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12/27: Saints Top Thunder, 6-1

By Zack Fisch, 12/27/14, 10:00PM CST

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Gambrell scores twice and Nehama stops 36 as Saints snap home losing skid

DUBUQUE, IA– Dylan Gambrell scored twice and six players had multi-point games to lead the Dubuque Fighting Saints to a 6-1 win over the Bloomington Thunder Saturday night at the Mystique Community Ice Center. The Fighting Saints broke a four game home losing streak and got 36 stops from Jacob Nehama in goal to earn their second victory over the Thunder this season.

Gambrell returned from a gold medal performance at the World Jr. A Challenge with a highlight reel goal early. Brett Boeing maneuvered the puck to Gambrell behind the Bloomington goal. The forward won a battle along the boards and wrapped the puck in front. Gambrell took a step out from behind the net and beat Thunder goaltender David Jacobson with a backhand shot top corner. Gambrell’s eighth goal of the year came at 3:56 of the opening period.

Willie Knierim would add to Dubuque’s lead on a similar play at 16:13 of the period. Spenser Young shoveled the puck behind the Bloomington net and Knierim shrugged off two Thunder defenders along the boards. He wrapped the puck from the same location as Gambrell, but beat Jacobson five-hole for his sixth goal of the year to make it 2-0 Dubuque. Trey Dodd also assisted.

In the second period, Dubuque added a third goal on a five-on-three man advantage. Jacob Benson’s beat Jacobson on a slap shot from the right side on the powerplay at 9:35 to make it 3-1 Dubuque.

Matt Nuttle would get Bloomington on the board at 15:46 of the game’s middle period to make it 3-1. The defender’s shot from the blue line beat Nehama over the blocker to cut the lead to two.

In the third period, Dubuque took the game over. Gambrell scored his second of the game at 4:46, knocking a rebound on the powerplay. Seamus Malone and Keegan Ford assisted on the goal to make it 4-1 Dubuque.

Less than two minutes later, Gambrell and Ford factored in again, assisting on a Brett Boeing goal. Jacobson denied Gambrell’s shot but the puck sat loose in the crease. Boeing deposited the rebound into the open net to make it 5-1 Dubuque at 6:16.

The Fighting Saints would add one more goal at 10:00 on a Young wrist shot. Dodd dished the puck to Young on a give-and-go and the defender’s shot beat Jacobson under the blocker to make it 6-1.

Nehama was strong in goal for Dubuque, stopping a Shane Bednard penalty shot in the second period and kicking aside 36 shots.

The Fighting Saints return to action tomorrow afternoon for Daddy Daughter Princess Day at 3:05 p.m. versus Chicago. The characters from Frozen will be in attendance and the game is a TH Media Family 4 Pack Game and also includes a post-game “Skate with the Saints.” Tickets are available by calling 563.583.6880 or online at DubuqueFightingSaints.com