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Explosive Second Period, Power Play Helps Dubuque Down Madison

February 11, 2019 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Dubuque Fighting Saints News Release

The Fighting Saints scored three second period goals and got points from 10 different players as they defeated Madison 5-4 on the road. The Fighting Saints built a three goal lead after two periods of play and then hung on in the third. Dubuque managed five of six points in their three games.

-Bram Scheerer, Logan Pietila, James Sanchez, Matias Maccelli and Michael Feenstra all had multi-point games for the Fighting Saints. Scheerer had two goals as he played well on the line with Maccelli and Pietila.

-The Fighting Saints broke things open in the second period with two power play goals. Dubuque hadn't had a power play in seven periods before Maccelli tallied 11 seconds in to the first power play of the game. Willie Knierim scored the second power play goal of the game for Dubuque.

-The five goal output was the first time Dubuque has hit that total since December 1st against the Green Bay Gamblers. Dubuque had seven goals in that game. The Fighting Saints had yet to score more than four since the winter break.

-With the win, Dubuque shot a point ahead of Cedar Rapids in the standings and now sit in fourth once again. Dubuque has played two more games than CR, but the Fighting Saints seem to be figuring things out recently and have strung together a nice three-game point streak.

-Madison, who have struggled all season long offensively, surged in the third period and made things tougher for the Fighting Saints. Madison scored twice in the span of a minute ten seconds in the third to bring the game within one.

-Though Matthew Thiessen wasn't tested much in the first two periods, he had to stand tall in the final stanza to secure the win. Even in the first two periods, Thiessen made a handful of quality stops.

-Dubuque won their third straight over the Capitols and second in a row on the road against Madison. Each game has been close, but this was the first where the offenses exploded. There were nine goals total in tonight's game as opposed to 12 in the first three games.

-Madison also tallied two power play goals as the special teams units were a big factor in the game. The Saints penalty kill game in to the game struggling and Madison was able to take advantage.

-Dubuque will face the Capitols in less than a weeks time at the Capitol Ice Arena once again. The Fighting Saints now have 13 road wins this season after tonight's victory.

-Next up for Dubuque, a date with Green Bay on Friday night. The Saints will finish their season series with the Gamblers with puck drop slated for 7:05pm.


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