DUBUQUE, Iowa | Dubuque was a perfect 3-for-3 on power plays and got a hat track from Adam Tisdale as the Fighting Saints upended Sioux City 5-4 in a United States Hockey League game played at Mystique Ice Center Saturday evening.
Dubuque led 5-2 late in the third period but Sioux City made things interesting by scoring twice on goals by Sampo Ranta with 6:13 left and Micah Miller with 2:01 remaining but could not get the equalizer.
Tisdale, who entered the game with three goals on the season, got his team off to a fast start, scoring just 20 seconds into the game.
Sioux City briefly took a 2-1 lead in the first frame, leveling the score at 1-1 when Matt Miller scored his second of the year off an assist from Martin Pospisil, then moving ahead when Cole Koepke cashed in a short-handed opportunity while teammate Carson Riddle was off for slashing.
The lead lasted just 27 seconds, however, with Tisdale scoring his second of the night off the power play to tie things back up at 14:18 of the second period.
The Saints got the go-ahead goal at 4:25 of the middle period while a man short themselves when Chayse Primeau got an unassisted tally to make it 3-2. Primeau, the son of NHL alum Keith Primeau, tipped a pass away from a Sioux City power play and skated the length of the ice for the score.
Dubuque got consecutive power-play scores to start the third period, the first by Jan Kern at 3:44 of the frame before Tisdale got his third of the night at 6:16.
The Saints improved to 7-5-3 with the win, good enough for fifth place the the USHL Eastern Conference.
Sioux City remained in last place in the Western Conference with 11 points (4-8-3). The Musketeers are back in action at Central Illinois Friday.