TEAM USA OUTPACES FIGHTING SAINTS
PLYMOUTH, Mich. - In a game that featured 54 shots on goal from the Dubuque Fighting Saints, and the first goal of the game scored by the visitors, it was the National Team Development Program's Under-17 squad that took control of the game. With a decisive goal late in the second period, and three more in the third period, the U17s defeated the Fighting Saints 7-4 on Friday night at USA Hockey Arena.
Matthew Boldy scored with 13 seconds left in the third period, capping off a second period in which Team USA struck twice and pulled away from a 2-2 tie after the first period of play.
That lead would be extended early in the third period, and Team USA traded goals with the Saints in the third to keep them at an arm's length. Danny Weight's bank shot at the 1:45 mark put the Americans up by three, and just when the lead seemed secure for Team USA, it wasn't. Chayse Primeau connected on the rebound following up on Scott Corbett and Quinn Preston's initial chances to get back within two.
Ryan Siedem's power play goal and John Beecher's empty net goal sandwiched a power play tally from Josh Maniscalco in his return to Plymouth. The former member of the NTDP wired a shot from the point, assisted by Preston and Alex Steeves at the 12:49 mark to, again, cut USA's lead to two, but that lead would stand the rest of the way.
Perhaps most important to the victory for Team USA was not their offense, but their goaltender. Spencer Knight weathered a 20-shot first period, and a 21-shot third period and made 50 saves en route to his fifth consecutive victory against USHL competition. USA was indeed opportunistic, as they struck on seven of 25 bids to the net.
Viktor Bovbel and Dalton Hunter got the Saints rolling in the first period. Bovbel converted just under five minutes into the game on a feed from Steeves, but four minutes later, Alex Turcotte responded to tie the game at one.
Patrick Moynihan and Hunter did the same in the latter half of the first period to come out of the first period tied at two apiece.
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.
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