DUBUQUE, Iowa — The Waterloo Black Hawks came into the weekend perfect when leading after two periods of play. That mettle was tested as the Dubuque Fighting Saints rushed back from a 4-2 deficit to tie at 4, but Nick Swaney and Ace Cowans scored in the shootout to give the Hawks a 5-4 win over the Saints on Saturday night at the Mystique Community Ice Center.
Severi Isokangas, who started for the Hawks after Robbie Beydoun was suspended, was forced into the spotlight in tonight’s game. He stopped Cole Guttman and Zach Solow in the shootout, and Jaxon Castor, who came into the game in relief of Mike Robinson, stopped Shane Bowers, but was unable to stop the silky moves of Swaney and Cowans.
At one point, the Fighting Saints found themselves up by one following a Dallas Gerads shorthanded goal about seven minutes into the second period. But Cowans, Swaney, and top prospect Shane Bowers scored unanswered to relay the Black Hawks into a great position entering the third period of play, where, as mentioned prior, they had not lost.
However, the Saints used their hot power play to move into a position to strike. David Brumm started manufacturing the comeback with the secondary assist on Jacob Hamacher’s goal at 16:57, a back door tap-in set up by Zach Solow to cut the lead to one. Brumm completed that comeback with Castor pulled for the extra attacker at 18:15.
A back-and-forth overtime solved nothing, even though Patrick Kudla and Quinn Preston created great chances to end the game, but Isokangas stood tall in goal for the Hawks.
Gerads gave the Fighting Saints the lead shorthanded, following a too many men on the ice penalty. Colin Theisen pressed the attack down the right wing side, and threaded a feed to the forward for his second tally of the season, but the lead lasted all of 90 seconds, as Cowans scored to knot the game up.
Waterloo’s power play, which got four chances in the second period, was rewarded, as Swaney pounced on a blocked shot at the side of the goal and rammed the puck into the net for his sixth of the season. Bowers scored six minutes later with his first goal against the Fighting Saints in his career, which dated back to last season.
Taylor Brierley and Garrett Klee traded goals in the first period, in an even frame.
The Dubuque Fighting Saints’ power play scored for the sixth consecutive game, and scored on two of four opportunities. Waterloo went one of five in Saturday’s tussle.
The Fighting Saints remain home to play a back-to-back with the Muskegon Lumberjacks on Friday, November 4 for Stuff the Truck for Clare Cares, sponsored by Hy-Vee. Donate two or more canned goods at the game to benefit the St. Stephen’s Food Bank, and receive a coupon to receive 10 cents off of your next gas purchase at a local Hy-Vee gas station.
On Saturday, November 5, be part of the rally for our Bernie For President Night! The first 1,000 supporters will receive a commemorative Bernie button! For tickets, call the box office at 563.583.6880, or go to DubuqueFightingSaints.com today!