Dubuque Fighting Saints Get Frosty with Souix Falls In Texas
The Dubuque Fighting Saints (23-9-1-3, 50 pts) are set to embark on a thrilling journey to Dallas, Texas for the USHL Frosty Cup, where they will face off against the Sioux Falls Stampede. The anticipation is palpable, with president of business operations, Robert Miller, expressing great excitement about this unique opportunity.
The USHL Frosty Cup, now in it's 5th year, is hosted annually at the Comerica Center in Frisco, Texas, by the USHL and Dallas Stars. This year’s installment features 56 youth teams from 14 states descending on The Lone Star State and is highlighted by a pair of regular season USHL games.
The recent games for the Saints have been a mix of outcomes, including a split weekend against the Rough Riders and Buccaneers. Despite a tough loss to Cedar Rapids, the team bounced back with a significant win against Des Moines, solidifying their position as the top team in the Eastern Conference with an impressive 50 points.
One notable highlight was the collaboration between the Saints and Flexsteel for a fundraising event supporting the City of Hope. The event, despite the team not securing a victory, was a success in terms of raising funds for an organization working on crucial medical advancements, particularly in childhood diabetes and cancer.
The upcoming Frosty Cup is generating immense excitement, as the Saints prepare to compete in NHL facilities in Dallas. Robert Miller highlighted the significance of playing in such renowned arenas, providing a unique experience for both players and staff. The Frosty Cup is not only a chance for high-stakes competition but also an opportunity for players to adapt to the different dynamics of larger arenas.
As the team gears up for the Frosty Cup, key players are expected to play pivotal roles. Captain Jake Sandral (46 points), known for his offensive prowess and calming presence, is anticipated to lead the team with his level-headed approach. On the defensive front, Joona Vaisanen has been a standout player, contributing at both ends with crucial goals and shrewd defensive play. Additionally, goalie Kevin Reidler has excelled, earning USHL goalie of the week on 3 separate occasions.
The Frosty Cup matchups against the Sioux Falls Stampede (19-15-2-1, 41 points) promise to be intense and exhilarating. The Stampede, currently positioned third in the Western Conference, bring a formidable challenge to the Saints. With both teams having high-powered offensive capabilities, the games are expected to be fast-paced and potentially high-scoring.
It's worth mentioning the Saints will be donning their new "Black-out" jerseys which will be auctioned off on their home return February 2nd against the Chicago Steel.
The Frosty Cup is not just a hockey event; it's an experience that provides exposure to NHL-level competition and facilities. For the players, it's an opportunity to showcase their skills in a different setting and adapt to the challenges of larger arenas. In fact, both teams feature players who have already been selected in the NHL Draft including Artur Cholach (Sioux Falls, drafted by Vegas in 2021, sixth round, #190), Kevin Reidler (Dubuque, drafted by Ottawa in 2022, fifth round #151) and Juraj Pekarcik (Dubuque, drafted by St. Louis in 2023, third round #76).
Fans are eagerly anticipating the broadcasts, with Josh Starr set to bring live coverage from Dallas at 6:40pm CST on both Thursday and Friday evening. The puck drops each night at 7pm. The Dubuque Fighting Saints are ready to make their mark in the Frosty Cup, and hockey enthusiasts can expect two nights of thrilling action as the team strives for victory in the heart of Texas.
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