DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS: The Under-17 Team plays the NTDP's lone games of the weekend as they travel to the Hawkeye State for a pair of games in Dubuque.
The Fighting Saints are in the thick of the playoff race, currently one of three teams with 58 points in 51 games played, alongside Green Bay and Cedar Rapids.
NTDP alum (2019-21) Ryan St. Louis, who committed to Brown University this week to further his playing career, leads all Dubuque skaters with 21 goals, 35 assists and 56 points, with a team-high 19 of those points coming on the man advantage. St. Louis' point total places him in the top-10 of all USHL skaters.
Max Montes (20g-17a--37pts), Jake Sondreal (11g-23a--34pts) and Michael Burchill (11g-21a--32pts) all aid in the Saints scoring charge.
Defenseman Max Burkholder has had one of the best seasons of any blueliner in the league as he's racked up 43 points (16g-27a) in 51 games this season, the second-most points for any USHL defenseman.
In cage, Dubuque has gotten some impressive play from Swede Marcus Brannman, who has posted a 20-9-3-1 record in 34 appearances, with a 2.95 GAA and .902 SV%. Backing him up is Paxton Geisel, who has a 6-10-2 record in 19 games.
The two-game set will be the final games of the regular season between the NTDP and Dubuque.