WATERLOO, Iowa — The Dubuque Fighting Saints ended up with a weekend split after their travel to snowy Waterloo on Saturday. The Saints scored once in each period en route to a 3-2 win over the Waterloo Black Hawks at Young Arena.
Regen Cavanagh used the open space afforded to him at 4-on-4 midway through the third period. Following a rush up the ice by captain Dallas Gerads, Cavanagh powered home the rebound off of the pads of Waterloo goaltender Robbie Beydoun to put Dubuque up 3-1.
Waterloo responded with a power play goal from Kevin Charyszyn—just the second power play goal on home ice for the Hawks, to cut the Saints’ lead, but they would get no further. Beydoun headed to the bench for the extra attacker following the major penalty power play, but Waterloo was unable to generate a shot on goal in the final minute of action.
Dubuque started the scoring on Saturday night with a goal from Alex Steeves in the first period, who scored on his 17th birthday. Quinn Preston’s foray into the offensive zone was stifled by Waterloo’s defense, but Jacob Hamacher followed up on the play and found Steeves all alone in front of Beydoun’s net and deked to the forehand to put the Saints up 1-0.
Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup continued the scoring in the second period after a dump-in by Austin Rueschhoff. The Danish forward worked around the perimeter, stickhandled by two defenders and ripped a shot through Beydoun to put the Saints up 2-0.
Bailey Conger scored for Waterloo early in the third period, as both goals for the Black Hawks came in the final frame of regulation time.
Jaxon Castor notched his 13th win of the season for the Fighting Saints, which ranks one win behind Sioux City’s Matiss Kivlenieks for the top spot in the league. The Arizona-native goaltender, and first star of the night, has won his last five starts.
The Fighting Saints return home for a two-game set with the Tri-City Storm starting on Friday, December 16 for #Saint4Life Night. The Fighting Saints will be paying homage to the players of the past with a brand-new alternate jersey, and an appearance by former defenseman Andrew Kerr. The 50/50 raffle on the night will benefit his recovery from an offseason accident. Saturday, December 17 marks a tote bag giveaway, available to the first 1,500 fans to enter Our House. For tickets, call the box office at 563.583.6880, or go to DubuqueFIghtingSaints.com.