Saints Cruise Past Black Hawks

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By James Steward

DUBUQUE, Iowa - The Fighting Saints gave a complete effort on Saturday night, peaking in the third period and securing a 5-1 win over the rival Waterloo Black Hawks.

TJ Moor got the scoring started in the first period, with Eliot Grauer and Tyler Lundey feeding him the puck. Moor was unmarked in front of the net, and wrapped the puck around Waterloo netminder Jay Williams for the game's first goal. After the goal, teddy bears came raining down onto the ice for the annual Teddy Bear Toss, with the stuffed animals being donated to Toys for Tots.

In the second period, the Fighting Saints didn't wait long to strike again. Two minutes into the frame, TJ Moor won a puck battle in the corner and found Eric Freschi, fresh off the bench, in the slot. Freschi fired a puck past Williams to make the game 2-0. The Fighting Saints took the 2-0 lead into the third period.

With the Saints on the powerplay midway through the third period, Jono Davis sent a cross-ice pass to Zemgus Girgensons, who one-timed the puck through Williams' five hole to give the Fighting Saints a 3-0 lead. Tyler Lundey received credit for the secondary assist on the goal. Girgensons struck once again minutes later, backhanding a puck into the top shelf over Williams' glove hand to push the lead to 4-0.

Matt Morris saved twenty-one shots on the evening, but had his shutout spoiled when Ian McCoshen converted a 5-on-3 powerplay goal for Waterloo, sweeping the puck into the back of the net. Cody Bradley fed Freschi on a 2-on-0 rush in the final minute of the game, resulting in a Freschi goal that gave the game its final score of 5-1.

Saturday’s game was the second in a stretch of six consecutive games at home for the Fighting Saints. The Fighting Saints will take a break for Christmas next weekend, and return to the ice on December 28, when they host Green Bay. The week’s action will continue on Friday, December 30, and Saturday, December 31, when Sioux Falls and Fargo make their lone regular season visits to the Mystique Community Ice Center.

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