Dubuque Fighting Saints Fall To Gamblers in Season Opener

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By Kara Kelly

DUBUQUE,Iowa - The Dubuque Fighting Saints managed to gain an advantage in shots on goal, but that couldn't stop a late Green Bay Gambler rally late in the third period. David Goodwin scored with just eleven seconds to go in the game to deliver the victory for the Gamblers.

The Gamblers were able to get on the scoreboard first in the second period, as Shelodon Dries buried a one-time chance from the slot to give the Gamblers the advantage. Midway through the period, with Zemgus Girgensons carrying the puck ahead for Dubuque, the Saints were able to score. Girgensons left the puck for Eric Freschi, who fired it past McKay as Girgesons was checked, spun around, and lost his helmet. Though the game was tied with little time to go in the period, Green Bay struck on their fifth power play opportunity of the night to give themselves the lead heading into the final frame. Andy Welinski hammered a shot from along the blue line through traffic and past Morris to give the Gamblers a 2-1 lead.

Nearly seven minutes into the third period, the Fighting Saints struck on the power play. Teddy Doherty fired a shot from the point, and Gerard Hanson tipped it past Ryan McKay to knot the game at two. The tie would persist until the game's final moments. The Fighting Saints were unable to score on a late power play, and a turnover in their own zone allowed David Goodwin to get to the front of Morris' net unopposed. Goodwin slid the puck past Morris to give the Gamblers a 3-2 lead with only seconds to play. Despite pulling Morris for the extra attacker, the Saints failed to tie the game, and Green Bay took the victory.

The Fighting Saints will play the Gamblers three times in their first five games. The next two meetings will come at the Resch Center in Green Bay, on Saturday, October 8 and Saturday, October 15.

Saturday's game was broadcast live on KCRG 9.2. It will be replayed at the following dates and times:

Sunday, 10/2 @ 2:00pm
Monday, 10/3 @ 2:40am
Tuesday, 10/4 @ 7:00pm
Friday, 10/7 @ 2:40am,
Friday, 10/14 @ 2:40am
Thursday, 10/20 @ 2:40am
Wednesday, 10/26 @ 2:40am


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