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Black Hawks Frustrate Fighting Saints

January 15, 2022 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Dubuque Fighting Saints News Release

DUBUQUE, Iowa - The Waterloo Black Hawks got the first goal, and never looked back. The Dubuque Fighting Saints mustered 17 shots on goal, and a season-low one goal, as the visitors' defensive structure met the home team at every turn. The Hawks defeated the Saints 3-1 on Saturday night in front of 2,616 fans at the Mystique Community Ice Center.

Nikita Borodayenko got the Fighting Saints within a goal at the 8:49 mark of the second period. Kenny Connors made the play possible with a strong effort in below the goal line, and Borodayenko finished off the centering pass in front for his tenth goal of the season. However, that was the only blemish on an otherwise strong defensive road game by the Black Hawks.

Garrett Schifsky got the goal back late in the third period on a rebound opportunity that he batted out of the air, and goaltender Jack Williams took care of the rest. His 16 saves earned him first star honors on the night.

The tide turned in the first period.

An early turnover proved costly. Michael Feenstra fanned on a pass that led to a breakaway for Cam VanSickle. He converted on his breakaway opportunity to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead. They added on with under a minute to play in the first period as Connor Brown stashed in a centering pass from newcomer Ray Fust to give the visitors a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.

Paxton Geisel kept it a game in the third period with a spectacular save from his stomach while facing the net with a scramble going on in the blue paint. It was one of Geisel's 18 credited saves on the evening.

The Fighting Saints looked to generate offense with a late power play and Geisel at the bench for the extra attacker, but the Hawks kept them at bay.

Dubuque is back in action Friday, January 21 at The Stable in Cedar Rapids. The Fighting Saints return home Saturday, January 22 against the Green Bay Gamblers for Cuffs & Hoses Night, sponsored by Dubuque Fire Equipment. Tickets are available at

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