DUBUQUE, IA– On a night where the Tri-State community tipped their caps to the men and women of the armed services, the Dubuque Fighting Saints provided a victory on Military Appreciation Night presented by Kwik Stop, Dairy Queen and Fazoli’s and media partner 101.1 The River. Dressed in patriotic jerseys featuring the stars and stripes, Dubuque beat Prairie Farms Cowbell Cup rival Waterloo, 8-4, to earn their seventh straight victory in front of a crowd of 2,886 at the Mystique Community Ice Center. The Fighting Saints scored four goals in the game’s final period and got a pair of goals from Trey Dodd and Brett Boeing.
Through two periods, Dubuque led Waterloo, 4-3. The Black Hawks had scored the final two goals of the middle frame heading into the third period, but it was Dubuque who took the game over. The Fighting Saints scored eight goals on the evening on just 22 shots including four quick tallies early in the final period.
At 3:06, Trey Dodd outhustled Waterloo’s defense and slid a shot through the five-hole of Waterloo goaltender Hayden Lavigne to make it 5-3 Dubuque. Only 32 seconds later, Brett Boeing scored on a similar play. Teammate Seamus Malone snuck behind the Waterloo defender and streaked in on a breakaway. Malone tried the same move Dodd scored on, but Lavigne made the save. The puck sat loose and Boeing tapped the rebound under the netminder’s pad to make it 6-3 at 3:38. The goal ended Lavigne’s night after surrendering six goals on 13 shots.
Dubuque took advantage of active end boards three minutes later as Dylan Gambrell scored to extend the lead. Blake Hillman’s shot missed the net, but the puck popped right back in front. With new goaltender Kris Carlson out of position, Gambrell fired the puck into the open net to make it 7-3.
Dubuque’s charge continued as Dodd scored his second goal at 8:07. The forward tipped a William Lagesson shot from the point past Carlson to make it 8-3, and tie a team high for goals in a game since the club’s return to the USHL in 2010.
Dubuque’s scoring came in waves all night. After a goal from Brandon Montour for the Black Hawks at 13:28 of the opening period, Dubuque countered with three quick goals of their own in the final three minutes of the period. Jacob Benson registered the tying goal for Dubuque, evening the score, 1-1, with a powerplay goal at 16:53. Benson’s first goal of the year came from Spenser Young and Shane Kavanagh only six seconds into the man advantage.
With one minute left in the period, Dubuque stuck again. Malone put the puck towards the Waterloo goal and it appeared as if the Black Hawks were going to clear it to safety. However, the puck was turned over right in front of the Waterloo goal and Boeing scored his eighth goal of the season, poking the puck into the open net to make it 2-1 Dubuque.
Just 31 seconds later, the Fighting Saints scored again. Willie Knierim beat the Waterloo defender to the goal and made a power move to the net. He was knocked down, but the puck hit his skate and slid into the goal to make it 3-1 Dubuque at 19:31.
The Fighting Saints would continue their scoring streak early in the second period, scoring their fourth goal on only their ninth shot 3:52 into the game’s middle frame. Both Gambrell and Malone would pass up shot opportunities with defenders in the way, but the puck was sent to Sahsa Larocque on the right side and he one-timed a shot past Lavigne to make it 4-1 Dubuque.
Dubuque would be limited to only one shot for the remainder of the period, and the Hawks would fire 12 on the Dubuque net and cut the Fighting Saints lead to one. Brock Boeser scored his 11th goal of the season at the 13:52 to make it 4-2. Ruslan Rakhmatov made it a one-goal contest at 17:57 to send the game to the third period where Dubuque took over.
In the win, the Fighting Saints wore patriotic jerseys that featured a familiar red, white and blue theme, and the Fighting Saints primary “D-Logo” on the crest dressed in stars and stripes. The sleeves of the jersey said “Land of the Free” and “Home of the Brave,” and in addition to player name’s and numbers, each jersey featured a different word displayed on the back of the uniform with a military theme, such as honor, freedom, service and strength. The jerseys, sponsored in part by Dubuque County Commission of Veterans Affairs, were auctioned off after the game with all proceeds benefiting the Veterans Freedom Center. Several jerseys went for over $1,000 including Mitchell Smith’s jersey who went for a team-high $1,500.
Dubuque continues Prairie Farms Cowbell Cup play tomorrow night in Cedar Rapids against the USHL’s top team. Dubuque squares off against the RoughRiders at 7:05 p.m. from the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena. The game can be heard on Super Hits 106.1 FM. Tomorrow’s game marks the first of three straight contests on the road. Dubuque will travel to Sioux City and Sioux Falls next weekend. Dubuque returns home on Wednesday, November 26 for the annual tradition of playing a game the night before Thanksgiving. Dubuque hosts Muskegon for a 7:35 p.m. puck drop. Tickets are on sale at DubuqueFightingSaints.com.