Dallas Gerads scored the only goal in a six-round shootout Saturday and the Dubuque Fighting Saints eclipsed the Waterloo Black Hawks by an official final of 3-2 at Young Arena.
Gerads wound up for a full slap shot and sent his chance from just above the hashmarks past Garrett Metcalf. The Waterloo goalie had stopped the first five Dubuque attempts and made 34 saves in the overtime loss. Dubuque goaltender Hunter Miska stopped 32 shots and denied six shootout tries for the win.
The Saints recorded the lone first period goal during the final seconds of a power play at 13:35. Zach Solow fed a pass circle-to-circle through the slot, setting up the goal from the right dot by Collin Theisen.
Forty-four seconds into the second, the Black Hawks tied the game; with Nick Swaney waiting at the top of the crease, Liam Pecararo centered a pass out of the left wing corner, which Swaney tipped in. Pecararo put the Hawks in front at 11:11 during a Black Hawks power play. Navigating to the slot in transition, Pecararo rifled a shot past Miska’s blocker side.
A ten-player scrum at center ice in the ensuing shift sent Dubuque to a major power play, and they cashed in for the equalizer at 15:49 when Willie Knierim redirected a Brett Boeing shot from the right point.
The third period was scoreless.
The Hawks continue a string of six consecutive games against opponents from Iowa on Friday when they host the Sioux City Musketeers on Ladies Night at Young Arena, presented by Kimball & Beecher Family Dentistry. For tickets, call the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680 or visit waterlooblackhawks.com.
Dubuque 1 1 0 0 – 3
Waterloo 0 2 0 0 – 2
1st Period-1, Dubuque, Theisen 9 (Gerads, Solow), 13:35 (PP). Penalties-Keane Dub (hooking), 5:24; Terao Wat (cross checking), 8:15; Hein Wat (interference), 11:39; Gerads Dub (holding), 16:37; Yon Wat (hooking), 17:40; Sucese Dub (tripping), 17:45.
2nd Period-2, Waterloo, Swaney 23 (Davies, Pecararo), 0:44. 3, Waterloo, Pecararo 11 (Ryczek, Metcalf), 11:11 (PP). 4, Dubuque, Knierim 10 (Boeing), 15:49 (PP). Penalties-Pecararo Wat (slashing), 2:52; Kerr Dub (roughing), 8:18; Golovkovs Wat (roughing), 8:18; Theisen Dub (cross checking), 9:18; Kerr Dub (roughing dbl minor, game-removing helmet), 11:35; Smith Dub (roughing dbl minor, 10-minute misconduct), 11:35; Anderson Wat (roughing dbl minor, 10-minute misconduct), 11:35; Saccoman Wat (instigator, major-fighting, game misconduct, game misconduct), 11:35.
3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Robert Wat (interference), 4:05; Miska Dub (roughing), 5:45; Luhmann Wat (roughing), 5:45.
1st OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties
Shootout – Dubuque 1 (Makitalo NG, Sucese NG, Boeing NG, Solow NG, O’Leary NG, Gerads G), Waterloo 0 (Yon NG, Pecararo NG, Swaney NG, Cotton NG, Davies NG, Hein NG).
Shots on Goal-Dubuque 8-13-10-5-1-37. Waterloo 9-12-8-5-0-34.
Power Play Opportunities-Dubuque 2 / 6; Waterloo 1 / 4.
Goalies-Dubuque, Miska 23-8-1-0 (34 shots-32 saves). Waterloo, Metcalf 11-14-1-2 (36 shots-34 saves).
Referees-Walker Holton (19).
Linesmen-Jacob Fraser (71), Ryan Szymanski (88).