Dubuque Splits Weekend Series, Steel Top Saints 5-3 on Saturday
The Chicago Steel did just enough to get passed the Fighting Saints on Saturday night, besting Dubuque by a score of 5-3. The final score and the way the game played out was almost identical to the game on Friday. Dubuque hopped out to a 2-0 lead but Chicago methodically moved back to tie it up heading in to the third. Chicago scored on the power play early in the third and added an empty netter for the 5-3 final.
-Dubuque got off to a perfect road start, with two goals in the first five minutes. Riese Gaber scored just over two minutes in on the power play and then Bram Scheerer tallied at even strength to give the Saints a quick lead.
-Robert Mastrosimone, who had a five point weekend, scored the first goal of the game for the Steel to give them some life midway through the second. Mastrosimone added two assists later in the game.
-After one, the score was 3-2 as Matias Maccelli scored the third goal for the Saints and Josiah Slavin tallied in the last minute for Chicago.
-Despite not scoring after the first period, Dubuque created their fair share of chances against the Steel. Justin Robbins came up with a few key saves for Chicago and the Steel also caught a few breaks, namely Willie Knierim missing the net on a breakaway chance late in the third period.
-Chicago scored once in the second and twice in the third. Neil Shea scored the lone goal of the second period with a backhand goal over the glove of Matthew Thiessen. Slavin popped his second of the game behind a diving Thiessen on the power play in the early third. Josh Groll iced the game with an empty netter late in the final minute of the third.
-Thiessen had a solid weekend against one of the top offensive teams in the league. Chicago has the second most goals in the USHL with 186, but Thiessen was up to the task both nights. Most of the Steel goals were through screens or wide open nets.
-Ty Jackson, Riese Gaber and Dylan Jackson combined for 12 points during the weekend. Ty had a five point weekend, Gaber tallied four points and Dylan had three. The line looked as good as they have during any point this season.
-Matias wasn't overly active, at least in comparison to his usual weekends, but he still scored twice to extend his goal lead on the team. Maccelli has 24 goals on the season and he still sits top five in the league with 56 points.
-The Saints will be home for both games next weekend as they take on the Muskegon Lumberjacks and the Des Moines Buccaneers.
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