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Dubuque Downed by Des Moines' Two Late Third Period Goals

March 9, 2019 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Dubuque Fighting Saints News Release

Two late third period goals gave the Des Moines Buccaneers just enough to get passed the Fighting Saints on Saturday night as Dubuque split the weekend with a win over Muskegon on Friday. Dubuque never trailed until the waning stages of the third period, when TJ Walsh scored the game winning goal on a penalty shot.

-For the second weekend in a row, Dubuque played two great games and came away with just two points. The Fighting Saints were phenomenal for two periods and then Des Moines got the better of them during the final stanza.

-J.D. Greenway had another stellar game for the Fighting Saints as he scored the opening goal. Greenway has been a monster for Dubuque lately, factoring in on the scoring, but also playing big time minutes on the blue line as well.

-The Buccaneers, one of the best third period teams in the league, showed just why with their comeback effort. It started with a seeing-eye shot from Nick Andrews for his first USHL goal with just over six minutes left. Shortly after Dubuque covered the puck in the crease illegally and TJ Walsh scored on the subsequent penalty shot.

-The Fighting Saints slipped to sixth in the standings as Team USA won twice on Saturday. The Saints will have to battle their way up the standings the rest of the season in an increasingly crowded Eastern Conference.

-Willie Knierim factored in to the scoring to give him 23 points in 23 home games this season. The power forward slid a puck through the legs of Des Moines netminder Roman Durny for his 15th of the season. Knierim's goal was his 93rd point as a Fighting Saint.

-Speaking of Durny, he was phenomenal all night. He turned away 35 pucks en-route to the win as he won all three games this week. Durny kept the Buccaneers in the game after the first period, as Dubuque bombarded him with shots early.

-The Buccaneers slide seems to be over, as they swept their way through Waterloo and Dubuque this weekend. The Bucs won all three games during the week, with a 3-1 win over Fargo on Tuesday as well.

-With his assist on the Knierim goal, Matias Maccelli secured his 58th point of the season and now has a four-game point streak for Dubuque. Maccelli has been the offensive workhorse for Dubuque all season.

-The road doesn't get any easier moving forward. Dubuque will tangle with Madison next weekend and then face Chicago the day after. The Capitols have won twice in the last two weekends against the U-18's and Cedar Rapids. Chicago has won 14 of their last 16 at home.

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