Waterloo battled Dubuque hard for 59 minutes only to come up short at the end suffering a 4-1 loss to the Fighting Saints on Friday night at Young Arena.

Dubuque scored twice in the 1st period and that was all the offense they would need. The Fighting Saints' Ian Pierce and Max Burkholder put the visiting team up 2-0. According the team's game recap, then it was Waterloo's turn, as the Black Hawks’ top scoring defenseman, David Gucciardi, also found the net in the period. Ryan O’Hara came out of traffic near the Saints blue line and found Gucciardi trailing that play; Gucciardi put his shot from the left circle under the crossbar less than a minute after the Saints’ 2nd goal.

Then there would be no more scoring for 39 minutes of game time. Late in the game, Waterloo pulled their goalie for a 6 on 5 advantage in an effort to try to tie the game, however, Dubuque's Kenny Connors grabbed the puck and put it into an open net with :60 seconds to go. The frustrated Black Hawks took a penalty at that stoppage, creating a chance for Robert Cronin to add a power play goal with :40 seconds remaining to "rub salt in the wound". Recent Saints goaltending acquisition Lukas Parik won in his first appearance for Dubuque, stopping 30 shots.

The Black Hawks finish a run of seven consecutive home games next weekend on Friday and Saturday against the USHL's Western Conference leading Fargo Force. Kids age 4-12 who are in attendance on Friday night will receive a free Waterloo Black Hawks youth jersey presented by SCHEELS and Christie Door Company. Friday’s game begins at 7:05pm, Saturday's game starts at 6:05pm, doors open one hour before game time with no early entry. A limited amount of tickets are on sale online only at waterlooblackhawks.com.

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