Dubuque Fighting Saints Edge Team USA in Shootout, 4-3

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By Aaron Hepker

DUBUQUE, Iowa - The Fighting Saints get a late start to the weekend this Saturday, taking on Team USA at the Mystique Community Ice Center. The Fighting Saints entered the game aiming to lock down a playoff spot in the Western Conference, and put more distance between themselves and the Omaha Lancers for the top spot in the conference chase.

The Fighting Saints cashed in once during the first period, as John Gaudreau slammed home a rebound for Dubuque. Zemgus Girgensons and Joakim Ryan got credit for assists on the goal, which allowed the Fighting Saints to take a 1-0 lead after the first period.

In the second frame, Tyler Lundey scored another power play goal for Dubuque, settling the puck down in front of the net before firing it past John Gibson. Vinny Saponari and Nick Luukko collected the assists for Dubuque on the second Saints power play goal of the night. Saponari added another marker for Dubuque later on in the period, assisted by Jordan DiGiando and John Gaudreau to make it 3-0 after 40 minutes of play.

Team USA scored three times in the third period to tie the game with the Fighting Saints and send the contest into overtime. Neither team was able to break through in the extra five minutes, so for the eighth time this season the Fighting Saints headed to a shootout. John Gaudreau and Zemgus Girgensons solved Gibson in the shootout, giving the Fighting Saints the 4-3 win, and two points on the evening.

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