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Dubuque beats Team USA to open Clark Cup Playoffs


Tyler Lundey scored a hat trick for the Fighting Saints as the veterans of the 2011 Clark Cup championship led the Fighting Saints to victory in Game 1 of the First Round of the Clark Cup Playoffs.  Zemgus Girgensons and Shane Sooth also added three points for the Fighting Saints in the victory, which put the Fighting Saints within a win of advancing to the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

With just under four minutes to play in the first period, Kevin Morris provided the Fighting Saints with a power play goal.  Jono Davis worked the puck to Girgensons, who shot the puck, missing the net, but hitting the glass.  The rebound from the shot popped out in front to Morris, who jammed it past Hunter Miska for the 1-0 lead.  Despite being outshot 10-7 in the opening frame, the Fighting Saints took the 1-0 lead into the first intermission.

Tyler Kelleher capitalized on a misplayed and bouncing puck in front of Matt Morris to tie the game for Team USA early in the second period.  When Team USA went on the power play late in the period, it was the Fighting Saints who took advantage first.  Shane Sooth carried the puck ahead on a shorthanded breakaway, and while his shot was stopped, the rebound hit Tyler Lundey and came to rest in the back of the net.  On the ensuing face off, however, Team USA tied the game on a goal mouth scramble with Tyler Mote poking the puck into the net.  Just over a minute later, Zemgus Girgensons made a strong move from the right half wall into the slot, snapping a shot into the goal to give the Fighting Saints a 3-2 lead.  
Seven minutes into the third period, Hudson Fasching wristed a shot from the left circle past Morris to tie the game once again.  From that point, the Fighting Saints offense was too much for Team USA.  
Game two will be played Tuesday night at the Mystique Community Ice Arena.  Face-off is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
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