The Dubuque Fighting Saints erased a two-goal deficit to come back and defeat the Green Bay Gamblers in overtime by a score of 3-2 to tie their Eastern Conference Semifinals series at one game apiece.
The Gamblers held a 2-0 lead early in the second period thanks to goals from Marc Michaelis and Ryan Blankemeier, both of whom now have multiple points in the opening series of Clark Cup Playoffs. The Saints did not go away, however. Willie Knierim put home a power play marker with just under two minutes remaining in the middle frame to cut the Green Bay lead to one heading into the final 20 minutes of regulation. After rotating through multiple line combinations, Dubuque struck quickly in the third period, as Petter Makitalo scored an unassisted goal just 49 seconds into the period to tie the game, and the two teams eventually needed overtime to decide a winner.
After the Gamblers took a penalty at 13:36 of overtime, Dallas Gerads netted the game-winner on the ensuing power play, thanks in part to assists from Nathan Sucese and Shane Kavanagh, to give Dubuque the win and even the series returning home. Hunter Miska was stellar between the pipes, as he stopped 35 of 37 shots in the win. The two teams will head to Dubuque for pivotal Games 3 and 4 Friday and Saturday night at the Mystique Ice Center.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 14th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2015-16. A record 37 players were chosen in the 2015 NHL Draft and more than 375 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.
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