GREEN BAY, WI–The Dubuque Fighting Saints scored a third period goal to force extra hockey Friday night in Green Bay, but the shootout went the way of the home team. Mitch Snyder scored the lone goal of the shootout to earn the Gamblers a 3-2 victory over the Fighting Saints at the Resch Center in a back-and-force affair. The game was Dubuque’s final contest prior to the holiday break.
After a first period full of stoppages and choppy play, it was the Gamblers who were able to find the back of the net first. With just over a minute left in the opening frame, a blocked shot bounced back to the blue line for Green Bay defender Matt Dawson. He took a step towards the Dubuque goal and let a wrist shot go from the high slot that beat Dubuque netminder Jacob Nehama over the blocker. The goal came at 18:22 and was assisted by Mark Yanis.
Dubuque was able to score early in the second period to tie the score. Shane Kavanagh was credited for his sixth goal of the year only 48 seconds into the game’s middle frame courtesy of a deflection. Spenser Young worked the puck to Wyatt Ege at the left point off a faceoff win. Ege fired a wrist shot towards the net that Kavanagh deflected over the blocker of Green Bay goaltender Jason Pawloski to make it 1-1.
Green Bay would retake the lead late in the period on a deflection goal from Michael Houle. The Green Bay forward got a piece of a Brian Bowen shot from the right side that fooled Nehama and banked off the right post and into the net at 14:18.
The Fighting Saints finished the second period on a five-on-three powerplay that lasted two minutes, but Pawloski made several strong saves and Dubuque came up empty handed, missing a key opportunity to tie the game.
In the third period, Dubuque was able to even the score courtesy of a highlight reel goal from Goride Green. The Dubuque forward accepted a pass from Trey Dodd and maneuvered around a defender. He cut back to the middle and fired a shot past Pawoloski’s blocker to make it 2-2 at 11:07.
After the remainder of regulation and overtime failed to produce a winning goal, the game went to a shootout. Pawloski stood tall, denying Dubuque’s J.D. Dudek, Shane Kavnagh, Brett Boeing and Green, while Snyder scored the lone goal for the Gamblers in the fourth round. The forward picked up so much speed that even when he mishandled the puck it still glided into the net through Nehama’s five-hole.
Dubuque, still playing without several key players due to injury, suspension, and international play, fell to 14-7-2 on the year. The Gamblers improved to 11-12-2 and outshot Dubuque 35-30 in the win.
Dubuque returns to action with a pair of home games at the Mystique Community Ice Center on December 27 and 28. The Fighting Saints host Bloomington on Saturday, December 27 for the Salute to Dubuque, and continue the fun the following afternoon with Daddy Daughter Princess Day at 3:05 p.m.
The Fighting Saints offices will be open this weekend from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for holiday gift card and merchandise purchases.