Saints Take 2-1 Series Lead with Win

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By James Steward

Dubuque, Iowa- On Friday night, the Clark Cup Finals series between the Green Bay Gamblers and the Fighting Saints moved to Dubuque for game three with the best-of-five series tied at one. The feeling was electric as the game got underway in front of a sellout crowd at the Mystique Community Ice Center.

The Saints and the Gamblers alternated scoring chances throughout the first period, but it was the Gamblers that would get out of the first 20 minutes with a 1-0 lead as Ryan Mckay stood tall and kept the Saints off the scoreboard. But Dubuque would turn up the intensity in the second.

Tony Larson found the back of the net as a Saints’ powerplay had just expired and the Mystique Community Ice Center woke up and got the rally towels going. A little over a minute later, the Saints took the 2-1 lead as the Saints put on a passing clinic in Green Bay’s defensive zone, and Joakim Ryan fired a shot right past Mckay. And just 29 seconds after that, the Saints opened up the two-goal lead as Tyler Lundey also jumped in on the Dubuque scoring frenzy to give the Saints the two-goal lead at 3-1 sending the crowd into an absolute frenzy.

Early in the third period, Riley Barber made the score 4-1, and the Saints never looked back. Despite giving up a goal to the Gamblers with 29 seconds left in the third, the Saints easily took the 2-1 series lead.

The series continues Saturday night back at the Mystique Community Ice Center. The Clark Cup will be in the building, and the Saints have the opportunity to clinch on home ice with just one more win over the Green Bay Gamblers.

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