a powerplay goal for the Steel at 13:42 of the first period from Hudson and Drew Smolcynski at 13:42. MacKenzie MacEachern made it 4-0 at 17:43 of the first period as he knocked in a Landon Smith rebound that Frey originally stopped with his shoulder. Chicago outshot the Fighting Saints 15-6 in the first period.

In the second period, the two team's traded goals. Dubuque's Mike Szmatula scored his 32nd goal of the season from Shane Sooth and Phil Boje at 10:52. Szmatula took a pass from Sooth in mid-ice and wristed a shot form the high slot that beat Chicago goalie Alex Sakellaropoulos through the legs to make it 4-1. The Steel would respond with a late powerplay goal at 18:12 as Charlie O'Connor accepted a pass on the left wing, cut to the middle and fired a shot over Frey's glove to extend Chicago's lead back to four.

The Fighting Saints appeared to have a comeback in mind to start the third period as Szmatula scored his second goal of the game only 19 seconds in the final frame, to make it 5-2 on a tip from a point shot from Mike Downing. After killing off a minor penalty, Dubuque struck again to cut Chicago's lead to two. Eric Freschi converted on an Evan Janssen rebound and beat Sakellaropoulos over the blocker to make it 5-3.

The Steel would score the game's next two goals to put the contest away as Patrick Polino scored his second of the game at 8:26 on the powerplay on a weak shot that rolled through Frey's legs and Danny Fetzer chipped in a rebound over Frey at 15:44 from the left wing.

Dubuque went 0-for-5 on the powerplay while Chicago went 3-for-6. Dubuque outshot Chicago 35-29 in the loss.

Next weekend the Fighting Saints play a pair of Prairie Farms Cowbell Cup games on the road. Friday the Fighting Saints visit Waterloo and Saturday night Dubuque travels to Cedar Rapids. The Fighting Saints return home on Friday, March 1 versus Cedar Rapids for the first of nine home games during a busy month. Tickets are available to all upcoming home games by calling 563.583.6880 and online at 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. In two seasons, the club has produced a number of players that moved on to NCAA Division I hockey. At the 2012 NHL Draft, six players with ties to Dubuque were selected, including first-round picks Zemgus Girgensons (14th, Buffalo) and Mike Matheson (23rd, Florida.) 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 17-year NHL veteran, two time Olympian, Stanley Cup winner, and member of the US 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, Chief Investment Officer of Harbinger Capital Partners and part owner of the NHL's Minnesota Wild is the company's principal owner. The ownership group also includes Peter Chiarelli, General Manager of the Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins, 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- 1980's. 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 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.

-- Zack Fisch

Broadcasting/Media Relations Coordinator

Dubuque Fighting Saints

D: 563-587-2216

F: 563-583-6257

C: 913-660-4131

TIX: 563-583-6880

zfisch@dubuquefightingsaints.com

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