Gaber's Three Point Night Leads Dubuque over Chicago, 5-3, in First Meeting of the Season
In the Fighting Saints first matchup of the season with the Chicago Steel, Dubuque's offense roared. Led by Riese Gaber, Dubuque downed the Steel 5-3 on Friday night. Gaber tallied two goals and an assist in the Saints win. Dubuque scored five goals or more for the fourth time in the last six games.
-Chicago got off to a fast start, scoring the first two goals of the game. Matteo Pietroniro and Gunnarwolfe Fontaine scored in the first and second periods respectively as Chicago jumped out to a two goal lead. Coming in to the game the Steel were 18-3 when scoring first.
-Dubuque played a tremendous second period to get back in the game. Riese Gaber, Ty Jackson and Dylan Jackson teamed up for both goals as Gaber netted his 14th and 15th goals of the season. Dubuque and Chicago entered the third period tied at two.
-41 seconds in to the third J.D. Greenway scored quite possibly his prettiest goal of the season. Greenway played the puck off his skate to himself and sniped over the glove of Justin Robbins from the far circle. The goal was Greenway's sixth of the season.
-Dubuque used the Jackson and Gaber line to score their fourth goal of the game as well. The three banged below the circles for the fourth goal and what turned out to be the game winner.
-Despite being held largely in check, Nick Aburzzese still found his way on to the scoresheet twice for the Steel. The USHL's leading scorer had two assist to push his league lead to 62 points. Robert Mastrosimone scored the third goal of the game for Chicago, his 22nd of the year.
-Both teams played a run and gun style and the game opened up from the get go. The Fighting Saints matched the Steel in all three zones. Chicago's offensive prowess was clear, but the Fighting Saints got the upper hand in the battle.
-Chicago will head back to home ice, a place they have been incredibly successful as of late. The Steel have won 14 of their last 15 on home ice. Dubuque improved to 8-10-1-2 on home ice with the win. They have seven more home games during the month of March.
-Matthew Thiessen stopped 24 pucks for his 15th win of the season. The Dubuque netminder made some key stops, especially late in the game to stave off a flurry of action from the Steel. Chicago almost tied the game after the Mastrosimone goal with about five minutes to play.
-The Fighting Saints stayed in fifth place, but moved to one point back of Youngstown and eight points back of the Steel in second place. Dubuque will look to sweep a weekend home and home for the first time this season when they head to Chicago tomorrow.
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