GREEN BAY — Saturday night was a battle of dominant periods. The Gamblers controlled the first and third, but in the second period, David Brumm’s decisive goal was the only one of the night, and Jaxon Castor’s 30 saves on the night led the way for the Dubuque Fighting Saints in a 1-0 win over the Green Bay Gamblers at the Resch Center.
After Paul O’Connor’s interference minor penalty late in the second period, Jacob Hamacher and Zach Solow forced a steal on the half wall, and Brumm lifted a high-rising shot to the shelf that bested Gamblers goaltender David Hrenak to put the Saints up 1-0. That was the only goal they would need on the night, but it didn’t come easy.
The Gamblers outshot the Fighting Saints 14-2 in the first period, and 14-3 in the third period. The Saints took it to the Gamblers in the second period, outshooting them 12-2. That middle frame proved decisive, however.
The Gamblers got a late power play on a cross-checking minor penalty by Brumm, but were unable to capitalize. Castor stonewalled Casey Mittelstadt, Dante Palecco twice, and Chris Grando on a rebound opportunity on that late power play, but even with Hrenak at the bench for the extra attacker afterwards, Green Bay was unable to capitalize late.
Dubuque’s penalty kill is now 37 of the last 38.
Castor’s 30-save shutout was his second of the season, and dating back to the preseason, his third overall. He stopped 46 of 48 shots fired his way for a .958 save percentage.
Hrenak was solid in net for the Gamblers, as he made 16 saves.
The Fighting Saints are back in action on Friday, November 18 against the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. Country Night comes to town, along with media partner WGLR-FM. The first 500 fans to enter Our House will receive a shot glass. For tickets, call the box office at 563.583.6880, or go to DubuqueFightingSaints.com to order today.