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Fighting Saints Swept by Fargo

October 9, 2016 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Dubuque Fighting Saints News Release

DUBUQUE, Iowa - For the second consecutive night, the Dubuque Fighting Saints rallied to erase a 2-0 Fargo Force lead, only to have the work fizzle away on a late goal. Hank Crone's goal, his second of the night, eventually put the Force ahead for good in a 4-2 triumph over the Fighting Saints at the Mystique Community Ice Center on Saturday night.

Crone and Grant Meyer connected on goals in the third period to put the game away for the Force, whose two-game losing streak has turned into a two-game winning streak in short order. The Saints, on the other hand, have dropped three decisions in a row, but have been tied at one point in the game every time.

Patrick Kudla singlehandedly erased the deficit with two goals of his own. His first, he was sprung on a pass by fellow defenseman Taylor Brierley straight to the attack. His high-rising shot cuffed Force goaltender Matt Murray and found a way into the goal to cut Fargo's lead to 2-1.

He followed up his performance with an unassisted goal to start the third period. He let a shot go from the right point that found a way through a maze of traffic to tie the game at two apiece.

Crone had a three-point night for Fargo. He started things off with a goal 28 seconds into the game, assisted on Michael Graham's marker to make it 2-0, and the eventual game-winner with six minutes remaining in the third period. He followed up Christiano Versich's three-point effort from a night ago.

With Jaxon Castor pulled for the extra attacker, Fargo forced a steal, and it was Meyer who added the empty net goal with 20 seconds left to seal it away after extended periods in the offensive zone late for the Fighting Saints.

This game featured just two minor penalties. Neither team capitalized.

Much like the night prior for Fargo, on this night, the Dubuque Fighting Saints controlled this game for vast stretches. The Saints outshot the Force in both periods one and three, but Fargo was able to score on both the first shots of the first and second periods to get their lead going.

The Fighting Saints will head to the road for the next five games, starting with a weekend set with the Sioux Falls Stampede on Friday, October 14 at 7:05 p.m. Then, on Saturday, the Saints will take on the Sioux City Musketeers at 7:05 p.m. Catch all of the action on the radio home of the Saints, Dubuque's Super Hits 106.1 FM, or on the USHL's streaming video provider, HockeyTV.

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