The Dubuque Fighting Saints extended their home winning streak to nine games with a 4-2 win over the Sioux Falls Stampede on Saturday night. Dubuque scored four goals in the second period and Mark Cheremeta tallied twice, including the game winner to send the Saints to a weekend sweep over Sioux City and Sioux Falls.
-There were only two play stoppages in the first eight minutes of the period as both teams went back and forth with ease. Dubuque created more chances, but neither team was able to break through after the first 20 minutes of action.
-After the first stanza, Dubuque led in shots 12-4. The Saints zone time was noticeably higher than Sioux Falls, but the Stampede finished the period strong, finding their legs towards the last five minutes.
-Nate Reid got the start in favor of Jaxson Stauber and was up to the task in the first. After fighting the first few shots, Reid settled in to make the 12 stops.
- The Saints didn’t waste time getting on the board in the second period. Dylan Jackson potted his 20th of the season just 21 seconds in to the middle period. Ty Jackson and Michael Feenstra assited on the goal.
-Dubuque grabbed a greasy goal shortly after as Tommy Middleton wacked home his seventh of the year. Ian Pierce was rewarded with an assist and Robert Cronin tallied one as well.
-Mark Cheremeta stole the middle portion of the period and finished it strong as well, scoring twice for Dubuque. Cheremeta scored right as the Saints first power play expired and then again on the Saints second power play of the night.
-Dubuque’s four second period goals ensured that they scored at least four in their ninth straight home game. Dubuque was averaging 5.8 goals per game during their eight-game winning streak.
-Sioux Falls made things interesting to start the third period, scoring twice in the first 1:30 of the final stanza. Sam Stange recorded his first of the season with Sioux Falls and then Isaac Henkmeyer-Howe found the back of the net off a crazy deflection in front.
-The Saints quelled the storm from the Stampede and shut things down for the final 18 minutes of regulation. Even with the goalie pulled, Dubuque was able to keep the Stampede at bay.
Next up for Dubuque is a date with Chicago on Friday night. Dubuque will put their nine-game home winning streak up against Chicago’s 11-game streak overall in a battle of the top two in the East.