A Mismatched Third Period

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By Aaron Hepker

WATERLOO, Iowa - After the Waterloo Black Hawks had equaled the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the first and second periods Saturday at Young Arena, the visitors pulled away in the third for a 5-2 decision.

For the fourth time in five head-to-head meetings, the Fighting Saints scored first as Zemgus Girgensons finished a give-and-go with Riley Barber at 5:55. Vince Hinostroza tallied to tie the game at 14:40 of the period with a low wrist shot through the pads of Matt Morris.

The team exchanged goals again in the second in the same order. Dubuque nudged back in front at 8:03 when T.J. Moor was set up with an open side by John Gaudreau. It was Hinostraza again answering for the Black Hawks, redirecting Zach Palmquist’s long shot during a power play at 16:23.

The balanced scoring ended in the third as Dubuque did all the damage, getting the eventual game-winner from Jordan DiGiando at 9:08. T.J. Schlueter added an insurance goal at 15:42 during a goalmouth scramble, and Moor tacked on one more with an empty-netter at 19:24.

Morris picked up his second win against the Hawks with 24 saves, while C.J. Motte turned away 20 Dubuque chances. Waterloo still remains tied for the final playoff position in the USHL after the Youngstown Phantoms fell to the Omaha Lancers 4-1 Saturday.

The Hawks host the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders for the final time this season during their next home game on Friday, April 1st. It will be a two-game weekend in Party Town with a Saturday matchup against the Muskegon Lumberjacks. Both games begin at 7:05.

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