Fighting Saints pull away late to sink Lancers

USHL: DUBUQUE 7, OMAHA 3

DUBUQUE, Iowa — The Omaha Lancers were unable to keep Dubuque off the scoreboard in the third period as the Fighting Saints pulled away for a 7-3 win Friday night.

Omaha was within 4-3 midway through the third period before Dubuque scored three times in the final nine minutes.

Omaha took an early lead when Austin Alger scored on a pass from Mitch Perrault. After receiving the pass, Alger lifted the puck over the shoulder of Dubuque goaltender Hunter Miska. The goal, which came 12 minutes into the game, was Alger's ninth of the season.

Brett Boeing tied the game shortly after, rebounding a shot by Joey Keane. Omaha goaltender Kris Oldham got a piece of the shot, but couldn't cover the loose puck in time.

The Fighting Saints took their first lead with 1:37 remaining in the first period. Zack Solow took the puck along the right boards and played it out to the front of the net. Colin Theisen angled his stick and deflected the puck past Oldham's leg pad.

Omaha then capped a high-scoring opening period with a goal from Brannon McManus. Nick Rivera fired a pass from the top of the left-wing circle to McManus, who lifted the puck over a diving Miska.

Cody Fleckenstein recorded his first USHL point with the secondary assist.

Dubuque quickly regained the lead in the second period.

Petter Makitalo, waiting at the side of the net, took a Shane Kavanagh pass and shot the puck past the left leg pad of Oldham 1:56 into the second period.

The Fighting Saints took a penalty right after, and the Lancers' power play went to work.

Jacob Bryson sent a pass to the left-wing circle for McManus, who played the puck back to Josh French. After taking the pass, French sent a hard wrist shot over the left shoulder of Miska to even the score 3-3.

That would be Omaha's final goal of the night.

Dubuque used a power play to regain the lead with seven minutes left in the second period. After a save by Oldham, the puck rolled to his right, where Dubuque's Willie Knierim put in the second-chance shot.

Dallas Gerads scored all three goals in the third period to seal the win for Dubuque. Gerads' final two goals came in the last three minutes.

Miska earned the win by making 22 saves, while Oldham made 26 saves in the loss.

Omaha returns home to face Chicago at 7:05 p.m. Saturday.

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