Waterloo had the final say in a back-and-forth offensive showdown. Ethan Szmagaj scored the winner with less than three minutes left to play and Waterloo snapped an eight-game losing streak to Dubuque with a 7-6 win.
-Daniyal Dzhaniyev started the scoring and got the teddy bears flying with the first goal of the game. His 10th of the season came on the power play midway through the first period. The power play has struggled for Dubuque this season, but the early goal injected some life into the struggling unit.
-Waterloo grabbed the next goal of the game, scoring on a two-on-two rush. Jacob Jeannette recorded his second goal of the season on a perfect shot pass from Alex Gaffney.
-The lead didn’t last long. Robert Cronin drilled a puck past Emmett Croteau to regain the lead for Dubuque. The Saints have trailed for less than 10 minutes all season against the Hawks.
-In a crazy second period, both teams traded goals as six were scored total. The Saints grabbed three and Waterloo the same.
-Waterloo scored twice on the power play in the period, beating Lukas Parik with plenty of traffic in front.
-Both Cronin and Dzhaniyev scored in the period for the Saints as they each doubled their game totals. Cronin scored on a twisted wrister to chase Croteau from the game. Dzhaniyev welcomed his backup Charlie Glockner with the fifth goal of the game for Dubuque. Andrei Buyalsky also scored in the period.
-With five goals in this contest, Dubuque has scored five or more in all but one game against the Black Hawks this season. Since 2021 started, the Saints are averaging close to 4.5 goals per game.
-The offense continued to the very end, as Waterloo tied things up early in the third. Once again, the Saints had an answer as Tristan Lemyre got a good bounce off the defense to angle a shot past Glockner.
-Waterloo pushed back all night and with four minutes left David Gucciardi found the back of the net to tie things up for the Hawks for the fifth time on the evening.
-Though the Hawks didn’t lead for more than three minutes, it was the only three minutes that mattered. Ethan Szmagaj netted the winner with 2:27 left in regulation.
-The Hawks snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Saints in dramatic fashion. Though the win doesn’t matter in regard to the Cowbell Cup standings, it was still a big victory for Waterloo.
-Dubuque will travel to Chicago Saturday and Sunday for two against the Steel.