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Saints Set for Three in Three in Michigan

February 20, 2020 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Dubuque Fighting Saints News Release

After a split with Green Bay, Dubuque won't see home ice this weekend as they take to the road for a three in three. The Saints visit Plymouth, Michigan on Thursday to take on the NTDP U-18's before trekking to Muskegon for a two-game series against the Lumberjacks. It will be Dubuque's third three in three since returning from the winter break and the Saints will have one remaining the rest of the season.

-With three Chicago wins over the weekend, the Saints fell 10 points behind the Steel with two games in hand. Still, Dubuque was able to extend their lead over Team USA and are now 14 points removed from third place.

-Riese Gaber became just the third Fighting Saints player to hit 50 goals for his career during the Tier-1 era. Gaber grabbed the milestone goal in the first period of Friday night's game. Gaber is now in sole possession of second place on the Saints charts, four behind leader Seamus Malone.

-Heading into the weekend, Gaber, Ty and Dylan Jackson all have a chance to hit 100 career points. Gaber is five points away; Dylan is seven and Ty needs 10 to hit the century mark. All three played in their 100th games last week.

-The Saints have yet to give up 100 goals this season, sitting at 95 allowed through 40 games. Dubuque is the only team in the league who have allowed fewer than 100 goals and the next closest team in Omaha, sits 17 goals above Dubuque.

-The Saints went 1-2 during their first three in three before going 2-1 in their next three in three. Dubuque won all three games once last season but went 1-2 during the other three three in threes of 2018-19.

-Thursday night will be the first and only matchup of Dubuque and Team USA's U-18 program. The U-18's haven't played a league game since Friday, December 13th.

-Dubuque needs just one more win to hit 30 for the eighth time in 10 years at the Tier-1 level. The Saints club record is 45 in a season, which also stands as a tie for the best mark in USHL Tier-1 history.

TEAM USA

-The collective Team USA unit has been in a freefall since the team went on an 11-game winning streak. They have just one win in their last 10 games played and sit just two points clear of fourth-place Green Bay. The team has lost eight straight, all eight losses coming from the U-17's

-The U-18's are 11-2 during league play this season. Their only two losses have come to Youngstown and Tri-City and they have not lost in the USHL since November 22nd.

-Brett Berard leads the team in scoring during USHL play this year. Berard has 18 points through 13 league games. The Providence commit had 12 points in 27 league games last season.

-Despite being precariously close to fourth place in the Eastern Standings, Team USA will likely get a boost from the U-18's. The older squad will play 12 of the last 22 USHL games and with their stellar record thus far, should be able to create a gap between Team USA and the rest of the East once again.

MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS

-After the best regular season in team history, Muskegon has been down this year. The Lumberjacks still sit in a playoff spot, but are perched just one point ahead of Cedar Rapids, with the RoughRiders holding two games in hand.

-Muskegon is 3-6-1 in their last 10 and on a current three-game slide heading in to the weekend. Luckily for Muskegon, they are 9-8-2 at home and the bulk of their games the rest of the season will be at the LC Walker Arena.

-Danil Guschin and Rhett Pitlick make the offense click for the Jacks, holding the top two spots on the team's scoring list. Guschin has 41 points in 36 games and when on, is one of the top players in the league. Pitlick, who was acquired from the Omaha Lancers, has 25 points in 22 games with Muskegon this season.

-Last season, Muskegon possessed the third best penalty kill which aided one of the best defensive teams in the league. This season, the Jacks have the second lowest kill in the league and have allowed 41 goals on the man advantage.

-During the regular season against Dubuque last season, the two teams split with each winning one at home and one on the road. Every game was decided by one goal and Matias Maccelli had the game winner in both Fighting Saints wins


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