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Fighting Saints Sink Slump in 6-1 Win over Green Bay

January 22, 2022 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Dubuque Fighting Saints News Release

DUBUQUE, Iowa - In need of a win at home, the Dubuque Fighting Saints delivered. 13 different players factored into the scoring, and Paxton Geisel made 16 saves as the home team defeated the Green Bay Gamblers 6-1 on Saturday night at the Mystique Community Ice Center.

The Fighting Saints scored first, and never trailed. A pair of goals from Gabriel Lundberg and Kenny Connors stoked the offense, and Geisel was strong when called upon for his 13th win of the season. It was Lundberg's goal late in the first period that proved to be the game-winning goal, as he took a shot pass off the pad of Aaron Randazzo from Shawn O'Donnell and stoked it past the netminder to give the Fighting Saints a 2-1 lead.

The second period went from bad to worse for the visitors.

Lundberg added his second of the night on a sharp angle snipe about eight minutes into the second period, and the Saints never looked back. Two goals within 40 seconds sunk any hope for Green Bay late in the second period and chased Randazzo from the game in favor of Rastislav Elias.

Stephen Halliday marched closer to history with a goal of his own as a result of a pretty passing play. Ryan Beck rushed the puck up the ice and connected with Connor Kurth on a quick pass along the goal line. Kurth immediately stoked the puck to Halliday, who drove the middle lane, to deposit the puck behind Randazzo to establish a 4-1 advantage.

Halliday now sits eight points behind Shane Sooth for the most points in the Saints' Tier I history.

Just 44 seconds later, the goal horn blared again. With Beck in the penalty box for cross checking, the Fighting Saints struck. Tristan Lemyre skated up ice in a one-on-one break. His shot was partially denied by Randazzo, but the puck had just enough to squeak over the line and give the Saints a 5-1 lead.

Connors capped the scoring with his second goal of the night in the third period on a back door dish from Max Burkholder.

Dubuque and Green Bay traded goals in the early going of the first period. Connors started the scoring at the 4:53 mark. The Saints won an offensive zone faceoff and Lucas Ölvestad ferried the puck to the netfront and Connors stuffed in the rebound.

Geisel's only blemish on the night came after he made a massive save on Jackson Hallum. Hallum re-engaged the attacking zone immediately, and outwaited Geisel to score his 17th goal of the season.

Geisel's 13th win now ranks third in the USHL. Randazzo made 20 saves and was charged with the loss. Elias made eight saves in relief.

The Fighting Saints will hit the road for a pair of games. Up first is the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders on Friday, January 28, followed by a Saturday night showdown with the Madison Capitols on January 29.

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