DUBUQUE, Iowa — For the third consecutive game, the Dubuque Fighting Saints scored at least five goals, and picked up a victory. The Saints topped the visiting Omaha Lancers 5-3 at the Mystique Community Ice Center on Friday night, breaking into the positive side of the .500 mark for the first time this season.
Two goals in the first period got the Saints rolling in the right direction, as that was two-thirds of the way to the 3-0 lead the Fighting Saints eventually established. Chayse Primeau’s sharp angle shot dinged in off of an Omaha Lancers defender and past Zach Driscoll to get the scoring started at the 5:40 mark of the first period.
Cole Guttman followed up that effort with his second goal of the season. Alex Steeves cut into the offensive zone and feathered a pass to a cutting Guttman on the back post, who converted on the opportunity. That goal came with just three minutes remaining in the first period.
A goal initially credited to Taylor Schneider was changed to Logan Pietila, who picked up helpers from Casey Staum and Bauer Neudecker. That goal chased Driscoll from the name in favor of Christian Sbaraglia, who was counted on quite a bit in relief.
Omaha responded after the goaltending change and controlled the shots on goal battle for the rest of the game. They outshot the Saints 32-24 for the game overall, including a 14-9 mark in the second, and a 10-8 advantage in the third. Joe Berg got the goal that gave the Lancers life.
Christian O’Neill’s unassisted goal got the Lancers within one, until Quinn Preston’s goal changed that. Initially waved off for a high stick, Preston’s goal stood upon further discussion. Tyce Thompson added a goal into the empty net before O’Neill would pot another one, but the Lancers’ rally fell short.
In the win, Guttman tallied his 30th career goal and 60th career point. Jaxon Castor notched the 40th win of his career. And, in Steeves’ 100th career USHL game, he extended his point streak to five games, which includes 3 goals and 6 assists. In his last three games, he is an astounding +7.
The Lancers’ struggling power play struggled even further on the night as the Saints killed off all five opportunities they had on the night. Dubuque’s power play has killed off the last 12 opportunities in a row dating back to a week ago.
The Fighting Saints are back in action on Friday, November 10 against the reigning Clark Cup Champion Chicago Steel. It’s a college night! With a valid college ID, students can get a Purple Zone ticket, plus $5 in Saints Bucks, starting at just $10. For tickets, call the box office at 563.583.6880, or go to DubuqueFightingSaints.com.