WATERLOO, Iowa — The Dubuque Fighting Saints picked up five out of a possible six points on the weekend as the offense showed up for another night. Dubuque powered in four goals in the first period, and forward Robert Cronin added five points as the Fighting Saints’ attack was no match for a shorthanded Waterloo Black Hawks club. The Saints defeated the Hawks 7-2 on Saturday night at Young Arena.
The Saints scored 21 goals on the weekend. Andrei Buyalsky scored the first goal of the night, in which the Saints scored the first goal in all three games on the weekend. The fleet-footed forward was sent on his way from Cronin and he slashed behind the defense and scored past a stunned Charlie Glockner to open the scoring.
Waterloo’s goal 38 seconds later from Charlie Strobel was as close as the Black Hawks would get. Dubuque scored six of the next seven goals to pull away for good. Cronin’s goal at 14:27 on an effort play at the side of the net made it 2-1, and then goals from Daniyal Dzhaniyev and Primo Self within 16 seconds chased Glockner from the cage and put the Saints up 4-1 heading into the break.
One of Dubuque’s very minimal mistakes bit them while on a power play. Mason Reiners set up Michael La Starza on a one-time blast that beat goaltender Lukas Parik to cap Waterloo’s scoring. Parik made 22 saves on the night on 24 opportunities, and led the Saints to a strong weekend showing.
Cronin added his second goal of the night on a power play goal. Sublime passing in the offensive zone worked to perfection as Matt Savoie and Buyalsky assisted on Cronin’s second goal of the night.
Tristan Lemyre’s tenth of the season, and Savoie’s tally late in the third period capped the Fighting Saints’ scoring on the night. Savoie has now scored in five consecutive games, and has extended a point streak to eight games (seven goals, seven assists).
Dubuque’s penalty kill has gone 11 for its last 11 over the past two nights.
The Fighting Saints are back in action next Friday, April 2 at Fox Valley Ice Arena to take on the Eastern Conference-leading Chicago Steel at 7:05 p.m., and then return home Saturday, April 3 against the Steel. Tickets are available at DubuqueFightingSaints.com.