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Dubuque Travels to Muskegon for Final Series of 2020

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

Fresh off a strong win over the NTDP U-18's, the Dubuque Fighting Saints will look to keep their momentum going in another conference series against the Muskegon Lumberjacks. The Saints were scheduled to play on Saturday against the Green Bay Gamblers before the matchup was postponed. Dubuque hasn't been able to crack the code that is Muskegon this season and will see if a change of scenery against the Jacks can flip the script.

-Offense. That has been the story of the four games so far between Muskegon and Dubuque. The Jacks have won all four, scoring 7,6,4 and 5 goals in the games. Dubuque has scored four goals twice and five goals once but have fallen just short in three of the four contests.

-Though it was over a week ago, the Saints should still be riding some momentum after a thrilling victory over the NTDP. Dubuque's offense final got on track, and players who haven't factored into the scoring much like Tristan Lemyre showed up in a big way.

-Muskegon is predicated on offense, offense, offense. They have scored 60 goals (second in the USHL) and have allowed 60 goals (2nd most in the USHL). With 15 points they sit comfortably in third in the Eastern Conference.

-Cam Berg and Danil Gushchin continue to lead the way for the Lumberjacks, both contributing 18 points through the team's first 12 games. Berg's 11 goals rank in a tie for first in the USHL with Matt Coronato.

-Connor Kurth leads the Saints in scoring, pouring in 13 points through 12 games. He and Stephen Halliday (12 points) are the only Saints players at a point per game so far this season. Kurth leads the league in rookie scoring.

-The Tuesday and Wednesday games will pit two strong power plays against two weak penalty kills. Dubuque sits at 21% on the PP while Muskegon operates at closer to 26%. The Saints PK is sitting at only 67.6% but the Lumberjacks are a league worst, 64.9%.

-This will be a rare game for Muskegon in the sense that they will be playing at home. The Jacks have played the second fewest home games this season, with just two under their belts. Only Lincoln, who has played once on home ice, has fewer.

-With two wins, the Lumberjacks would clinch the season series. The two teams, who normally don't see each other often, will play 10 times this year due in large part to Cedar Rapids and Madison foregoing the 2020-21 season.

-Dubuque will take the ice after the New Year at home as they play January 2 nd and 3rd. Puck drop is 7:05 and 3:05 for the Saturday, Sunday contests.

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