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Late Power Play Goal Sinks Saints

By Jordan Kuhns, 12/27/21, 10:30PM CST

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RoughRiders erase Fighting Saints’ third period lead with two goals

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — The Dubuque Fighting Saints did some rallying of their own to battle back from two goals down in the first period to tie and take a few leads, but the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders’ final push was enough to put them over the top. Travis Shoudy uncorked a wrist shot on a late power play for Cedar Rapids to give the home team a 4-3 lead which they would hold on to on Monday night at The Stable.

With Michael Feenstra in the box for tripping, a Cedar Rapids faceoff win in the offensive zone proved costly. Just 11 seconds into the power play, Shoudy shot the puck through a screen of four bodies in front and the puck evaded goaltender Paxton Geisel, whose personal winning streak ended at nine games. The streak ended as the second-longest in the team’s Tier I history.

Dubuque had to battle back from down two goals in the opening period.

Adam Flammang and Andy Moore posted goals within five minutes of each other to stoke the home team to the worst lead in hockey. Said worst lead would not stand, as the Fighting Saints’ offense awakened late in the first period.

Set up by Lucas Ölvestad, Axel Kumlin wired a howitzer from the point through a screen to get the Fighting Saints within a goal heading into the second period. The complexion of the game changed from then on, as the second period was completely controlled by Dubuque.

The Fighting Saints outshot the RoughRiders 15-6 in the second period and outscored them 3-1.

The Saints buzzed in the offensive zone and continued to put on the pressure. Samuel Sjölund took a failed clear and danced around the several Cedar Rapids defenders and shoveled a shot past Connor Hasley to even the score at two apiece. Dubuque took the lead three minutes later as Max Burkholder joined the rush and buried a shot from a severe angle to give the Saints a 3-2 advantage.

While Jake Percival tied the game, Connor Kurth untied it on the power play. Set on his way by Stephen Halliday, whose assist tied him with Kurt Kabat for fifth all-time in Saints scoring, Kurth wired a snap shot far side to give the Fighting Saints a 4-3 advantage heading into the second intermission.

Geisel made 17 saves on 22 shots.

Dubuque is back in action Wednesday to take on the Waterloo Black Hawks at the Msytique Community Ice Center. Tickets are available at DubuqueFightingSaints.com.