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Dubuque's Comeback Effort Falls Short, Chicago Holds on 3-2

March 16, 2019 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Dubuque Fighting Saints News Release

The Fighting Saints comeback bid fell short against the Chicago Steel as Dubuque fell 3-2 on Saturday night. The Saints scored with under 10 to play and made a late push, but Chicago's defense came up with a few big blocks to seal the win. The Steel are now 2-1 against Dubuque this season.

-Matias Maccelli tallied his 27th of the season on a breakaway goal late in the third. Maccelli had a quieter night but still found a way in to the scoring. The Fighting Saints leading scorer has 62 points on the year.

-Chicago remains unblemished when leading after two periods of play. The Steel were up 2-1 after 40 minutes and moved to 21-0 when leading after the first two periods. The Steel scored early in the third and held on amidst a Dubuque flurry late.

-Josh Groll added to Chicago's lead in the third period as the Steel forward was able to get just enough of the puck passed Thiessen. Groll's wicked wrister was his ninth goal of the season and was the first time either team had a two-goal lead.

-The five combined goals is the same number of goals that the winning team has scored in the first two games. The defenses played well on both sides, but the offenses also sputtered more in this game. There were long stretches of play without shots let alone quality opportunities.

-Through two periods, the teams combined for just 23 shots. Both Dubuque and Chicago showed little offensive firepower, compared to what they did in the first two games. The 2-1 score after two is the lowest score the two have combined for in their first three games.

-The Chicago Steel took control of the last 10 minutes in the second period, scoring two goals in that time frame. Robert Mastrosimone tied things up for Chicago with his 27th of the season on a hard shot from between the circles. Later, with just over a minute remaining in the stanza, Matteo Pietroniro scored his 17th, going five hole on Thiessen to give Chicago the lead.

-The first period was largely uneventful after the Gaber goal. Both teams traded a few chances but for the most part the play was kept to the outside. Chicago missed their one golden chance of the period when Gunnarwolfe Fontaine skied a wrister wide of the net a few minutes after Gaber scored.

-Riese Gaber tallied the opening goal for the Fighting Saints, scoring his third goal of the weekend. Gaber's 19 goals rank second on the Fighting Saints and his 41 points also rank second. The North Dakota Commit has been electric for the Fighting Saints as of late.

-The Saints have a three-game week up ahead as they travel to Madison on Wednesday and then host the top team in the league on Friday and Saturday. Tri-City will roll in to town with 83 points on the season.

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