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Dubuque Downed by U-17's, 4-2 on Saturday Night

November 28, 2020 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Dubuque Fighting Saints News Release

Isaac Howard continued his strong start to the USHL season as Team USA's NTDP was able to grab a 4-2 victory over the Fighting Saints on Saturday night. The U-17 group finished their two game road swing with three of a possible four points and the Fighting Saints couldn't get enough offense going to get their first win of the season. Dubuque fell to 0-4 after Saturday nights action.

-The first 10 minutes of the game belonged heavily to the Dubuque Fighting Saints as they carried play and generated 12 of the first 13 shots on net. Dubuque was unable to come away with anything to show for it as Tyler Muszelik was strong between the pipes.

-After the initial flurry from Dubuque, the NTDP settled in and struck first on the power play. Isaac Howard scored his fifth goal of the season on the second power play of the night for the NTDP, just eight seconds into the man advantage. Not long after, 57 seconds to be exact, Frank Nazar lit the lamp with a gorgeous sharp angle shot that snuck by the shoulder of Hobie Hedquist. The goal from Nazar doubled the lead and the two teams ended period one at a 2-0 score.

-The NTDP widened the gap in the second period as they made it 3-0 on a goal from Kaden Muir. The defenseman crashed from the point and took a pass from behind the net for the third of the night. Howard tallied again for the NTDP after to extend the advantage to four goals, making it six in three USHL games this season for Isaac Howard.

-Dubuque was able to get one in the second, late in the period. Danny Dzhaniyev recorded his fourth in as many games and his second on the power play for the Saints this season to give Dubuque life heading into the third period.

-Dubuque got off to a perfect start in the third period as they got an early goal from Evan Stella. The goal was Stella's second of the season and came off a pretty two on one feed from Connor Kurth.

-After that the NTDP settled into more of a defensive style and limited the high-quality chances for Dubuque.

-Jake Goldowski hit the post with about five minutes left in regulation and Dubuque took a late penalty before they could pull the goalie in the waning stages of regulation.

-Dubuque will stay at home as they play four more times on home ice to start the month of December. Dubuque will take on Waterloo and Chicago for the first time this season and the following weekend will meet back up with Muskegon for two games on the 11th and 12th.

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