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10/11: Saints Win 5-2 at Sioux City

By Zack Fisch, 10/11/14, 9:30PM CDT

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Dudek and Dodd score first USHL goals as Saints earn first road victory Saturday night

SIOUX CITY, IA—The Dubuque Fighting Saints took the lead only 20 seconds into Saturday’s game at Sioux City and never looked back. Dubuque earned its first road victory Saturday, topping the Sioux City Musketeers 5-2 at the Tyson Events Center. Dubuque improved to 2-2-0 on the season, and got three points from forward Brett Boeing in the win. 

Boeing, who had a hat trick last Saturday against Omaha, opened the scoring Saturday. The USHL CCM Forward of the Week picked right up where he left off, gaining the puck through in neutral zone and skating down the middle of the ice into the Sioux City zone. He backed the defenders in and fired a wrist shot that used a Sioux City defender as a screen. Sioux City goaltender Collin Olson saw the puck ramp upward and over his head for the goal. The tally was Boeing’s 5th goal of the season and gave Dubuque their first lead on the road of the year only 20 seconds into the contest.

The Fighting Saints would strike again at the 5:59 mark courtesy of Seamus Malone. The club’s leading scorer in 2013-2014 scored on the powerplay, rattling a shot past Olson’s blocker and off the post. Dylan Gambrell and Shane Kavanagh added assists.

Sioux City would cut into Dubuque’s lead with around six minutes remaining in the opening frame. Adam Johnson accepted a pass from Joe Snively and walked in over the Dubuque blue line. He cut from the middle of the ice to the left wing and fired a shot against the grain, beating Nehama over the glove to make it 3-1 at 14:26.

In the game’s middle frame, Sioux City got a pair of powerplays to open the period but failed to convert thanks to several solid saves from Nehama. The Dubuque goaltender’s best stop came while shorthanded, denying a one-timer from Sioux City captain Neal Pionk from point blank range.

The Fighting Saints would reward Nehama and add to the lead on J.D. Dudek’s first USHL goal. Just a second after a Fighting Saints powerplay expired, Mitchell Smith worked the puck to Boeing along the goal line. Boeing saw Dudek open in front and slid a pass through the crease. Dudek chipped the puck over Olson’s glove to make it 3-1 Fighting Saints at 9:46.

Dubuque got a critical insurance goal from Trey Dodd at the 4:58 mark of the 3rd Period. Dodd struck for his first USHL goal, tipping a Blake Hilman shot from the point between the legs of Olson to make it 4-1 Dubuque. Hillman and Larocque assisted on Todd’s tally.

Sioux City pushed late, getting a powerplay goal from Sam Kurker at 11:40 but Boeing fed teammate Shane Kavanagh for an empty net goal with 1:57 remaining to make it 5-2 Dubuque.

Nehama stopped 21 shots in the victory to improve to 2-0-0. Dubuque outshot Sioux City 25-23.

Dubuque returns home next with games on Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18 against the Youngstown Phantoms. Friday’s puck drop is 7:35 and it’s College Night. Students can score an Attack Section ticket, plus $5 in Saints Bucks, good for concessions or merchandise, for only $10 with a valid college ID. Saturday’s game Is What’s Trending Now? presented by Pinnacle Cellular and Satellite and US Cellular. Tickets are available by calling 563.583.6680 or online at DubuqueFightingSaints.com.