The Fighting Saints scored three times in the final six minutes of the game to down the Tri-City Storm 3-1 on Sunday afternoon. Ty Jackson tied the game late and Riese Gaber potted the game-winner with 24 seconds remaining in regulation as Dubuque remained perfect on the season. Dubuque won for the fourth time when trailing.
-For 54 minutes Tri-City limited the Saints offensively. That changed when Stephen Halliday drew a slash driving down the left win. Shortly after Ty Jackson scored his first of the season on the power play to tie things up for Dubuque.
-The game winner from Gaber was a thing of beauty out of a messy play. The puck was loose at the far circle for a few seconds before Mark Cheremeta laid it off to Gaber who did the rest. The game winner was Gaber’s fourth of the season and his second game winning goal.
-Erik Portillo wasn’t tested often but had to come up with a few key stops. The Saints netminder made 13 saves for his third win of the season. None were bigger than a dramatic glove save with under 10 minutes to play to keep the Saints down by just one.
-Dubuque has allowed the first goal in all four games this season and have come away with four wins. Last season Dubuque was 12-24 when allowing the first goal.
-Tri-City didn’t seem to be fatigued despite the game being their third in four nights. The Storm played a full sixty and couldn’t net more than one goal. It was the Storms first loss at home this season.
-Last season the Storm lost just once when leading after 40 minutes. Their 36-1 record was the best in the league. Tri-City’s defense is still stout but might not claim the same accolades this season.
-Daniel Allin was fantastic for the Storm as was hit with another hard luck loss. Despite his record, the rest of Allin’s numbers are some of the best in the league.
-As good as Allin was, the post might have been even better. Dubuque hit iron four times in the game before the were able to get their first shot past Allin. Antonio Venuto hit two posts and was rewarded with two seconds left as he got the empty net goal for Dubuque.
-The Fighting Saints have found multiple ways to win in the early season which bodes extremely well for the late season. The Saints have now outscored their opponents by 10 goals in the last two periods of the game as they continue to get better the later it gets.
-Next up for Dubuque, another two road games as they play Des Moines Friday and Sioux City on Saturday.