MUSKEGON, Mich. — In need of a win to salvage the weekend, the Dubuque Fighting Saints turned to their veteran leaders. Henry Thrun added three points, and Lukas Parik made 33 saves as the Saints defeated the Muskegon Lumberjacks 3-2 on Saturday night at Mercy Health Arena.
Parik made 33 saves in the game, the third-most in a single game as a Dubuque Fighting Saint. He made 16 saves alone in the third period to stonewall Muskegon’s comeback effort. The Saints were shorthanded with a late penalty, and Muskegon pulled the goaltender, putting Dubuque at a manpower disadvantage in the final three and a half minutes of regulation time.
Muskegon outshot Dubuque 34-27 for the game.
All of the scoring on Saturday night happened in the second period. While Muskegon struck first, the Fighting Saints responded in kind. Bradley Marek opened the scoring on a partial breakaway just 21 seconds into the second period, and repeated the trend of giving up the first goal on the weekend.
Thrun keyed the comeback. With P.J. Fletcher screening the goaltender in front, Thrun uncorked a wrist shot from the top and tied the game at the 5:06 mark of the period. Connor Kurth and Tristan Lemyre added assists on the play.
Fletcher tipped a pass from the left wing by Tristan Lemyre past goaltender Nate Reid to give the Saints a lead they would not let go. Thrun added the secondary assist.
The new-look top line completed the Saints’ scoring, and Thrun was the beneficiary of the hard work from Ryan Alexander off the boards. Thrun attacked the middle of the ice and snapped a shot past Reid to give the Saints a two-goal advantage at 3-1.
With under a minute to go, after a scrum in front of the net, the Saints were flagged for a few infractions, and it led to a Muskegon power play. Nick Portz unleashed a one-time shot from the left circle to cut the Fighting Saints’ lead to one.
Dubuque’s power play and penalty kill rose to the occasion. The power play converted twice on four opportunities, and washed away five of six power plays against.
The Saints are back in action on Wednesday, April 14 against the Green Bay Gamblers at 7:05 p.m. Catch the action at the official Watch Party at the Holiday Inn in downtown Dubuque.