During a playoff like atmosphere inside Mystique Community Ice Center, the Dubuque Fighting Saints secured a point in a tough shootout loss to the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. The game was chippy, intense and low-scoring as just two goals were scored in regulation. CR’s 2-1 win put them one game up in the standings.
-Willie Knierim scored the lone goal for Dubuque in regulation on a gorgeous shorthanded tally. The goal was the third shorthanded goal for Dubuque this season and came during a five minute major to J.D. Greenway. Not only did Knierim score, but the Fighting Saints killed off the entire penalty.
-Cedar Rapids played a shutdown defensive game for the first two periods of the game. They limited Dubuque to just 13 shots through the first 40 minutes of action. Blake Pietila, after being pulled last night, was sensational tonight.
-Not to be outdone, Matthew Thiessen was dynamite for the Fighting Saints as well. Despite the loss, Thiessen played one of his best games for the Saints. He made multiple sprawling saves and was perfect through the first seven rounds of the shootout.
-The shootout lasted eight rounds with Grant Silianoff scoring the winning goal. Bram Scheerer was stopped in the bottom of the eighth to give the RoughRiders the win.
-The RoughRiders played disciplined all series long, taking no penalties the entire weekend. CR was one for six on the power play. Dubuque showed up big on the penalty kill in the second game, killing off nine minutes of time.
-Despite the lack of goals, chances were there for both sides. Thiessen and Pietila made save after save in a crazy goaltending showcase by the two. Thiessen has been involved in a few games of this nature during the 2018-19 season, but this might have been the most exciting.
-Just over 2,600 climbed in Mystique Community Ice Center and it was certainly the most rowdy crowd of the season. The nature of the game got the crowd in to it slowly, but there weren’t many patrons sitting by the end.
-The first period featured just 12 shots on goal as the Fighting Saints didn’t put a puck on net for nearly eight minutes. Max Sasson broke the scoreless contest late in the period with his sixth of the season at 18:01 of the first.
-With the loss the Fighting Saints drop just one point behind Cedar Rapids. The Fighting Saints will be back in action in two days, on Monday the 11th in Madison. The game against Madison will be a makeup game for the January 30th contest that was postponed because of weather.