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10/24: Saints Score 4-2 Win at Omaha

By Zack Fisch, 10/24/14, 10:30PM CDT

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Kavanagh scores a pair of goals, including winning tally, as Dubuque improves to 4-3-0 on the season

RALSTON, NE–Seamus Malone had three points and Shane Kavanagh scored a pair of goals to give the Dubuque Fighting Saints a hard-fought 4-2 victory over the Omaha Lancers Friday night at the Ralston Arena. Dubuque improved to 4-3-0 on the season and swept the season series with Omaha, winning both of the club’s matchups.

The two teams played a fast and furious opening period that saw each team score a pair of goals each. The Fighting Saints opened the scoring on the powerplay only 2:27 into the contest. Seamus Malone collected a pass from Dylan Gambrell in the low slow and cut towards the goal. With a defender on his back, Malone cut the puck across to the left side of the crease and drew netminder Hayden Hawkey out of position. Malone fired a pass through the crease to the front of the goal where Shane Kavanagh stood alone. He forward fired a shot into the open net for his 3rd goal of the season to make it 1-0.

Omaha would respond with a pair of goals, first from Louie Rowe at 6:28 to tie the game 1-1. Rowe shoved a rebound underneath the body of Dubuque netminder Jacob Nehama for the goal. Shane Gersich gave Omaha the lead five minutes later. Omaha forward Jake Henderson flipped a soft pass into the Fighting Saints zone. Gersich outraced Fighting Saints defender Wyatt Ege to the puck and cut in on Nehama. He took a shot that hit the Dubuque netminder’s shoulder and deflected into the net to make it 2-1 Lancers at 11:09.

The Fighting Saints didn’t even need two minutes to respond. The game opened up with an end-to-end chance for each team, and J.D. Dudek converted on his opportunity. An attempted pass deflected back to the Boston College commit and he raced in on net. Dudek took a wrist shot that hit the defender’s stick and deflected underneath Hawkey’s glove to make it 2-2 at 13:02.

The game’s middle frame saw the two teams receive numerous penalties but no pucks went to the back of the net until the 3rd Period.

Dubuque earned the eventual game-winning goal at the 7:13 mark of the game’s final frame. For the second time, it was Malone who setup Kavanagh, leaving the puck to the slot to his teammate. Kavanagh walked down the slot and let a wrist shot go that beat Hawkey in the same spot Dudek scored, underneath Hawkey’s glove. Dubuque took the 3-2 lead, and held on despite a late charge from the Lancers, getting an empty net goal from Malone with only .4 seconds on the clock to cap off a three point for the veteran forward.

Dubuque outshot the Lancers 37-13 in the win. Nehama stopped 11 shots and improved to 4-0-0 on the season. Dubuque was 1-for-7 on the powerplay while Omaha was 0-for-4.

The Dubuque Fighting Saints will be outfitted in pink tomorrow night for a great cause. The club hosts its fifth annual “Pink the Rink” on tomorrow presented by the Finley Health Foundation and the Wendt Cancer Center. The Fighting Saints will take the ice wearing pink accented jerseys that will be auctioned off following the game with all proceeds benefiting the fight against breast cancer. The first 2,500 fans will receive a glow-in-the-dark pink necklace, courtesy of Health Services Credit Union. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. against the team’s newest USHL rival, the Madison Capitols. Tickets are available by calling 563.583.6880 or online at DubuqueFightingSaints.com

About the Dubuque Fighting Saints

The Fighting Saints returned to USHL play in the brand new Mystique Community Ice Center during the 2010-­11 Season, winning the Clark Cup in their first year back in the USHL. The Fighting Saints continued their success with a historic season in 2012-­13, finishing with a franchise best 45­‐11‐8 record. The team claimed the Anderson Cup as the USHL’s regular season champions for the first time in 30 years, and also earned the Clark Cup for second time in three seasons. In August 2013, the team took the Bronze Medal while representing the United States at the Junior Club World Cup in Omsk, Russia.  The club has produced a number of players that moved on to NCAA Division I hockey and have been drafted by NHL teams, including Zemgus Girgensons and Johnny Gaudreau. The original Fighting Saints competed in the USHL for 21 seasons (1980­‐2001). The Club won the Clark Cup as playoff champions on three occasions (1981, 1983, 1985) under head coach Jack Barzee. One of the most well-­known alumni of the original Fighting Saints was Gary Suter, a 17‐year NHL veteran, two time Olympian, Stanley Cup winner, and member of the US Hockey Hall of Fame.

 

About Northern Lights Hockey, LLC

Northern Lights Hockey, LLC is the company that owns and operates the USHL franchise in Dubuque, Iowa.  The owners of Northern Lights Hockey, LLC collectively provide an extensive background in both business and hockey, and represent interests on a national and local level.  Philip Falcone, Chief Investment Officer of Harbinger Capital Partners and part owner of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild is the company’s principal owner. The ownership group also includes Peter Chiarelli, General Manager of the Boston Bruins, Mark Falcone and Brad Kwong, Managing Partner of Northern Lights Hockey, LLC.  Philip Falcone, Chiarelli and Kwong all played hockey together at Harvard University in the mid- 1980’s.  The group also includes local Iowan partners Mark Falb and David S. Field, M.D.  Falb currently serves as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Westmark Enterprises, Inc and Kendall / Hunt Publishing Company.  Dr. Field has practiced orthopedic surgery for 30 years and has been the driving force behind hockey in Dubuque.  Dr. Field also owned the Dubuque Thunderbirds, the USA Hockey Tier III team that competed in the Central States Hockey League through the 2009-10 Season.

MALONE & KAVANAGH EARN SAINTS HARD-FOUGHT 4-2 WIN AT OMAHA

Kavanagh scores a pair of goals, including winning tally, as Dubuque improves to 4-3-0 on the season

 

RALSTON, NE–Seamus Malone had three points and Shane Kavanagh scored a pair of goals to give the Dubuque Fighting Saints a hard-fought 4-2 victory over the Omaha Lancers Friday night at the Ralston Arena. Dubuque improved to 4-3-0 on the season and swept the season series with Omaha, winning both of the club’s matchups.

The two teams played a fast and furious opening period that saw each team score a pair of goals each. The Fighting Saints opened the scoring on the powerplay only 2:27 into the contest. Seamus Malone collected a pass from Dylan Gambrell in the low slow and cut towards the goal. With a defender on his back, Malone cut the puck across to the left side of the crease and drew netminder Hayden Hawkey out of position. Malone fired a pass through the crease to the front of the goal where Shane Kavanagh stood alone. He forward fired a shot into the open net for his 3rd goal of the season to make it 1-0.

Omaha would respond with a pair of goals, first from Louie Rowe at 6:28 to tie the game 1-1. Rowe shoved a rebound underneath the body of Dubuque netminder Jacob Nehama for the goal. Shane Gersich gave Omaha the lead five minutes later. Omaha forward Jake Henderson flipped a soft pass into the Fighting Saints zone. Gersich outraced Fighting Saints defender Wyatt Ege to the puck and cut in on Nehama. He took a shot that hit the Dubuque netminder’s shoulder and deflected into the net to make it 2-1 Lancers at 11:09.

The Fighting Saints didn’t even need two minutes to respond. The game opened up with an end-to-end chance for each team, and J.D. Dudek converted on his opportunity. An attempted pass deflected back to the Boston College commit and he raced in on net. Dudek took a wrist shot that hit the defender’s stick and deflected underneath Hawkey’s glove to make it 2-2 at 13:02.

The game’s middle frame saw the two teams receive numerous penalties but no pucks went to the back of the net until the 3rd Period.

Dubuque earned the eventual game-winning goal at the 7:13 mark of the game’s final frame. For the second time, it was Malone who setup Kavanagh, leaving the puck to the slot to his teammate. Kavanagh walked down the slot and let a wrist shot go that beat Hawkey in the same spot Dudek scored, underneath Hawkey’s glove. Dubuque took the 3-2 lead, and held on despite a late charge from the Lancers, getting an empty net goal from Malone with only .4 seconds on the clock to cap off a three point for the veteran forward.

Dubuque outshot the Lancers 37-13 in the win. Nehama stopped 11 shots and improved to 4-0-0 on the season. Dubuque was 1-for-7 on the powerplay while Omaha was 0-for-4.

The Dubuque Fighting Saints will be outfitted in pink tomorrow night for a great cause. The club hosts its fifth annual “Pink the Rink” on tomorrow presented by the Finley Health Foundation and the Wendt Cancer Center. The Fighting Saints will take the ice wearing pink accented jerseys that will be auctioned off following the game with all proceeds benefiting the fight against breast cancer. The first 2,500 fans will receive a glow-in-the-dark pink necklace, courtesy of Health Services Credit Union. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. against the team’s newest USHL rival, the Madison Capitols. Tickets are available by calling 563.583.6880 or online at DubuqueFightingSaints.com