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Fighting Saints Win Rematch with Green Bay

By Jordan Kuhns, 10/15/21, 10:45PM CDT


Kurth nets two, Kramer scores first USHL goal in first win on home ice

DUBUQUE, Iowa — The Dubuque Fighting Saints enacted a bit of revenge for Opening Night. The Saints scored five of the final six goals in a 5-2 win over the Green Bay Gamblers on Friday night at the Mystique Community Ice Center.

Connor Kurth broke a 2-2 tie in the closing moments of the second period and put the Saints on top. On the heels of killing off Gabriel Lundberg’s tripping penalty, and after Green Bay had significant zone time, the top line took over. Ryan Beck and Stephen Halliday worked the puck down low, and Kurth emerged from the corner, waltzed in front and stashed the puck past goaltender Rastislav Elias to give the Saints a lead they would not give up.

Dubuque killed off the remaining time of a penalty heading into the third period, and two more penalties in the third period, en route to the win. With time closing down, the Fighting Saints took the moment. Peter Kramer started a 3-on-2 rush, and after the chance fizzled, Green Bay turned the puck over. Kenny Connors spotted Tristan Lemyre on the weak side and he fired the puck past Elias to give the Saints a 4-2 lead.

Kurth added an empty net goal with one second remaining in the third period.

Nicholas VanTassell opened the scoring for the Green Bay Gamblers at the 2:53 mark from a severe angle. But Dubuque responded nearly immediately. Axel Kumlin’s shot pass was redirected in front of the net to tie the game at 5:28. Kramer added his first USHL goal at 10:26 on a pinpoint dish from Max Burkholder to put the Saints in front.

John Mittelstadt also scored for Green Bay.

Philip Svedebäck notched his second win of the season with a 17-save performance. He made his best save late with Green Bay with a 6-on-4 opportunity. He stopped all six shots Green Bay fired on net in the third period to seal up the win.

Dubuque’s strong penalty kill remained strong with a perfect four-for-four performance. The Saints went 1-for-2 on the night.

The Fighting Saints travel to Waterloo to take on the Black Hawks for the first time this season at 6:05 p.m. Catch the live broadcast starting at 5:45 p.m. on the Fighting Saints Broadcast Network, or on HockeyTV.