CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — The Dubuque Fighting Saints scored two goals in all three of the first, second and third periods, and stayed perfect over the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. Cole Guttman unofficially scored a hat trick, Zach Solow’s infamous #SolowStreak stretched to 19 games, and the Saints topped the Riders 6-2 at The Stable on Friday night.
Guttman scored the first two goals of the game to start things off after sluggish start. It took over five minutes for the first shot on goal to be recorded, but one of the first ones after that point found a way through. Solow won a puck race into the corner, and centered a pass that deflected off of Guttman’s shin guard and past RoughRiders starter Drew DeRidder to start the scoring.
Guttman followed it up following a turnover in Cedar Rapids’ defensive zone. Colin Theisen fiddled the puck free, found Solow in the left circle, who dished a pass to Guttman waiting on the back door to give Dubuque the 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.
Guttman completed the hat trick, unofficially, on a late power play goal, set up by captain Dallas Gerads and Patrick Kudla halfway through the third period.
Jacob Hamacher, David Brumm and Theisen completed the scoring for the Fighting Saints, who have outscored Cedar Rapids 20-3 in the four matchups this season. Hamacher notched his 10th of the season, Brumm his fifth, and Theisen his team-leading 17th.
Cedar Rapids had only scored one goal in the season series heading into the game, and they made it a game early in the second period. Steven Agriogianis entered the offensive zone barreling down the left wing, and while facing up to the high slot, found Jakub Sirota darting down the middle, and his shot eluded the reach of Evan Fear to put CR on the board.
The Riders responded to Theisen’s goal three minutes later with a goal from Dalton Messina to cut the lead to 4-2, but Cedar Rapids would advance no further. Fear shut the door the rest of the way, making a big save on a late breakaway from Messina, and several other chances from the RoughRider forward. He made 21 saves in all for his second career USHL win.
Dubuque outshot CR 26-23 for the game, and went 1-for-4 on the power play, following the 5-for-8 performance they had in the last matchup two weeks ago.
The Saints return home to take on the Waterloo Black Hawks for a Dupaco Cowbell Cup rivalry matchup. Saturday is a College Night, along with media partner Xtreme 107.1 FM. Attack zone tickets plus $5.00 in Saints Bucks with a valid college ID can be purchased for $10.00. For tickets, call the box office at 563.583.6880, or go to DubuqueFightingSaints.com to secure your spot to watch the exciting action.