DE PERE, Wis. — The Dubuque Fighting Saints fired 12 shots on goal in the third period, but it was the Green Bay Gamblers, whose offense came to life after being shut out the night before in a 4-1 win over the Saints on Saturday at the Cornerstone Community Center.
The Fighting Saints found themselves down 3-1 on the scoreboard, and outshot 30-9 after two periods of play. Tyce Thompson got the Saints as close as they did on this night. Logan Pietila entered the offensive zone, and his pinpoint pass found Thompson on the back door, as he snapped the feed past Maksim Zhukov to cut Green Bay’s lead in half.
It didn’t take long, however, for Brock Caufield to take a Jesse Jacques pass along the goal line and find paydirt to extend Green Bay’s lead to two once again. Lean Bergmann added an empty netter with a minute to go in the third with the net empty, to put the game completely out of reach.
Evan Fear got the night started with a huge breakaway save on McKade Webster just minutes into the game, but it was the Gamblers’ relentless attack that pulled through eventually. Bergmann and Josh Dunne both scored in the first period to stoke Green Bay to the lead, with Bergmann’s backhand goal being the game winning tally on the night.
The Fighting Saints had chances to tie, with two odd-man rushes. Scott Corbett gave a cross-crease feed to Bauer Neudecker on an impromptu two-on-none break, but it was Zhukov’s replacement, Juraj Sklenar, who came up large on the first chance. He would do the same on a later odd-man rush to keep his team ahead in the game.
Green Bay ended up with the lead in shots on goal 36-21 for the game.
Up next for the Fighting Saints is the USHL’s Fall Classic in Pittsburgh. The action gets started on Thursday, September 28 against the Lincoln Stars at 7:00 p.m. CDT. Catch all of the action on Dubuque’s Super Hits 106.1 FM, or on the USHL’s streaming video provider, HockeyTV.