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Dubuque's Puck Possession Earns Preseason Finale Win

By Jordan Kuhns, 09/18/21, 10:30PM CDT

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Saints double up Riders in shots, goals, as offense roars back to life

DUBUQUE, Iowa — Spotted to a 4-0 lead early in the second period, the Dubuque Fighting Saints never looked back. Five different players scored for the Saints in the preseason finale with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. Dubuque picked up a 6-3 win over Cedar Rapids in the team’s preseason finale on Saturday night at the Mystique Community Ice Center.

The Saints were surgical in their offensive work in the first period. They chased Cedar Rapids’ starting goaltender Drew Pichora after 20 minutes and three goals on seven shots. Just five minutes in, Axel Kumlin’s shot redirected off of a RoughRiders’ defender and past Pichora to open the scoring.

Then, it was the power play’s turn. Tristan Lemyre got a one-touch feed from Kenny Connors to double the lead two minutes later on the first power play of the night. Connor Kurth added on with a snap shot from the left side late in the first period to make it 3-0.

Dubuque grinded Cedar Rapids’ gears throughout the second period. While the opposition did score twice on seven shots, the Saints outshot them 17-7, and worked with them step for step. Ryan Beck and Nikita Borodayenko answered goals from Martins Lavins and Robert Flinton to keep the Fighting Saints’ lead at 5-2 heading into the third.

Beck’s goal just over a minute into the second period welcomed backup goaltender Connor Hasley to the game rather quickly.

Flinton added one more on a Saints’ turnover to cut the lead to two, but that is as far as Cedar Rapids would get. Borodayenko scored an empty-net tally with just under 90 seconds to go in regulation time.

Paxton Geisel notched the win in both of his preseason starts. He made 12 saves on 15 shots. Five players posted multiple points on the night (Ölvestad, Beck, Sjölund, Connors, Borodayenko).

Dubuque won three of four preseason games, and now looks forward to the Fall Classic in Pittsburgh. The regular season journey begins with a 1:30 p.m. central start against the Tri-City Storm on Thursday, September 23. Catch the action on the free online stream (mixlr.com/Dubuque-fighting-saints) or on Hockey TV.