Montgomery Earns 100th USHL Win
Friday January 25, 2013
Dubuque Fighting Saints head coach Jim Montgomery. (photo courtesy of the Dubuque Telegraph Herald)
It wasn’t easy and took some extra hockey, but the Dubuque Fighting Saints pulled out a thrilling 4-3 shootout victory on Friday which gave head coach Jim Montgomery his 100th regular season victory in the USHL.
Dubuque seemed to be on their way to winning in regulation until the Muskegon Lumberjacks pulled the goaltender for the extra attacker and scored the tying goal with just 45 seconds remaining in the third period. Following a scoreless overtime session, the team went to a shootout that last eight rounds. John Stevens converted in the eighth round of the shootout, the only player to score, and the Saints skated away with the victory. Goaltender Connor Girard stopped all eight shooters he faced, to go along with 35 saves through regulation and overtime, and collected his 11th victory of the season.
Montgomery currently has the Saints on top of the USHL standings with a 27-6-3 record (57 points). He has compiled a 100-40-16 record through his first 156 games in Dubuque, a .692 winning percentage. The coach guided the Saints to a Clark Cup title in his first season (2010-11) and would be named USHL General Manager of the Year. He has recorded an 11-5 record over 16 USHL postseason games. Five players that Montgomery has coached have gone on to be selected in the NHL Draft, including two first-round picks in 2012 – Zemgus Girgensons and Mike Matheson.
Earlier this week, Montgomery coached Team East at the 2013 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.
Montgomery played 12 seasons of professional hockey, including parts of six seasons in the NHL. He had a record-setting collegiate career at the University of Maine where he is the school’s all-time leading scorer and helped them capture the NCAA Championship in 1993.
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