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Saints Help USA to Gold Medal

By Zack Fisch/USHL Staff, 12/20/14, 10:45AM CST


Three Dubuque Fighting Saints are coming home with some hardware. Waterloo's Tommy Novak scored in overtime to give the U.S. Junior Select Team a 3-2 win against Denmark and capture gold at the 2014 World Junior A Challenge in Kindersley, Saskatchewan. Dubuque forwards Seamus Malone and Dylan Gambrell, as well as defender Blake Hillman, were members of Team USA, which was made up of 22 players from the USHL. 

It is the third consecutive gold medal at the tournament for the U.S. and sixth time they have won gold over the last seven years.

Denmark struck first, scoring just 33 seconds in the contest.  It would not be until midway through the contest that the U.S. would get on the board as Brock Boeser (Waterloo Black Hawks) pulled the game even in the second period.  It was Boeser’s fourth goal in four tournament games.

Denmark would regain the lead early in the third period and would hang on to the lead until very late in regulation.  Mason Bergh(Chicago Steel) would net the equalizer with just 1:43 remaining in regulation to force overtime.  It was the first goal of the tournament for Bergh, the USHL’s leading scorer.

Novak then became the hero less than five minutes into the overtime session, scoring his third goal of the tournament to give the U.S. the victory.

The United States, made up annually of USHL players, has won 28 of the 35 games they have played all-time at the WJAC, including 13 straight. 

While Malone, Gambrell and Hillman were out, Dubuque collected three of a possible four points during the two games the players missed. The trio will be back in action for the Fighting Saints this weekend as they host Bloomington Saturday and Chicago Sunday.