GREEN BAY, Wis. — While the Dubuque Fighting Saints gave up the first goal to the Green Bay Gamblers, they rebounded immediately and controlled possession throughout. The Saints scored six unanswered goals and outshot the Gamblers 40-29 for the game, and defeated their Eastern Conference rival 6-2 on Wednesday night at the Resch Center.
The Saints were buoyed by three goals in the second period. Tied at one heading into the middle frame, Just 1:15 into the period, Connor Kurth broke free in the neutral zone after the Gamblers turned the puck over. Kurth fired the puck five hole on goaltender Matt Davis to give the Saints a lead they would not give up.
Zane Demsey added his third goal of the season and desecrated a water bottle in the process to add on to the lead, and on Dubuque’s first power play opportunity of the night, they did not miss. Matt Savoie pounded home the rebound off of a blocked shot to give the Saints a 4-1 lead heading into the third period. The Saints picked up their 18th win of the season when leading after two periods of play.
The second period was so dominant for Dubuque that they outshot the Gamblers 17-5 in the period.
The third period was no different for Dubuque. Robert Cronin and Daniyal Dzhaniyev added goals within five minutes of each other to blow the game wide open. Cronin converted on a rebound in front of the net after a Ryan Alexander shot, and Dzhaniyev broke up the ice on a breakaway.
Andrei Buyalsky and Jake Schmaltz traded tallies in the first period.
Saints starter Lukas Parik picked up wins in back-to-back games, and has posted a .948 save percentage in his last three starts. His save on Camden Thiesing early in the second period with the score 2-1 preserved the lead, and set up Demsey’s insurance tally.
Dubuque’s penalty kill got the job done with a two-for-two performance.
The Fighting Saints pushed ever closer to the fourth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with the win, and set up a massive confrontation with Team USA on Saturday night at the Mystique Community Ice Center. Tickets are available at DubuqueFightingSaints.com.