DUBUQUE, Iowa — Kevin Charyszyn started the scoring for the Waterloo Black Hawks, but the Dubuque Fighting Saints had other ideas on home ice. Six unanswered goals, including two by captain Dallas Gerads, paved the way for the Saints en route to a 6-1 drubbing of the Hawks on Saturday night at the Mystique Community Ice Center in front of 2,736 fans.
Gerads snapped an 11-game goalless drought with his first goal, which put the Hawks away in the second period, 30 seconds after David Brumm’s tally. Gerads followed up his goal with one more, seven minutes later, which extended the Saints’ lead to 5-1.
Cole Guttman responded to Charyszyn’s shorthanded tally with a goal three minutes later. Zach Solow, whose point streak was extended to 20 games, fiddled a feed through to a streaking Guttman, who stashed a shot to the top shelf to tie the game at one apiece.
Solow is now one game away from tying a Tier I USHL record for point streaks, as he could tie the mark next Friday night on home ice. Guttman’s point streak was extended to nine games with his goal—his fourth of the weekend.
Seven minutes later, Regen Cavanagh ended an eight-game goal drought of his own with a goal, following a Jacob Hamacher shot that clanked off iron. The Virginia native followed the shot to the net and fired the puck over a fallen Robbie Beydoun to put Dubuque up 2-1. That was the game-winning goal in this game that featured a dominating effort by the Fighting Saints.
Already up big, Keenan Suthers put a bookend on the best effort of his USHL career, a three-point night, by lifting a backhander off of a pass by Quinn Preston, whose point streak was extended to ten games, with five goals and 10 assists inclusive. Suthers now has three goals and
Jaxon Castor continued to remain tied with Sioux City’s Matiss Kivlenieks for the league-lead in wins (18), and remained the league’s workhorse with 1,672 minutes played. He picked up the win by making 23 saves on the night. He allowed the first shot on goal, but stopped the next 23.
The Fighting Saints remain home for two more games, as they take on the Youngstown Phantoms for a weekend set. The Saints take on the Phantoms on Friday at 7:35 p.m. for a Telegraph Herald Family 4 Pack Night, and will turn around on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. for Johnny Gaudreau Night, sponsored by Dubuque Fire Equipment. The first 1,000 fans will receive a Johnny Gaudreau bobblehead doll, thanks to Dubuque Fire Equipment.
For tickets, call the box office at 563.583.6880, or go to DubuqueFightingSaints.com.