Showing posts with label Dubuque Fighting Saints. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dubuque Fighting Saints. Show all posts

Friday, February 7, 2014

Saints obtain John Baiocco from Fargo

Press Release

DUBUQUE, IA —Hours before the USHL's trade deadline, the Dubuque Fighting Saints finalized their 23-man roster by acquiring forward John Baiocco, along with a 2014 12th Round Phase II Draft Pick, from the Fargo Force. In return, the Fighting Saints dealt a 4th Round and a 7th Round selection in Phase II of the 2014 USHL Draft to Fargo. Dubuque had an open roster spot to obtain Baiocco after the club dealt Andrew Gaus to Cedar Rapids on January 20.

Baiocco, 18, was the leading scorer for the Force this season, notching 9 goals and 13 assists for 22 points in 37 games. Fargo originally drafted him in the 4th round of the 2011 USHL Future's Draft. The 5-foot-8, 165 pound forward is a native of Morristown, New Jersey is committed to play college hockey at Yale.

Prior to his time in the USHL, Baiocco played at the Delbarton School in New Jersey where he was a member of the team from 2009-2013, and was a two-time First Team All-State forward. He scored 36 goals and 82 points in 2012-2013 to help the team to its sixth consecutive state title. Baiocco won four state titles with Delbarton and had 81 goals and 103 assists in 184 games in his career.

Baiocco rounds out the Fighting Saints 23-man roster for the remainder of the 2013-2014 regular season and the 2014 Clark Cup Playoffs. The USHL's Trade Deadline is 11:59 p.m. Thursday night.

The Fighting Saints host Waterloo Saturday night at the Mystique Community Ice Center at 7:05 p.m. in a key Prairie Farms Cowbell Cup matchup. It is Olympic Night and tickets are available by calling 563.583.6880 or by visiting DubuqueFightingSaints.com

 (Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Lincoln vs Dubuque Rescheduled

Press Release

Due to the winter storm forecast for the area, the Lincoln Stars home game vs the Dubuque Fighting Saints scheduled for tomorrow night at the Ice Box has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 18th.  All tickets and parking passes for tomorrow's game will be honored on the 18th. 

"With the snow, high winds, and dangerous windchills expected for Tuesday evening, our primary concern is for the safety of our players, fans, and the Dubuque players traveling to Lincoln," said Stars President Jim Pflug.  "The USHL and Fighting Saints organization agreed to reschedule the game.  We apologize for any inconvenience." 

(Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

Friday, January 31, 2014

Saints Defenseman Makes College Commitment

Press Release

 The Dubuque Fighting Saints announced that defenseman and team captain Alexx Privitera has committed to play collegiate hockey at the University of Vermont beginning next season.

Privitera has appeared in all but one of the 35 games for the Saints this season and is tied for first on the team with 27 points (6g, 21a).  His point total is fourth amongst USHL defensemen and he is third in that group with 21 assists.  The Old Tappan, New Jersey native has been a force on the power play this season as his 12 assists on the man-advantage are tied for third among all USHL players.

It is the third USHL season for Privitera.  He first played in the League with Team USA during the 2009-10 season before joining the Muskegon Lumberjacks for their inaugural campaign in 2010-11.  Over his USHL career, he has recorded 67 points (19g, 48a) and 194 penalty minutes over 125 regular season games.

Privitera also helped the Saints capture the bronze medal this past August at the 2013 Junior Club World Cup in Omsk, Russia.  He was named the best defenseman of the tournament, scoring six points (4g, 2a) over five contests, including a hat trick in the bronze medal game.

He joins his young brother and Saints teammate, Jarrid Privitera, who committed to the University of Vermont this week.  Teammate Robby Darrar will also attend the school along with three other current USHL players – Drew Best (Green Bay Gamblers), Kevin Irwin (Green Bay Gamblers), and Haralds Egle (Muskegon Lumberjacks).

The University of Vermont is a member of Hockey East and has 10 USHL alumni on the Catamounts roster this season; Mario Puskarich (Tri-City/Waterloo), Michael Paliotta (Team USA), Jake Fallon (Indiana Ice), Connor Brickley (Des Moines Buccaneers), H.T. Lenz (Des Moines Buccaneers), Colin Markison (Omaha Lancers), Matt White (Des Moines Buccaneers), Thomas Forgione (Sioux Falls/Cedar Rapids), Nick Luukko (Dubuque Fighting Saints), and Anthony DeCenzo (Tri-City Storm).

Additionally, Vermont assistant coaches Kevin Patrick (Muskegon Lumberjacks, 2010-12) and Kyle Wallack (Indiana Ice, 2011-12) were both head coaches in the USHL.

 (Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

Saints forward commits to University of Vermont

Press Release

The Dubuque Fighting Saints announced that forward Jarrid Privitera has committed to play collegiate hockey at the University of Vermont following his USHL career.

Privitera has appeared in all 35 games for the Saints this season and recorded 23 points (7g, 16a), ranking fifth on the team in scoring.  He has registered multi-goal games on three occasions this season and has posted a plus-six rating during the team’s current seven-game winning streak.  The 19-year-old is playing his second full season in the USHL after helping Dubuque capture the Anderson Cup and Clark Cup during the 2012-13 campaign.  He scored 26 points (15g, 11a) and posted a plus-19 rating over 56 regular season contests before adding six points (2g, 4a) in 11 playoff games.

The Old Tappan, New Jersey first appeared in the USHL for the Saints during the 2011-12 season and recorded one assist over three games.  He was also part of the Dubuque team that represented the United States in the 2013 Junior Club World Cup in Omsk, Russia and helped win a bronze medal.

Privitera is joined by Saints teammate Robby Darrar who is also committed to the University of Vermont.  Four other current USHL players are committed to the school; Drew Best (Green Bay Gamblers), Kevin Irwin (Green Bay Gamblers), and Haralds Egle (Muskegon Lumberjacks).

The University of Vermont is a member of Hockey East and has 10 USHL alumni on the Catamounts roster this season; Mario Puskarich (Tri-City/Waterloo), Michael Paliotta (Team USA), Jake Fallon (Indiana Ice), Connor Brickley (Des Moines Buccaneers), H.T. Lenz (Des Moines Buccaneers), Colin Markison (Omaha Lancers), Matt White (Des Moines Buccaneers), Thomas Forgione (Sioux Falls/Cedar Rapids), Nick Luukko (Dubuque Fighting Saints), and Anthony DeCenzo (Tri-City Storm).

Additionally, Vermont assistant coaches Kevin Patrick (Muskegon Lumberjacks, 2010-12) and Kyle Wallack (Indiana Ice, 2011-12) were both head coaches in the USHL.

 (Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Saints Defenseman commits to University of Denver

Press Release

 Dubuque Fighting Saints defenseman Blake Hillman has committed to play collegiate hockey at the University of Denver following his USHL career.

Hillman has played in all but one of the 30 games for the Saints this season, recording seven points (1g, 6a).  He recently scored his first USHL career goal while also posting a plus-three rating in the 6-4 loss to Waterloo on January 4th.  He currently is tied for the team lead with an overall plus-12 rating this season.  The Saints selected the defenseman in Phase Two of the 2013 USHL Draft after he spent last season at Elk River High School in Minnesota.  The defenseman was also part of the Saints team that competed in the Junior Club World Cup in Omsk, Russia in August and helped Dubuque win bronze at the event.

Hillman, who will celebrate his 18th birthday later this month, is also gaining attention from the NHL as he was recently ranked #207 among North American skaters in the midterm rankings by NHL Central Scouting in advance of the 2014 NHL Draft.

The defenseman is joined by Dubuque teammate Dylan Gambrell who is also committed to the University of Denver.  Four other players who have competed in the USHL this season are committed to play hockey at the school; Logan O’Connor (Sioux Falls Stampede), Garrett Gamez (Tri-City Storm), Jared Fiegl (Team USA), and Kevin Conley (Youngstown Phantoms).

The University of Denver Pioneers are a member of the newly-formed National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) and are led by first-year head coach Jim Montgomery who spent the previous three seasons coaching the Dubuque Fighting Saints.  A total of 16 USHL alumni are on the roster for the Pioneers this season; Garrett Allen (Des Moines/Chicago/Fargo), Grant Arnold (Green Bay Gamblers),Will Butcher (Team USA), Josiah Didier (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Daniel Doremus (Sioux Falls Stampede), Brad Hawkinson (Lincoln Stars), Evan Janssen (Dubuque Fighting Saints), Zac Larraza (Team USA), Ty Loney (Youngstown Phantoms), David Makowski (Green Bay Gamblers), Trevor Moore (Tri-City Storm), Emil Romig (Indiana Ice), Quentin Shore (Team USA), Matt Tabrum (Omaha/Sioux Falls), Matt Van Voorhis (Sioux Falls Stampede), and Nolan Zajac (Omaha/Cedar Rapids).

(Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Saints add goaltender Reich, trade Stewart

Press Release

DUBUQUE, IA—The Dubuque Fighting Saints announced today they have added German goaltender Kevin Reich to the roster, and in a corresponding move, have traded goaltender Hayden Stewart to Corpus Christi in the NAHL for cash compensation.

Reich, 18, was recently listed as a "Player to Watch," by NHL Central Scouting for the 2014 NHL Draft. He stands at 6-foot-1, 198 lbs and comes to the Fighting Saints from Iserlohn, Germany. Reich has spent the majority of the 2013-2014 season with EC Salzburg II in the MHL, Russia's junior hockey league. He has appeared in six games, posting a 3-2-1 record, with a 2.64 goals against average and a .913 save percentage. Reich has professional hockey experience, appearing in a pair of games this season with EHC München of the DEL, Germany's top professional league. One of Reich's teammates with EHC München was Andy Wozniewski, a former NHL defenseman who played for the Fighting Saints in 1998-1999.

Reich also has experience representing his country on numerous occasions, playing for Germany's U-17 and U-18 teams in international play, and he appeared in one game for Germany at the 2014 IIHL World Junior Championships, appearing in the third period of a game versus Team USA.

Reich will wear #1 for the Fighting Saints and will practice with the team today.

Stewart appeared in 13 games for the Fighting Saints this season, posting a 6-6-1 record with a 3.10 goals against average, and a .896 save percentage. The Rockford, IL native was in his first full season in the USHL after spending time previously with Muskegon, and playing the 2012-2013 season with Corpus Christi.

The Fighting Saints travel to Des Moines Friday night before returning home Saturday evening to host the Green Bay Gamblers at 7:05 p.m. That evening will be A Night of "One-Stoppable Fun" presented by One-Stop Tax and Accounting Services. The first 1,000 fans get a Fighting Saints Wristband, and there will be a special warm-up jersey auction with proceeds benefiting the University of Iowa Children's Hospital. Tickets are available by calling 563.583.6880 or by visiting DubuqueFightingSaints.com.







(Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

Monday, January 6, 2014

Force acquire Anthony Petrella in Dubuque trade

Press Release 

Fargo Force defenseman and assistant captain Josh Elmes has been traded to the Dubuque Fighting Saints in exchange for forward Anthony Petrella.

The forward from Hilton, NY is currently playing at Shattuck St. Mary’s Midget Prep School. So far this season, he has 32 points in 27 games played scoring 16 goals and adding 16 assists. Petrella will join the Force at the start of the 2014-15 season.

In addition to the player trade, Fargo received a 6th round draft pick from the Fighting Saints in Phase 11 2014 USHL Draft, while Dubuque received Fargo’s 4th round pick. Fargo will name a new assistant captain later this week.

(Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Saints add goaltender Ben Johansson

Press Release

DUBUQUE, IA—The Dubuque Fighting Saints announced today that goaltender Ben Johansson has joined the team and will be eligible for action this weekend. Johansson takes the open roster spot previously occupied by Christian Frey, who left the Fighting Saints earlier this month to accept a scholarship at Ohio State.

Johansson is a native of Uppsala, Sweden who has junior hockey experience overseas. The 1994 born netminder stands at 6-foot-1 and 209 lbs and spent the last two seasons with the Almtuna J20 squad. This season, he appeared in 13 games, posting a 2.54 goals against average and a .902 save percentage. Johansson's increased workload this season was well deserved after a stellar performance in 2012-2013 in limited action. In 10 games, Johansson posted a 1.97 goals against average and a .913 save percentage for Almtuna J20.

The big, right-handed catching goaltender has been added to the team's 23-man roster and will wear #31 for the Fighting Saints.

In addition to the acquisition of Johansson, the Fighting Saints also announced today that Dylan Chanter has left the team. The Fighting Saints retain Chanter's rights in Tier-I junior hockey. Chanter's departure was not related to any medical issues.


(Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Goaltender Frey to join Ohio State mid-season

Press Release

DUBUQUE, IA- The Dubuque Fighting Saints announced today that goaltender Christian Frey has accepted a scholarship to Ohio State University, and due to the Buckeyes being shorthanded at the goaltender position, Frey will be leaving the Fighting Saints to advance to the NCAA level later this month. Frey's last game with the Fighting Saints will be Saturday, December 14 and he will join the Buckeyes for the remainder of their season.

"Ohio State has a need at goaltender, so they went and identified the top older goalie in juniors, and fortunately for Christian it was him," said Fighting Saints Head Coach and General Manger Matt Shaw. "Unfortunately for us, we are losing a big part of our team."

Originally drafted by Des Moines, Frey's USHL career started out with the Buccaneers where he played 15 games in 2011-2012 before being dealt to Tri-City. He spent parts of two seasons with the Storm before being released in late January 2013. Dubuque acted quickly and brought in the veteran goaltender, and Frey made his mark with the Fighting Saints.

"This is a situation where last year Christian was released by Tri-City, and then came to Dubuque, and in less than a year, he's got himself a scholarship to college, which has been his goal for a long time," said Shaw. "We wish him all the best at Ohio State."

In 2012-2013, Frey went 7-2-2 for Dubuque, posting a 2.54 goals against average. He appeared in one playoff game as Dubuque claimed its second Clark Cup title in the last three seasons.

This season, Frey has established himself as one of the USHL's top goaltenders. After a spectacular performance for Dubuque at the 2013 Junior Club World Cup in Omsk, Russia, Frey started the 2013-2014 USHL season out with a bang, recording back-to-back shutouts in his first two starts. Frey has compiled a 9-3-0 record so far this season, posting a stellar 2.08 goals against average and a .918 save percentage.

Frey will be on the Fighting Saints roster for the team's next four games prior to advancing to Ohio State. The Buckeyes do not play until December 28. Coach Shaw said a replacement for Frey will be named at a later date. Frey is the 17th player on Dubuque's active roster with a college commitment.

 (Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

The Fighting Saints have Saints formally invited Ron Burgundy himself to Friday’s game

Press Release

DUBUQUE, IA—Friday is Ron Burgundy Night at the Dubuque Fighting Saints game, and its kind of a big deal. The Fighting Saints host team USA U-17 at 7:35 p.m. and the night will pay homage to the upcoming ten-year anniversary of the Will Ferrel comedy hit, Anchorman, and the upcoming Anchorman 2 film, slated to hit theaters later this month.

Much like Ron Burgundy himself, the evening promises to be legendary. Top quotes from the movie will be played all night long, and look a-like anchormen are welcome. Select kids will be invited to sit behind the anchor desk in our own junior anchorman contest. The Fighting Saints are encouraging fans to dress up like their favorite members of the Channel 4 news team, because rocking a blazer over a turtleneck is a big whammy.

Fan's knowledge of the movie will be tested with trivia, and the evening will feature an intermission contest relay race focusing on the movie's key moments. While some of details are classified information, we can tell you that milk will be chugged, burritos will be tossed, and bears will be fought. Fans will also emulate Ron Burgundy's jazz flute skills during Friday's game with an air jazz flute contest. While there are thousands of other things to do in Dubuque, we are "72 percent sure" fans will love coming to Ron Burgundy Night Friday.

If that is not enough excitement for you yet, we guarantee these ideas will provoke you to buy tickets, because "60 percent of the time they work every time." When a player takes a penalty, rather than sit in the penalty box, he'll feel shame in the "glass case of emotion." The Fighting Saints will hope to make visits to "Pleasure Town," a place reserved for that feeling you get when you score. The Fighting Saints, much like the movie's weatherman Brick Tamland, "love lamp," so they hope to be scoring goal after goal to light the goal lamp all night long.

They'll be plenty of "LOUD NOISES," as music from the movie, including the Anchorman theme, and Afternoon Delight, will all be played throughout the evening. Ron's iconic dog, Baxter, will not be in attendance, however an even more impressive dog, the Fighting Saints mascot, Bernie the St. Bernard, will be. Bernie has taken a page out of Baxter's book and has befriended one of Team USA's kind, and will help tame the furious beasts aiming to attack the Fighting Saints, leading Dubuque to a victory and a number one spot in the rankings.

The Fighting Saints would like to extend an invite to Rob Burgundy himself to join (is it a soft j?) the Fighting Saints at Friday night's game. Seeing the famous news anchor in Bismark, North Dakota last week gave the Fighting Saints the idea that despite his move to a national network, Mr. Burgundy might have enough room in his heart make a quick stop in Dubuque, Iowa for a night honoring his greatness. With that, the Fighting Saints can promise the best anchorman in the business a VIP package if he stops into Friday's game. Mr. Burgundy can drop the ceremonial first puck, take over the broadcast booth, and the Fighting Saints would provide Ron all the scotch he can drink, within reason.

Tickets to the "gun show"—sorry—Ron Burgundy Night, are on sale now. Fans can purchase tickets to this legendary night by calling 563.583.6880 or visiting at DubuqueFightingSaints.com.
For all of us with the Fighting Saints, you stay classy Dubuque.

 (Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Phantoms announce schedule change for upcoming home games

Press Release

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Youngstown Phantoms announced today schedule changes for two upcoming home game dates at the Covelli Centre. Due to schedule conflicts with the Covelli Centre, the Phantoms’ game vs. the Indiana Ice, originally scheduled for March 22, 2014, has been moved to Saturday, Dec. 27, 2013 at 7:05 p.m. EST; and the game vs. the Dubuque Fighting Saints, originally scheduled for Feb. 28, 2014, has been moved to Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 at 7:05 p.m. EST.

Please note that the Phantoms will honor all previously purchased tickets on the rescheduled game dates. Please contact the Phantoms Office at 330.747.7825 with any questions or issues.

Game Date     Start Time
Saturday, Dec. 27, 2013 vs. Indiana Ice (previously March 22)     7:05 p.m. EST
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 vs. Dubuque Fighting Saints (previously Feb. 28)     7:05 p.m. EST

(Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

Friday, November 8, 2013

Dubuque defenseman commits to Air Force

Press Release

 Dubuque Fighting Saints defenseman Phil Boje has committed to play college hockey at the United States Air Force Academy following his USHL career.

Boje has appeared in all 10 games for the Saints this season and is tied for second on the team with three goals.  He netted two goals in the 6-2 victory over Chicago on October 25th.  The 19-year-old defenseman had scored one goal in 48 previous USHL games.  He also has posted a plus-four rating.

The Shoreview, Minnesota native collected four points (1g, 3a) and posted a plus-five rating in 42 games for the Saints last season, helping them earn the USHL’s best record in the regular season to capture the Anderson Cup.

Sioux Falls Stampede defenseman R.J. Majkozak is also committed to the Air Force.  The school is part of the Atlantic Hockey Association and has eight USHL alumni on the roster this season; Max Birkinbine (Des Moines Buccaneers), Chad Demers (Fargo Force), Cole Gunner (Tri-City/Chicago/Fargo), Max Hartner (Green Bay Gamblers), Johnny Hrabovsky (Tri-City Storm), George Michalke (Sioux Falls Stampede), A.J. Reid (Fargo Force), and Dan Weissenhofer (Fargo/Lincoln).

Additionally, the Falcons head coach Frank Serratore spent six seasons coaching in the USHL (Omaha Lancers/Rochester Mustangs/Austin Mavericks) and is among the all-time leaders in winning percentage (.710).

 (Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Saints Activate Dylan Chanter from Injured Reserve

Press Release

DUBUQUE, IA—Less than a month after sustaining an injury from a scary fall to the ice, Dubuque defenseman Dylan Chanter is ready to return to the lineup. The Fighting Saints announced today that they have activated Chanter from the 25-day injured reserve list, making him eligible to play in the team's games this weekend in Muskegon. To open a roster space for Chanter, the Fighting Saints will return Jake Bushey to Kenai River of the NAHL.

"It's a great feeling to be back," said Chanter. "I'm really excited to be back and get going. I couldn't give enough thanks to our trainer Sean Murdoch as well as all the staff in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. They did a fantastic job, and my neurologist couldn't have been a better guy. I'm excited to get back in the lineup. I really can't wait to be in the dressing room before a game and know I am about to play."

On October 12 in Cedar Rapids, Chanter sustained a serious injury with 11:58 remaining in the game's second period. With Dubuque trailing Cedar Rapids 2-0, Chanter engaged in a fight with RoughRiders forward Corey Petrash. At the end of the fight, Chanter lost his balance, falling backwards, and striking his head on the ice. Chanter's helmet had come off during the altercation, and following his bare head hitting the ice, he suffered a seizure. Fighting Saints athletic trainer Sean Murdoch, as well as the training staff, and doctors on site in Cedar Rapids, immediately attended to Chanter. An ambulance was called, and Chanter had regained consciousness when he left the arena to be taken to a nearby hospital. Following Chanter's injury, the game was suspended and will conclude November 12 in Cedar Rapids.

Chanter had sustained a concussion from the fall. After undergoing a series of tests, and being flown to Iowa City to be examined by a neurologist, Chanter was released from the hospital later that night, and returned to Dubuque to rest with his housing family. Chanter's mother was able to travel to Dubuque to tend to Dylan in the days following the injury, and the medical attention Chanter received allowed him to recover quickly.

Once he was cleared to practice around two weeks ago, Chanter rejoined his teammates on the ice. He has been practicing with the team at full contact recently and is ready to return to game action.

"We are excited to get Dylan back," said Head Coach and General Manager Matt Shaw. "We wanted to make sure that all medical issues were behind him and he was cleared to play. He has been cleared, and he's been practicing with us for about a week and a half. It's time for him to get back in the game and he's looking forward to being back on the ice at game pace. We are very excited to have him."


 (Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

Monday, October 28, 2013

KCRG 9.2 to televise five Saints games

Press Release

DUBUQUE, Iowa - The Dubuque Fighting Saints announced today that five home games during the 2013-2014 season will be televised thanks to a partnership with KCRG 9.2. This is the fourth year the Fighting Saints have partnered with KCRG 9.2 to broadcast games to fans across the Tri-State region. The first broadcast from the Mystique Community Ice Center will be Friday, November 1 versus Muskegon. KCRG 9.2 will also televise games on January 4, February 8, March 8, and March 22.

"KCRG 9.2 is committed to live, local community coverage," said KCRG Broadcast Product Director Shannon Booth. "A perfect partnership is the one we've developed with the Dubuque Fighting Saints. KCRG is thrilled to be broadcasting several games in Dubuque again this season to our viewers across the area."

Three of the five broadcasts are Prairie Farms Cowbell Cup rivalry games. This rivalry series is a battle between the Fighting Saints, the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, and the Waterloo Blackhawks for the club with the best head-to-head record against their Eastern Iowa foes. KCRG 9.2 will televise Dubuque's home games versus Waterloo on both January 4 and February 8, as well as a Dubuque and Cedar Rapids tilt on March 22.

Fighting Saints broadcasters Zack Fisch and Don Keck will provide commentary for the KCRG 9.2 broadcasts. This season, KCRG 9.2's broadcasts will feature upgraded main cameras, and additional new cameras to provide viewers with angles of the game they have not seen before.

This is the fourth year the Fighting Saints and KCRG 9.2 have teamed up to televise games. The partnership began in the 2011 Clark Cup Playoffs, and has continued with KCRG 9.2 providing five regular season broadcasts of Fighting Saints games the last two seasons. The station has also aired select playoffs games, including televising Games 1 and 2 of the 2013 Clark Cup Final this past May.

The games televised on KCRG 9.2 will be available in the Dubuque area via Mediacom Cable on channels 109 and 115-6.




 (Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

Monday, October 21, 2013

Bushey advances to USHL

Press Release

 DUBUQUE, IA—The Dubuque Fighting Saints added to its blueline today, obtaining defenseman Jake Bushey from the Kenai River Brown Bears of the NAHL. Bushey was in his second season with the Brown Bears and played under current Dubuque assistant coach Oliver David in Kenai River last season. To open a roster spot for Bushey, the Fighting Saints placed defenseman Dylan Chanter on 25-day injured reserve.

Bushey, a native of Duluth, Minnesota, is off to a strong start to the 2013-2014 campaign, scoring two goals and seven assists and adding 16 penalty minutes in 12 games with Kenai River. The 6-foot, 190-pound defenseman is coming off a strong 2012-2013 season with the Brown Bears, skating in 54 games and adding six goals and 11 assists for 17 points. He also tallied an assist in five playoff games. Bushey was previously with Duluth Marshall High School in Minnesota, and in 2011-2012 the then senior had a superb season, scoring six goals and 25 assists for 31 points.

 (Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Suspended Dubuque-Cedar Rapids game to resume November 12

Press Release

 DUBUQUE, IA- The United States Hockey League announced today that the Dubuque Fighting Saints and Cedar Rapids RoughRiders would conclude the suspended game from Saturday, October 12 on Tuesday, November 12 at 7:05 p.m. in Cedar Rapids.

Dubuque defenseman Dylan Chanter was injured last Saturday midway through the game after falling and hitting his head on the ice following a fight. In light of the nature of the injury and the distress of both teams on the ice as well as the fans at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena last Saturday, the Commissioner and general management of both the Fighting Saints and the RoughRiders concurred that it was in the best interest of all present not to continue the contest.

"As they were on the evening this unfortunate incident occurred, the RoughRiders and Fighting Saints organizations have shown a measure of true dignity and professionalism in working together to find a way to finish the game," said President and Commissioner Skip Prince. "These teams are rivals on the ice, but true partners off it."

The game will resume on November 12 from the point at which it stopped. Therefore, play will resume with 11:58 on the clock in the second period with Cedar Rapids leading 2-0.

Fans in attendance on October 12 at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena can use their tickets on November 12 when the game resumes.

Chanter is doing well and is back in Dubuque with his billet family. He stopped in at the Mystique Community Ice Center Wednesday afternoon to watch his teammates practice

(Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Dubuque-Cedar Rapids game suspended Saturday

Press Release 

 DUBUQUE, IA—The United States Hockey League has suspended Saturday night's Dubuque Fighting Saints and Cedar Rapids RoughRiders game following an injury to Dubuque defenseman Dylan Chanter. The RoughRiders held a 2-0 lead over the Fighting Saints when the injury occurred midway through the second period at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena.

Chanter was injured when he fell to the ice following a fight. He was attended to by trainers and medical staff on site, and was transported to a local hospital shortly following. Chanter was conscious following the injury and when he was removed from the arena.

The Fighting Saints will provide an update on Chanter when one becomes available. Additional information about the resumption of Saturday night's game will come at a later date.

(Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Saints Forward Commits to Alabama-Huntsville

Press Release

Dubuque Fighting Saints forward Max McHugh has committed to play collegiate hockey at the University of Alabama-Huntsville beginning next season.

The 20-year-old forward is playing his first USHL season and has recorded one assist and a plus-three rating thus far to help the Saints to a 3-0-0 start.  He was also a key piece for the team in August when they traveled to Russia to compete in the 2013 Junior Club World Cup.  The forward netted a pair of goals over four games to help the Saints capture a bronze medal at the international event.  He was also selected to serve as one of the team’s assistant captains this season.

McHugh is a native of Edgewood, Washington and played youth hockey with the Seattle Admirals organization.  He spent the last three seasons in the NAHL playing for the Wenatchee Wild and was one of the league’s top scorers in 2012-13, including tying for the league lead with eight game-winning goals.
The University of Alabama-Huntsville is a new member of the WCHA and has five USHL alumni on the roster this season; Frank Misuraca (Lincoln Stars), Brandon Carlson (Dubuque/Lincoln/Fargo/Des Moines), Alex Carpenter (Tri-City/Chicago), Cody Marooney (Sioux City Musketeers), and C.J. Groh (Waterloo Black Hawks).  In addition, head coach Mike Corbett both played in the USHL for the Madison Capitols (1990-92) and served on the coaching staff for the Sioux Falls Stampede in 2001-02.


 (Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

Monday, September 23, 2013

Stampede acquire Clark Cup champion goalie Arthur Brey

Press Release

Sioux Falls, SD—The Sioux Falls Stampede added a veteran goaltender with an impressive resume to their roster on Monday. The club announced they acquired former Clark Cup champion Arthur Brey (BRY) off waivers. He is expected to join the team today and will be eligible to play this weekend.

The 6-foot, 150-pound netminder led the Dubuque Fighting Saints to the Clark Cup championship last year. He appeared in 38 games, going 24-6-4 with a 2.22 goals-against average (GAA) and a .904 save percentage. He was twice named the USHL’s Reebok Goaltender of the Week, claiming the honor in both November and February. His success carried over into the playoffs where he went 9-1-0 with a 1.65 goals against average and a .935 save percentage while helping guide the Saints to a Clark Cup title.

Brey traveled with the Fighting Saints to Russia for the 2013 Junior Club World Cup in August, appearing in three games and gaining the win against Belarus in the Bronze Medal Game. The Yorba Linda, CA native also appeared in three pre-season games with the Saints, going 1-0-0 with a 4.28 goals-against average and a .821 save percentage.


(Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Fighting Saints release goalie Arthur Brey

Press Release

DUBUQUE, IA—In preparation of the USHL regular season beginning next week, the Dubuque Fighting Saints announced today that they have released goaltender Arthur Brey, reducing the roster to 23 players. The Fighting Saints had been carrying three goaltenders during the preseason, and the move indicates that the team will begin the season with a tandem of Christian Frey and Hayden Stewart in net.

"It was a very difficult decision," said Head Coach and General Manager Matt Shaw. "This was certainly the toughest decision we have faced since I've been Head Coach and General Manager. Arthur handled it with nothing but complete professionalism. He wants to stay in the USHL so we want to give him that ability. The best way to have him stay in the League is for us to release him and any team that wants him can show that by stepping up and taking him."

Brey, a native of Yorba Linda, California, enjoyed a stellar season last year with Dubuque. The netminder came to Dubuque's try-out camp as a relative unknown and turned heads right away. His play earned him a roster spot with the Fighting Saints for the 2012-2013 season. Brey's USHL career started quickly, as the goaltender won his first start against Tri-City on September 28, and recorded his first USHL shutout versus Fargo on October 6. Brey split time with Connor Girard to start the year, but his play and success resulted in him taking over the reigns as the club's primary goaltender. Last year, he was among the USHL's statistical leaders, racking up a 24-6-4 record with a 2.22 goals against average and a .904 save percentage. He was twice named the USHL's Reebok Goaltender of the Week, claiming the honor in both November and February.

Brey missed part of last season with an injury sustained in a December car accident, but returned strong in February, earning a pair of wins his first weekend back, including a 3-0 shutout of Waterloo on February 9. Brey's success continued into the post season as he helped lead Dubuque to a Clark Cup title by going 9-1-0 in the playoffs with a sparkling 1.65 goals against average and .935 save percentage.

This preseason, Brey accompanied the Fighting Saints to Omsk, Russia for the 2013 Junior Club World Cup and appeared in three games overseas. He split time with Christian Frey in the exhibition loss to CSKA Red Army, took the loss in opening contest of the tournament versus HC Riga, and bounced back with a win over Belarus in the Bronze Medal Game. Brey also appeared in three exhibition games for the Fighting Saints, going 1-0-0 with a 4.28 goals against average and .821 save percentage.

"You want to have difficult decisions as an organization," said Shaw. "I had to make a tough decision. I counseled with our coaching staff, and we feel we have made the best decision for our hockey club."


 (Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)