The Fighting Saints sustained another road loss, this time at the hands of the Waterloo Black Hawks as Waterloo skated past Dubuque 6-1 on Friday night. The Fighting Saints couldn’t keep up with the high powered Waterloo Black Hawks as their power play struck three times in the victory. Waterloo came in to the game with an impressive 36.8% conversion rate.
-The Saints couldn’t muster much offense in this game as the Black Hawks smothered them with speed and physicality. Dubuque had trouble moving through the neutral zone and because of that their chances in the offensive zone were limited.
-Waterloo’s power play was the story once again, as it has been for the team all year. The Black Hawks were potent every chance they got the man advantage. Vladislav Firstov capitalized twice on the power play and was one of the best players on the ice all night.
-Matthew Thiessen was pulled after two periods and Aaron Randazzo finished the game for Dubuque. Thiessen still played well despite giving up four goals, but the change of pace move was made. Randazzo wasn’t bad in his 20 minute stint as well.
-The larger ice surface was familiar to Waterloo and it showed. The Black Hawks skated freely and used the space to their advantage, while also limiting the chances for the Fighting Saints. Waterloo certainly seemed like the team who is used to playing on the Olympic sheet of ice.
-The Fighting Saints were outworked by Waterloo for most of the night. The Fighting Saints couldn’t muster consistent pressure and the Black Hawks came in waves. Even in the dying seconds, up by five, Waterloo was still pressing hard on the forecheck.
-This was the third time in the last four games that Dubuque gave up six goals or more. The defense hasn’t been strong for the Saints and it has led to some lopsided scoring. During the stretch the team has also been shorthanded far more than they have been on the power play.
-The Fighting Saints have a chance to right the ship and bounce back against the Black Hawks tomorrow night as the team will start a stretch of five home games in their next seven contests. Dubuque can regain a lot of momentum and return the favor to Waterloo at Mystique Community Ice Center.
Tomorrow night will be 80’s Night at the rink as Dubuque will throw it back to the decade of acid wash jeans and long hair. Tickets are still available at DubuqueFightingSaints.com or by calling 563.583.6880.