There was a Philadelphia connection to Dubuque winning the United States Hockey League championship.

The Fighting Saints defeated the Green Bay Gamblers, 6-1, to win the Clark Cup finals on Saturday. Dubuque is coached by Jim Montgomery, a former Phantoms player who was on the 1998 Calder Cup champions.

Flyers draft pick Nick Luukko, of West Chester, is a first-year defenseman for Dubuque. John Gaudreau, of Carney's Point, N.J., scored an empty-net goal for the Fighting Saints. *