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The Tri-City Storm (5-9-1) went ahead with an early goal by Garrett Gamez, but allowed three power play goals and ultimately fell to the Dubuque Fighting Saints (13-1-1) by a score of 5-1 on Wednesday night at the Viaero Event Center.
Gamez put the Storm up 1-0 on his third goal of the season at 15:39 of the first period. Tri-City captain Brian Ward started the play, making a nice pass to Tim Lappin who eventually found Gamez all alone on the back door for the goal.
The early strike by the Storm turned out to be the only puck to beat Dubuque goaltender Arthur Brey, as the netminder got his ninth win of the season, making 26 saves.
The Fighting Saints went three-for-eight on their power play, which doomed Tri-City. Peter Quenneville got the first power play goal of the night to tie the game in the second period, and Alex Fossen gave Dubuque the lead with just 25 seconds remaining in the middle frame.
Mike Szmatula started the play and got the puck to Fossen, who beat Storm goaltender Johan Mattsson to give the Saints the momentum heading into the third period.
In the final stanza Dubuque got goals from Szmatula, Evan Janssen and Tyler Spezia to open up their lead.
The Storm will head on the road for two contests away from Kearney this weekend. On Friday night, Tri-City will be in Sioux Falls to take on the Stampede at 7:05 p.m. and on Saturday they will face the Des Moines Buccaneers for the first time this season, also at 7:05.
Tri-City’s next home game will be on Nov. 21 against Sioux City at 7:05 p.m. at the Viaero Event Center.