The Des Moines Buccaneers used a three goal second period to push past the Fighting Saints 6-3 on Friday night in Buccaneer Arena. Dubuque couldn’t claw their way back in period three despite their best efforts as they lost their third game in a row. Des Moines secured their 20th victory of the season with the win.
-This was the first game in the last nine that wasn’t decided by one goal for the Dubuque Fighting Saints. However, it did not end in the Saints favor as Dubuque dropped the first meeting of the season against Des Moines.
-Dubuque was even with Des Moines after one and even with the Buccaneers midway through the second period when the game flipped. Des Moines scored three in the last eight minutes to grab the lead for good. Ryle St. Onge and Jonny Russell scored the goals for Des Moines.
-The Fighting Saints got great games from Cooper Haar, Bram Scheerer, Derek Contessa and Verners Egle. Contessa, who committed to Sacred Heart last night, didn’t show up on the score sheet but had multiple chances for the Fighting Saints during the game.
-Scheerer secured his third two-point game of the season. Scheerer had two assists for the Fighting Saints for points five and six on the year. All three of the games Scheerer has tallied in have been two-point efforts.
-Haar tallied his first point in six games with the opening goal for the Fighting Saints. Dubuque scurried through center and Jacob Semik threw a low shot on net. Haar crashed for the rebound and deposited it along the ice for the goal. It was Haar’s first goal since October 13th when he had two against the Omaha Lancers.
-Egle continued to shine for the Fighting Saints and was once again one of the best forwards for Dubuque. Egle scored another shifty one on one goal, going low along the ice to beat James Durham. Egle now has four goals in the last nine games.
-Durham made 24 stops for his second win of the season. Durham wasn’t exceptionally solid, but made a few key saves when he needed to to keep the Buccaneers ahead.
-Kaden Bohlsen and St. Onge both had multi-point games for the Buccaneers. Bohlsen had two goals, including an empty netter and St. Onge had a goal and a beautiful power play assist.
-The Fighting Saints will be back at home against the Omaha Lancers tomorrow night as the team will look for their second win against the Lancers this season. They won 7-2 the first time out.