DUBUQUE, Iowa — First star of the night, Quinn Preston, tallied two goals to double his goal total on the year, and the Dubuque Fighting Saints never looked back after that point. The Saints topped the Tri-City Storm 4-2 on Saturday night at the Mystique Community Ice Center.
Preston scored once in the second period, and followed up his effort in the third period with the insurance goal to put the game away. His first came off a deflection from a Veli-Matti Tiuraniemi point shot at 11:05 of the second period. His second, off of a rebound from Storm goaltender Eric Dop, where both Cole Guttman and Dallas Gerads ferried the puck to the blue paint.
Jaxon Castor picked up the win for the Saints in net, and he held the fort in massive fashion late in the game. With the Storm pressing to cut into the Saints’ lead, he flashed across the crease on a 6-on-4 power play late in the game by robbing Nicholas Nardella, and kept the Storm at a 4-2 disadvantage.
The critical goal in the game came 35 seconds into the third period. Just two seconds after Adam Goodsir’s minor penalty expired leading to a major penalty power play for Tri-City, Colin Theisen poked the puck past the Storm defense and wired a half-slapper over the shoulder of Dop to put Dubuque up 2-1 at the time.
Tri-City responded to the opening tally of the game at 8:19 from Austin Rueschhoff with a power play goal from Philip Alftberg. His blast from the point came just 9 seconds after Preston took an elbowing minor penalty, and tied the game, but that was as close as the Storm would get on this night.
Monte Graham made it close for Tri-City late in the second period with a goal from the left circle, fed by Linus Weissbach, who picked up a few points on the weekend, but Preston’s goal eventually stashed away any hope for the visitors.
As a result of scoring first, the Fighting Saints are now tied with the Omaha Lancers for the most wins when scoring the first goal in a game (14).
The Dubuque Fighting Saints will now break for the holidays until Wednesday, December 27, when the Chicago Steel come to town for a 7:05 p.m. start. It’s another Telegraph Herald Family Four Pack Night, where fans can buy four tickets, four slices of pizza, four small sodas and two Kwik Stop/Dairy Queen/Fazoli’s Kids Zone vouchers starting at $48. For tickets to the game, call the box office at 563.583.6880, or go to DubuqueFightingSaints.com.
Holiday box office hours are the following: the office will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and will be closed on Saturday and Sunday.