The Waterloo Black Hawks picked up their first win against the Dubuque Fighting Saints since February 3, 2001, prevailing 3-2 in a shootout at the Mystique Ice Center Friday.
Alex Guptill scored twice in regulation, then in the shootout, helping the Hawks fight back from a 2-0 deficit. Trailing in the final minute of the second period, Guptill stuffed in a shot with three seconds remaining before intermission. He tied it with 5:30 gone in the third period on a scramble in front of the net. Guptill then scored on a low wrister in the second round of the shootout. Vinny Saponari answered with Dubuque"™s next chance, but Aaron Pearce "“ who had two assists during regulation "“ picked up the winner in the third round.
C.J. Motte stopped four of five shootout opportunities after making 30 saves in regulation and overtime. Motte"™s efforts were vital during the closing minutes of overtime as the Hawks turned away several power play chances before the buzzer.
It was the fourth game between the clubs since Waterloo"™s last win in the series, as the Saints returned to USHL this season after ten seasons out of the league. Shane Sooth put the Saints on the board 1:48 into the
second period. At 19:00 of the frame, John Gaudreau banked in a wraparound.
After consecutive overtime wins, the Hawks visit the Des Moines Buccaneers Saturday at 7:05. They return home to host the Bucs Tuesday in a make-up game which had originally been scheduled for December 11th.
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