DUBUQUE, Iowa — The Dubuque Fighting Saints’ offense broke out in a big way on Friday night, as they rode the wave of a huge third period effort to a win. The Saints defeated the Central Illinois Flying Aces 5-2 on Friday night for the team’s first home win. It also led to the Aces’ third consecutive loss.
Quinn Preston had a monster effort for the Fighting Saints with two goals and two assists on the night. His first goal got the scoring started, and tied the game for Dubuque in the second period, and his last goal proved to be the insurance marker, the fourth goal of the night en route to the win.
Jan Kern’s goal, his second in as many games, a rising backhander from the right circle, put the Fighting Saints in front for good. Adam Tisdale set Kern up after hitting the goal post behind Aces goaltender Kris Carlson, and Kern converted the rebound to put the Saints up 3-2. It responded to an early goal from Maxim Andreev that pulled the Aces to a 2-2 tie after the Saints were up one.
Fighting Saints defenseman Brendan Bushy took a friendly assist from Preston to notch the final goal of the game into the empty net. It was the first of the season for the alternate captain.
Just moments after taking a puck to the face, Tyce Thompson returned to the ice and paid immediate dividends. On a late power play in the second period, he scored his first USHL goal on a rip shot from the right circle.
Aces forward Jakub Lacka continued his torrid start to the season by converting on a cross-ice pass from Simon Butala to open the scoring. For the second consecutive game, Central Illinois lost a game while scoring the first goal.
The Saints rebounded from taking four first-period penalties, which were the only penalties that put them at a disadvantage. The penalty kill, which was ranked dead-last heading into the game, killed off all four and rose in the rankings as a result.
Jaxon Castor sealed up his second win of the season, and the 39th of his USHL career with a 24-save effort on the night. Carlson batted away 28 of 32 shots fired by the Fighting Saints.
The Fighting Saints will conclude the weekend set with the Central Illinois Flying Aces in Peoria at a special afternoon puck drop time of 3:07 p.m. The game will take place at the Peoria Civic Center. Catch all of the action on the radio home of the Saints, Dubuque’s Super Hits 106.1 FM.