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.
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