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Maccelli's Overtime Winner Leads Dubuque to Thrilling 3-2 Win over Lumberjacks

March 8, 2019 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Dubuque Fighting Saints News Release

The Dubuque Fighting Saints topped the Muskegon Lumberjacks in dramatic fashion, winning 3-2 in overtime on a Matias Maccelli goal. The Saints split the season series with Muskegon but claimed an extra point finishing with five instead of the Lumberjacks four. Dubuque has now beaten the top two seeds in the East on back to back Friday's.

-Maccelli was somewhat quiet during regulation, but his 25th goal of the season sent a charge through the crowd. The goal was his 57th point and his fourth goal against the Lumberjacks this season. Maccelli also had the game winner on a breakaway with under a minute to play in Dubuque's first win over Muskegon.

-Matthew Thiessen was phenomenal for the Fighting Saints in net. Thiessen stopped 35 pucks in the win and made key save after key save. Coming in to the game he had a .920 save percentage and 2.59 goals against when playing against Muskegon.

-Not to be outdone, Brandon Bussi was phenomenal despite the loss. Bussi stopped 30 shots and made three or four highlight reel saves. The USHL's leader in wins was a difference maker as Dubuque had the better of the chances for most of the night.

-Muskegon accounted for both of their goals on special teams. The Lumberjacks scored a power play goal in the first and a shorthanded goal in the second. Muskegon still pressured the Fighting Saints, but Dubuque put forth a solid defensive effort to keep the high-flying offense in check.

-The Saints won for just the third time when trailing after two periods of play. The push was evident in the third and it paid off with just about 12 minutes gone by. Patrick Smyth scored a greasy goal with Cooper Haar and Derek Contessa assisting. The goal for Smyth was his third of the season.

-Dylan Jackson had a quiet two-point game for the Saints, his second multi-point game in the last three. Jackson now has 32 points this season, tied with his brother Ty.

-For the most part, Muskegon's big four was held in check. Even so, they still managed to find a way on to the score sheet. Alex Yakavenko, Egor Afanasyev and Mikael Hakkarainen all factored in to the first goal.

-With the win, Dubuque has won two in a row and three of their last four on home ice. The Saints have nine home games remaining on their schedule, so strong play at home is key.

-The Fighting Saints will be back in action tomorrow against the Des Moines Buccaneers who are coming off an overtime win themselves. Des Moines took care of Waterloo 5-4 and are making the trek to Dubuque tonight. The Saints dropped the only meeting so far this season with Des Moines, losing 6-3 on the road.

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