Dubuque Fighting Saints

Fighting Five: Saints Visit Capitols to Finish Weekend

February 24, 2024 - United States Hockey League (USHL)
Dubuque Fighting Saints News Release

MIDDLETON, WI - The Dubuque Fighting Saints (30-9-3-3, 66 pts) visit the Madison Capitols (18-19-4-2, 42 pts) to wrap up a home-and-home series on Saturday night.

Here are five things to know ahead of the matchup:

1. Friday Frenzy

Friday's 8-4 Saints win featured two periods in which a combined five-or-more goals were scored. After Madison opened the scoring in the first, the Saints took a 2-1 lead. Then, after the Capitols tied the game at two, Dubuque finished the period with a pair to take a 4-2 lead into the intermission.

The third period began with a 5-2 Dubuque advantage. It quickly dwindled to a one-goal lead 5:19 into the final frame. However, the Saints responded with three goals the rest of the way to finish an 8-4 victory.

2. Goals Galore

Dubuque has scored 15 goals over its last pair of games and has 30 goals in the last five games overall. The Saints are tied with the Fargo Force for the most goals in the USHL with 203 total.

In 45 games, the Saints have averaged 4.5 goals-per-game. Of their 203 tallies, 55 have come on Dubuque's league-best 33.1% power play.

3. Depth Delivers

In Friday's win, the Saints saw four goals scored by their fourth-line players. Josh Giuliani scored the first goal for the Saints to even the game 14 seconds after they went down 1-0. Giuliani capped his first-career multi-goal game with an insurance goal after Dubuque's three-goal lead was cut to one.

Teddy Merrill scored his seventh goal of the season, while Nick Romeo added his ninth on a late power play for the Saints. Defenseman Luke Malboeuf also added his second goal of the season for the Saints in the first period of the win.

4. Kromm's Kill

The Fighting Saints' penalty kill, led by assistant coach Alex Kromm, has been sensational this season. The Saints' kill stopped both of Madison's chances last night and sits just 0.3% behind Fargo's league-leading 84.6% penalty kill.

In the last 10 games, the Saints' kill is muffling opponents at a 92.3% rate. Dubuque has not allowed an opposing power-play goal in 14 opportunities over the last five contests.

5. Capitol Breach

Madison entered the weekend as the fourth-stingiest defense in the league, allowing 3.3 goals-per-game. In the first meeting of the season between the teams on Dec. 9, the Saints only scored twice and responded with eight goals in Friday's win.

Friday's game was the second time this season the Capitols have allowed eight-or-more goals.

Friday's game begins at 7:05 p.m. CST in Middleton, WI and can be found on Eagle 102.3 and FloHockey.

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