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Five Goal Second, Gaber Hat Trick Give Dubuque 7-2 Win

December 14, 2019 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Dubuque Fighting Saints News Release

The Fighting Saints used a five goal second period to propel themselves to a fifth straight win as they dominated the Green Bay Gamblers with a 7-2 win on Saturday night. The Saints head in to holiday break with an 18-3-1 record and another weekend sweep, this time over the Gamblers. Riese Gaber collected his first career hat trick while Stephen Halliday and Ryan Beck each had three points as well.

-Gaber scored twice during the wild second period as his line with Beck and Halliday were all over the ice. He waited until late in the third to score his third of the game as he deposited it behind the Gamblers netminder with less than a second left.

-The seven goals scored by the Saints ties their high for the season which they recorded in Waterloo. That game also featured a hat trick with Matthew Kopperud scoring three in that win for the Saints.

-Another strong defensive effort for Dubuque was backstopped by good performance in net. Aidan McCarthy was not tested nearly as much in this one, but his two wins over the weekend once again were propelled by a few highlight stops.

-Beck and Halliday both had big nights for the Saints with three-point outings. Halliday had three assists for the Saints while Beck scored a goal and added two assists. Both recorded four points over the weekend.

-Dylan and Ty Jackson both recorded their second multi-point games of the weekend as they finished with two points each and four on the weekend. Ty had a goal and an assist while Dylan added two assists.

-Green Bay showed some fatigue in the second period and on as they were skating with just 17 players all weekend. The Gamblers were shorthanded with five injuries before the week started and those showed their effects the later the game went on.

-The Saints had their first fight of the season and Reggie Millette dropped the gloves with Ryan O'Reilly. It wasn't much of a scrap as O'Reilly and Millette tussled and bear hugged for about 20 seconds before being separated.

-Braden Doyle had an assist in the game to move his point streak to five games. Doyle had three points over the weekend, fresh off a four-point weekend and USHL defenseman of the week honors as well.

-It's holiday break time for Dubuque as they are off until December 27th. They start the next half of the season with two in Cedar Rapids before a home tilt against Team USA.

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