Evan Fear stopped 43 pucks and Dubuque couldn’t get one past him or the post on Sunday afternoon at the Resch Center as they fell to the Green Bay Gamblers 1-0. Fear was solid to start and grew stronger as the game went on. Dubuque hit three posts including one in the final two minutes as the puck simply wouldn’t go behind Fear. The Fighting Saints fell to 4-2-1-1 with their second loss of the season to Green Bay.
-Fear was the story in this game. Dubuque had enough chances for 5 goals or more, but Fear was up to the task. The Fighting Saints continue to throw pucks on net and they had plenty of chances in this game. Again, as good as Fear was, he needed a little help from his posts. They came up big three times in this one as well.
-Aaron Randazzo made his first start of the season and looked sharp. The likelihood of Randazzo not being on his game was pretty low considering how well he performed during the preseason. Still, with a seven game layoff in between starts Randazzo was as good as could be. He stopped 22 shots and only a beautiful pass off a broken play allowed Jesse Tucker to beat him.
-In the first contest between the two teams, Dubuque outshot Green Bay 36-19. In this one they outshot the Gamblers 43-23. However, both games have resulted in losses for the Fighting Saints. Still, the effort was nothing to hang your head at.
-In fact, Dubuque hasn’t had a game all season where they should have a sour taste in their mouths. Two of the four games they haven’t won have still resulted in points and the other two have produced well played games. Early in the season Dubuque has yet to play a bad game and that bodes very well.
-Willie Knierim, James Sanchez and Matias Maccelli were superb. The line generated chances, hit a post and was the best line on the forecheck during this game. There were two, maybe three shifts in which the three were able to keep the puck in the zone for close to a minute.
-Dubuque’s point streak and road winning streak were snapped at six games and four games respectively. The road travel will continue for the Fighting Saints next weekend when they play the Youngstown Phantoms and then Team USA twice.
-Bram Scheerer, who hadn’t played in four games, was able to provided Dubuque with quality minutes on the ice. Scheerer was skating well and had a couple quality chances to get the puck past Fear. It was a welcome sign for Dubuque to have Scheerer healthy once again.
The Fighting Saints next home game is Saturday November, 3rd. If you don’t have tickets already you can still get them by visiting DubuqueFightingSaints.com or by calling the box office at 563.583.6880. The Saints will take on the Waterloo Blackhawks.