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Opportunistic Hawks Beat Saints at Fall Classic

By Jordan Kuhns, 09/29/17, 6:45PM CDT

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Waterloo strikes four times in the third en route to rout

PITTSBURGH — The Dubuque Fighting Saints cut Waterloo’s third-period lead with a goal from Tyce Thompson, but the Black Hawks rode four goals in the third to win 6-2 over the Saints on Friday night at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex and the USHL’s Fall Classic.

Thompson quickly responded to a Bobby Trivigno goal at the 10:18 mark, scoring just 18 seconds later. He skated into the high slot and zipped a shot past Hawks goaltender, and Philadelphia Flyers prospect, Matej Tomek. Waterloo struck twice more after Thompson’s goal within the next two and a half minutes, to extend the lead to 6-2.

Garrett Klee and Jax Murray capped the scoring for the Hawks, with Klee’s on the power play, and Murray’s at even strength.

The Fighting Saints got the scoring started on Friday with success on a broken play. Quinn Preston broke up a play at the blue line and sent Chayse Primeau skating on a two-on-one break. Primeau tried to get the puck to Thompson down the right wing, but the puck deflected off of a Waterloo defender and through the wickets on Tomek to put Dubuque up 1-0.

Two unanswered goals gave Waterloo the lead from there. James Marooney scored to cap off the first period at a 1-1 tie, and Garrett Klee scored the only goal of the second period, his first of two, to put the Hawks up after two periods of play.

The Saints were outshot 36-21, including a stretch of being outshot 13-4 in the second period. Waterloo took the shot advantage in all three periods, and rode the third period outburst to the win.

Cole Weaver made 30 saves on the night. Tomek denied 19.

The Fighting Saints close out the Fall Classic in Pittsburgh with a game against the Youngstown Phantoms at 6:45 p.m. CDT. Join all of the action on the home of the Saints, Dubuque’s Super Hits 106.1 FM, or on the USHL’s streaming video provider, HockeyTV.