DUBUQUE, IA — The Dubuque Fighting Saints haven’t had a home opener in four years, but this year they welcomed the Madison Capitols for the Battle of the Border and the first game of the 2015 season.
Madison (ranked 13th in the USHL Power Rankings) came to play scoring three goals in the first period. The Saints took things back into their own gloves when Nathan Sucese put Dubuque on the board with a beautiful backhand that picked the team up. Coach Lammers continued that encouragement in the locker room,
“We needed to do what we do instead of focusing on the other team, so we just changed our mindset to play our type of hockey and I think that really helped.”
The Saints came out with a new focus in the second period as newcomer Dallas Gerads was welcomed to the USHL with a goal in his first game. Keegan Ford kept things going– slamming a shot past Madison goalie Garrett Metcalf to tie things up.
The Saints’ aggressive attack got the fans on their feet but put multiple players in the penalty box as both teams fought to get two more goals. Game tied at 5 in the third period.
The Saints showed how much they wanted this one as Mitchell Smith sent the perfect puck to Trey Dodd who sealed the deal for the Saints! Dubuque gets the comeback win 6-5 over Madison.
Gerads, who had 1 goal on 3 shots, commented,
“It was just awesome to comeback as a team and really bond together to get the win for the fans.”
Gerads wasn’t the only member of the Fighting Saints who celebrated his first win at the Mystique Community Ice Center; Coach Lammers stated,
“It was really exciting. It’s always good to win, and it wasn’t perfect, but we found a way. As a coach and as players, I think we all learned a lot tonight and [it’s] something we’ll use moving forward.”
The Saints are back in action Friday, October 2 as they take on the Green Bay Gamblers at home.
Makaila is a senior at Loras from Des Moines, IA. She has acted as reporter, anchor, and Associate Producer for various LCTV programs. Makaila is currently a sideline reporter for Live Sports and the Social Media Manager for LCTV. She has obtained previous internship experience with iHeart Media in Des Moines, the Iowa Events Center, and Country Music Television (CMT) in Nashville. Makaila loves sharing stories that matter and working with one of the best collegiate television stations in the Midwest.