Clark Cup Action Moves to Dubuque Tonight

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By James Steward

DUBUQUE, Iowa - One night after losing in a shutout for only the second time all season, the Dubuque Fighting Saints responded, winning 2-1 last Saturday to even the Clark Cup Final at one game apiece with the Green Bay Gamblers. The series continues in Dubuque this weekend, with game three on Friday night and game four on Saturday. Game five will move back to Green Bay on Tuesday, if necessary.

Vinny Saponari opened the scoring for the Fighting Saints in the first period of game two. Dubuque held on to the 1-0 lead throughout the first period, and extended it on a Shane Sooth tally midway through the third frame. The 2-0 lead was short-lived as Alex Broadhurst scored just nine seconds later to pull the game to 2-1. The Fighting Saints remained in control, winning 2-1 on the strength of 23 Matt Morris saves.

The Gamblers led the Eastern Conference and the USHL throughout much of the season but faltered towards the end, going 4-5-1 over their last ten games, which allowed Cedar Rapids to win the Anderson Cup. Once beginning the playoffs, Green Bay returned to their excellent play, sweeping Indiana and knocking off Cedar Rapids in four games to advance to the Clark Cup Final.

Patrick Murray and Don Keck have the call on Dubuque's Super Hits 106 and KCRG 9.2.

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