CHICAGO — Dubuque’s winning ways continue. The Fighting Saints took a 2-0 lead in the first period and never looked back en route to a 3-1 win over the Chicago Steel at the Fox Valley Ice Arena on Saturday night. It was the Steel’s first loss on home ice, and the Saints’ third consecutive win.
Jacob Hamacher, Dallas Gerads and Cole Guttman tallied for the Fighting Saints, who had the lead and never relinquished it through regulation time.
Gerads tallied the game-winning goal while flying off of the bench. Austin Rueschhoff carried the puck into the corner, and connected with the streaking Gerads who deposited the puck over Steel goaltender Ales Stezka to make it 2-0. The Steel’s leading goal scorer, Walker Duehr, responded for Chicago just minutes later, but that was as far as they would get.
Dubuque got one more goal early in the second period from Cole Guttman, who raced through the center zone, cut to the middle, and whipped a puck through the legs of Stezka to extend the lead to two goals. No goals were scored after that point.
Hamacher started the scoring early in the first period with his fifth point on the weekend. After a relay from Alex Steeves and Patrick Kudla, the RIT commit worked into the right circle, and ripped a top-shelf missile past Stezka to start the scoring.
Jaxon Castor picked up his tenth win of the season by making 22 saves in the third-star effort on the night. He proved valuable, especially on the penalty kill, in which the Steel went 0-for-6 on the night. Castor also made his best save of the night on Tyler Gratton in the third period.
Neither team connected on the power play.
The Saints have won three games in a row, and have garnered standings points in nine of the last ten games to rise to a share of second place in the Eastern Conference along with the Muskegon Lumberjacks. Chicago remains atop the conference standings with 30 points, with the Saints just four points back.
After a week of rest, the Dubuque Fighting Saints will travel to Green Bay to take on the Gamblers at the Resch Center on Friday, December 2 at 7:05 p.m. Join the action on the radio home of the Saints, Dubuque’s Super Hits 106.1 FM, or on the USHL’s streaming video provider, HockeyTV.