The Dubuque Fighting Saints dropped their first contest of the preseason, losing to the Green Bay Gamblers by a score of 5-1 on Friday night. The Gamblers got off to a fast start in period number one, scoring two goals early. The Saints got one back but the Gamblers controlled play for large chunks of the contest and pulled away in the third period. Here is how the game transpired:
-Dubuque looked a little sluggish to begin with, letting Green Bay control play for a large portion of the first period. The Saints were outshot 15 to five and were able to escape the period down 2-1 because of Matthew Thiessen in net.
-Thiessen was his usual solid self. Despite giving up five goals, Thiessen made a number of highlight saves. For the first time this season, the Dubuque netminder played all 60 minutes. Don’t let his stats fool you, Thiessen was on his game and kept Dubuque in the game.
-The Gamblers were able to hem the Saints in their own zone for large portions of the game. The Gamblers used their speed to clog up the neutral zone and the Saints rarely got the puck out of their zone cleanly.
-This was probably Dubuque’s worst offensive showing of the season. Though they matched the one goal they scored in their first home preseason contest, the chances tonight weren’t up to par with that contest. The Fighting Saints didn’t get many chances in the slot and were often pushed to the corners.
-The Saints will get a few chances to avenge their defeat as they square off against the Gamblers twice in the next seven days. Dubuque will take on Green Bay tomorrow night on the road at 7:00 p.m. before they head to the USHL Fall Classic the following weekend where they will face Green Bay again to begin the regular season.