DUBUQUE, Iowa — Buoyed by an 11-1 shot differential in the first period alone, and an offense that shot 17.2% on the day, the Dubuque Fighting Saints took an early lead and never looked back. The Saints took three of a possible six standings points on the weekend against the Eastern Conference’s top two clubs, and defeated the Gamblers 5-2 on Sunday afternoon at the Mystique Community Ice Center.
Dubuque scored two goals in both the second and third periods, and kept Green Bay off balance until a timeout was called early in the second period, when the Gamblers began to get more zone time.
The Fighting Saints scored just under two minutes into the game. With Jackson Kunz in the box for interference, it took just 13 seconds to strike. Connor Kurth spotted Tristan Lemyre on the back post, and put the Saints on top 1-0. Dubuque outshot Green Bay 11-1.
The Saints continued their siege on the Green Bay Gamblers in the second period, when the top line came alive. Stephen Halliday, fresh off of hitting the century mark in points the night before, and Robert Cronin, the team’s leading goal scorer, had three point games, while Matt Savoie added a goal and an assist in the effort.
Halliday worked quickly off the rush to spot Cronin charging to the net, and he beat goaltender Aaron Randazzo to double the Saints’ lead. Henry Thrun added an assist on the goal, one of his three points on the day.
Thrun would get his own goal on the day after a scramble in front of Randazzo’s crease. The Halliday-to-Cronin connection failed, but Thrun, undetected, slipped in a shot that found a way into the back of the net to extend Dubuque’s lead to 3-0.
While Camden Thiesing added two goals of his own in the final frame, including a danglefest to cap the scoring shorthanded, the Fighting Saints’ offense did not relent in the third period.
Savoie converted on a goal set up by Halliday and Cronin at the 4:48 mark of the third period, and Cronin bagged his second goal of the afternoon by cleaning up the crumbs in front of the goal. It was the Saints’ second power play goal of the day on four opportunities. Dubuque killed off the only power play against them.
Goaltender Lukas Parik made his return to the crease for the first time in a week and made 24 saves in the victory. His shutout bid was spoiled at the 8:53 mark of the third period.
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