Third Period Push Sends Saints Past Lancers
Three Players Record Multipoint Nights For Lancers in Loss
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Ralston, NE – Dubuque got four straight goals to end regulation as they topped the Lancers 7-4 in front of a sell-out crowd at Ralston Arena on Saturday night.
Forward Noah Cates scored for the second consecutive night, and recorded his first multi-point game in the USHL with a goal and assist. Zak Galambos also added a multi-point game (2a), as well as Filip Suchy (1g, 2a). Forward Jack Randl scored for the second time in three games in the loss.
The teams traded goals in the opening frame. After Zach Solow cut towards the front of the net a loose puck kicked out into the slot. Colin Thiesen sprinting off the bench ripped a slap shot past Tommy Nappier that gave the Saints a 1-0 lead. Six minutes later the Lancers found an answer. Noah Cates wired a pass from the bottom of the left circle to an open Filip Suchy at the top of the right circle. Suchy wasted no time snapping a shot past Jaxon Castor’s blocker to tie the game at 1-1.
In the second the Lancers offense came to life netting three goals, but not before the Saints once again took a 2-1 lead. Less than a minute after the Dubuque goal Zak Galambos wound up from the right point. A well placed shot connected with Greg Printz in front, as the forward tipped it past Castor to tie the game at 2-2. Six minutes later the Lancers took the lead for the first time. Jack Randl collected his own rebound in front of the net before slapping it home for his eighth of the season 9:35 into the middle frame. Eight minutes later the Saints would get the equalizer of a hard wrister from Cole Guttman, but once again the Lancers would have an answer. The line of Cates. Suchy, Randl gave Omaha the lead once more. An inverse of the opening goal, Suchy connected with Cates before the Stillwater, MN native sent a shot past Castor, giving Omaha a 4-3 lead.
In the third the Saints offense came alive. Austin Rueschoff and Zach Solow sandwiched goals around a pair of Colin Thiesen goals. Thiesen finished off his hat trick with the insurance goal at the 13:31 mark of the third.
Tommy Nappier ended the night with 27 saves on 34 shots, while Jaxon Castor made 21 saves.
With the victory Dubuque clinches a spot in the Clark Cup Playoffs.