The Dubuque Fighting Saints allowed four power-play goals in their first game at the 2013 Junior Club World Cup on Sunday, losing to HC Riga of Latvia 5-2 at Omsk (Russia) Arena.
Dubuque, of the United States Hockey League, went ahead 2-1 on two goals from Robby Darrar. After yielding a power-play goal to open the scoring, the Fighting Saints evened the score late in the first period with a 5-on-3 goal. Alexx Privitera and Seamus Malone had assists.
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Darrar, a New Jersey native who is committed to the University of Vermont, scored unassisted a little more than five minutes into the second period to put Dubuque in front. HC Riga responded with the last four goals.
Dubuque will play HC Vitkovice Steel in the second game of group play Monday in Omsk. Vitkovice lost 5-1 to the hosts from Omsk on Sunday, so the loser of the Dubuque-Vitkovice game could be eliminated from the chance to advance to the semifinals.
The Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League opened group play with a loss Sunday, falling 5-1 to Dynamo-Shinnik of Belarus. Defenseman Kevin Raine opened the scoring 8:24 into the first period, but the Belarusian club scored five unanswered goals.
Sudbury will play Monday against HPK of Finland, which defeated the Swedish team in the tournament, Frolunda, 4-3 on Sunday. The Wolves won the 2012 Junior Club World Cup, defeating the Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL in the championship game.