OMSK, Russia – Christian Frey stood tall in goal, and Andrew Gaus broke a scoreless deadlock 9:38 into the third period to help the Dubuque Fighting Saints to a 2-0 victory over the Vitkovice Steel Monday afternoon at the 2013 Junior Club World Cup. Dubuque was benefitted from a 35 save shutout from Frey, and improves to 1-1-0 in the tournament after topping the Czech Republic team at the Omsk Arena.
Frey, who joined Dubuque mid-season in 2012-2013, got the call between the pipes and was stellar all game long. Frey’s first save came on a breakaway early in the game and he was unbeatable from that moment on, making key saves each period. Frey, and Vitkovice’s goaltender Rene Svoboda both kept the game scoreless through two periods of play, frustrating shooters with excellent position and acrobatic saves.
Dubuque finally broke the deadlock 9:38 into the game’s third period. With the teams skating four-on-four, Brett Boeing fed Gaus a pass on the right wing. The forward darted into the Vitkovice zone and fired a shot along the ice from the right wing. The puck managed to elude Svoboda and slide five-hole into the net to make it 1-0 Dubuque.
Frey continued to be strong in goal, and Dubuque’s penalty kill was sharp, including killing off a too many men on the ice penalty with under three minutes to play in the game. Dubuque iced the game with an empty net goal at 19:50. Seamus Malone got just enough of the puck while being harassed from behind to propel it over the goal line and make it 2-0.
The Fighting Saints have Tuesday off, but return to action Wednesday against the hometown Omsk Hawks which draw a near capacity crowd. Dubuque will play in the electric atmosphere at 7:00 a.m. Central Time on Wednesday. Fans can listen to the game on Dubuque’s Super Hits 106.1 FM and online at superhits106.com.
Dubuque’s trip to the 2013 Junior Club World Cup in Omsk, Russia is sponsored in part by American Trust, Kwik Stop and Dairy Queen, and Mark & Cheryl Falb.
by Zack Fisch, Dubuque Fighting Saints