WATERLOO — The Dubuque Fighting Saints have done quite a bit of traveling this hockey season, like most teams in the United States Hockey League.
Saturday night, the Waterloo Black Hawks took them to a place they have not visited much, and left them stranded in the penalty box.
The Saints (25-21-9) lead the league in fewest minutes of penalty time as they average just 10 minutes per game.
The Black Hawks (33-14-6-2) took advantage of the Saints’ box time as they scored three power play goals, and to add insult to injury, finished with a shorthanded offering on the way to a 7-3 victory.
“They have a good team and they will never give up,” Black Hawks coach P.K. O’Handley said. “I thought our team did a very good job of puck management tonight and they are learning what it takes to compete in this league. We are still a team that is continually a work in progress and we are getting better at taking care of the fundamentals. As long as we do that better than anyone else we will be okay.”
Waterloo got started early Saturday. Jack Drury parked in front of the net to Dubuque goalie James Durham’s glove side, picked up a short pass and did a double pump before letting a blast go through Durham’s defense for a 1-0 lead.
Less than two minutes later, Ben Finkelstein made it 2-0 with a long shot from just inside the blue line that found it’s way to the back of the net.
After another potential goal was wiped out by a review, Ben Copeland beat Durham glove side for a 3-0 lead.
After the Saints broke through for a score, Matej Blumel extended the lead back to three goals.
Black Hawks goaltender Jared Moe came through with several big saves, and his teammates kept tacking on goals.
“We wanted to keep the throttle down and let nothing in,” said Moe. “When the crowd started yelling that got our guys going for sure. This crowd has been great all year.”
James Marooney recorded his first tally of the season for a 5-2 lead and Bobby Trivigno and Garrett Klee had goals in the third frame to ice it for the Hawks.
“We play in a very tight league so you really do take one game at a time,” O’Handley said. “We know we are in the playoffs and we just have to work on getting better and not worry about that stuff. We have a lot of room for improvement and these guys understand that.
“We have a fun group of guys here and they all love being a Black Hawk.”
Waterloo 7, Dubuque 3
SCORE BY PERIODS
Dubuque 0 2 1 — 3
Waterloo 2 3 2 — 7
FIRST PERIOD — 1. Waterloo, Drury (Trivigno, Copeland), pp, 4:40. 2. Waterloo, Finkelstein (Huff, Palmer), 6:07. Penalties — Schneider-Dub. (slashing) 1:40, Semik-Dub. (cross-checking) 3:51, Finkelstein-Wat. (slashing) 14:50, Steeves-Dub. (misconduct) 15:38.
SECOND PERIOD — 3. Waterloo, Copeland (Finkelstein, Drury), pp, 2:46. 4. Dubuque, Primeau (Maniscalco, Semik), 6:24. 5. Waterloo, Blumel (Finkelstein), 10:11. 6. Waterloo, Marooney (Klee, Schmidt) 10:34. 7. Dubuque, Primeau (Preston, Corbett), 12:53. Penalties — Schneider-Dub. (diving/embellishment) 1:11, Wait-Wat. (high-sticking) 1:11, Semik-Dub. (slashing) 2:36, Marooney-Wat. (hooking) 14:54.
THIRD PERIOD — 8. Waterloo, Trivigno (Copeland, Drury), pp, 3:59. 9. Waterloo, Klee (unassisted), sh, 5:55. 10. Dubuque, Maniscalco (Maccelli, Thompson), pp, 12:22. Penalties — Wishman-Dub. (holding) 3:29, Schmidt-Wat. (high-sticking) 4:24, Lellig-Wat. (tripping) 10:18, Trivigno-Wat. (slashing) 10:26, Semik-Dub. (tripping) 16:13.
SHOTS ON GOAL
Dubuque 5 13 15 — 33
Waterloo 13 11 8 — 32
Power-plays — Dubuque 1-for-4. Waterloo 3-for-5
Goaltenders — Dubuque, Durham (32 SOG, 25 saves). Waterloo. Moe (33 SOG, 30 saves).
Officials — Referee, Rekucki. Linesmen, Delaney, Karabetsos. Att. — 2,591.