DUBUQUE, Iowa — The Dubuque Fighting Saints’ season came to a close on Saturday night, as they fell 7-3 to the Chicago Steel in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final at the Mystique Community Ice Center. The Steel won the series 3 games to 1, and advance to the Clark Cup Final for the first time in franchise history.
The Steel took control of the game in the first period, as they got goals from Eduards Tralmaks and Jack Badini just two minutes apart from each other. Badini’s shorthanded goal at 11:11 gave the Steel a two-goal cushion, in which the Saints could not get any closer than one goal.
The Saints attempted to delve into the lead twice, with a goal by Dallas Gerads early in the second period to make it 2-1, and following a Reggie Lutz goal, Michael Boyle made it 3-2. But the Steel scored four unanswered goals from that point on to seal the deal.
Austin Rueschhoff gave the Saints one last gasp on the power play, but that was the extent of the scoring on the night.
Dubuque made it to the Conference Final round for the sixth time in seven seasons, and under the direction of head coach Jason Lammers, the team won 75 regular season games, and went deep in the Clark Cup Playoffs both times.
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