DUBUQUE, Iowa — Adam Tisdale’s first, second and third goals came on a hat trick. His fourth, fifth and sixth were part of his second career hat trick, which were the focal point in a 5-4 win for the Dubuque Fighting Saints over the Sioux City Musketeers on Saturday night at the Mystique Community Ice Center. The Saints picked up five of a possible six points during the three games in four nights situation.
Tisdale picked up his first tally of the night just 20 seconds into the game off of a Musketeers giveaway at the offensive blue line. His second came later in the first period on a deflection on the power play. His third, a deciding tally, another power play goal, which was the eventual game-winning goal.
The Musketeers charged hard down 5-2 to make it a game, as Sampo Ranta and Micah Miller teamed up within minutes of each other to put the Fighting Saints in a bind late. However, good work from the defense kept the Musketeers in their own zone until 30 seconds left, and when Matt Jurusik made it to the bench for the extra attacker, no time was left to set up.
After Tisdale’s first goal, the Musketeers jumped to the lead for the only time tonight. First, eight minutes after the opening goal, Matt Miller connected for the visitors to tie the game, and just five minutes later, Cole Koepke notched a shorthanded goal to put Sioux City up 2-1. But it was Tisdale’s marker just 27 seconds after that shorthanded goal that pulled the Saints even at 2-2 after the first.
Chayse Primeau got in on the goal-scoring fun in the second period with an unassisted shorthanded goal of his own. That goal was the only one of the second period, as he tipped a feed to the point through the defense and ripped a shot to the top shelf to put he Saints up 3-2. They would not relinquish that lead.
Jan Kern scored on the power play, which went 3-for-3 on the night, and then Tisdale completed the hat trick with a power play goal of his own.
After allowing just 15 shots a night ago, the defense was tested against a Musketeers team unafraid to fire the puck. Jaxon Castor made 36 saves on 40 shots on the night en route to the victory. It took a third period in which the Fighting Saints took 18 shots to pull remotely close to the Musketeers’ output, as the Muskies eventually outshot the Saints 40-34.
Tyce Thompson ended the night with three assists, Josh Maniscalco with two, and Tisdale with another four-point effort, which matched his career high back on November 11 against the Central Illinois Flying Aces, where he accomplished the same thing.
The Saints remain home for two games next weekend. December 1 against the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders marks the second College Night of the season, and December 2 against the Sioux City Musketeers is the eighth-annual Teddy Bear Toss, along with media partner Super Hits 106.1 FM, all to benefit Toys for Tots in Dubuque. Save on tickets by buying in advance! Call the box office at 563.583.6880, or go to DubuqueFightingSaints.com.