A pair of irrelevant empty net goals in the final 30 seconds allowed the Dubuque Fighting Saints to stretch a 1-0 lead to a 3-0 final against the Waterloo Black Hawks Wednesday at Mystique Ice Center.
Aidan McCarthy made 28 saves for his third win in four decisions against the Black Hawks. Gabriel Carriere took the loss despite stopping 26 of 27 shots he faced.
The Saints scored the only goal that mattered in the opening seconds of the game’s first power play. Ty Jackson fed the puck the Stephen Halliday at the left edge of the crease, and the big veteran forward stuffed in his chance 7:40 into the game.
Less than two minutes later, Waterloo had nearly two minutes of five-on-three power play time but could not score.
They would not have another power play opportunity the rest of the night.
Antonio Venuto had a clear path to the open net to score with 29 seconds left in regulation. Halliday added the second empty-netter with four seconds to go.
After five consecutive games on the road, the Hawks are back on home ice Friday against the Sioux Falls Stampede. The 7:05 p.m. game features $2 Bud Light for all fans age 21 and over. For tickets, call the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680.
Waterloo 0 0 0 - 0
Dubuque 1 0 2 - 3
1st Period-1, Dubuque, Halliday 12 (Jackson, Doyle), 7:40 (PP). Penalties-Ness Wat (hooking), 7:14; Glynn Dbq (interference), 9:12; Millette Dbq (slashing), 9:22; Montgomery Wat (slashing), 11:56.
2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Szmagaj Wat (interference), 8:01; served by Strada Wat (too many men), 10:22; Lagerback Wat (major-fighting, 10-minute misconduct), 16:21; Millette Dbq (major-fighting, 10-minute misconduct), 16:21; Montgomery Wat (roughing dbl minor), 19:44; Taylor Dbq (roughing dbl minor), 19:44.
3rd Period-2, Dubuque, Venuto 16 (Gaber), 19:31 (EN). 3, Dubuque, Halliday 13 (Beck), 19:56 (EN). Penalties-No Penalties
Shots on Goal-Waterloo 12-10-6-28. Dubuque 10-11-8-29.
Power Play Opportunities-Waterloo 0 / 2; Dubuque 1 / 4.
Goalies-Waterloo, Carriere 21-8-2-0 (27 shots-26 saves). Dubuque, McCarthy 13-8-1-0 (28 shots-28 saves).
Referees-Sam Heidemann (6).
Linesmen-Pete Jenkin, Eric Arrigo.