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Fighting Five: Saints Wrap up Series in Youngstown

March 2, 2024 - United States Hockey League (USHL)
Dubuque Fighting Saints News Release

YOUNGSTOWN, OH - The Dubuque Fighting Saints (31-10-3-3, 68 pts) complete a road-series against the Youngstown Phantoms (26-14-4-3, 59 pts) on Saturday night.

Here are five things to know ahead of the matchup:

1. Fighting Forward

In Friday night's 6-4 win, the Fighting Saints earned a victory despite trailing by a pair of goals twice in the contest. Dubuque fell behind 2-0 and 3-1 in the game, but fought back to earn two points.

Two second-period power-play goals helped Dubuque get back in the game and erase Youngstown's advantages. Dubuque's power play leads the league at 33.7% and has converted at a 39.4% rate in the last 10 contests.

2. Boeuf Bingo

Luke Malboeuf scored his first-career game-winning goal in Friday's win, responding to Youngstown's tying goal just 20 seconds later. It was Malboeuf's third goal of the season and it put the Saints ahead 5-4 with 7:04 remaining in the game.

Malboeuf, a Monroeville, Pennsylvania native, scored less than 90 minutes from his hometown to lift the Saints to a win.

3. Powell Power

Noah Powell scored the Saints' third goal of the night on Friday, capping their power-play outburst in the second period. It was Powell's 26th of the season as he recorded a two-point night to reach the 50-point mark for the first time in his career.

Powell gained sole possession of the league-lead with 12 power-play goals this season. He's scored four power-play goals in his last seven contests.

4. March Madness

The Saints' magic number to clinch a Clark Cup playoff berth sits at three after Friday night's results. Both USA squads lost, so the Saints' win dropped their magic number from nine to three on Friday night.

Dubuque can wrap up a playoff berth on Saturday with any combination of three points between points earned by the Saints or lost by the NTDP teams. Both NTDP teams play on Saturday with the U18s hosting Madison and the U17s visiting Cedar Rapids.

5. Phantom Files

The Phantoms lost just once in regulation in 18 home games before Friday night's defeat to the Saints. Friday's win was the Saints' first regulation win in Youngstown since Dec. 11, 2021.

Dubuque lost three-of-four contests in Youngstown last season, capping their lone win in a shootout on Nov. 12, 2022.

Saturday's puck-drop is scheduled for 7:05 EST/6:05 CST at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, Ohio. The game can be found on Eagle 102.3 and FloHockey.

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