The Madison Capitols defeated the Green Bay Gamblers 6-3 tonight at the Resch Center. With the loss, the Gamblers fall to 17-10-2 on the season.
Scoring for the Gamblers were forwards Sam Saliba, Jack Poehling and defenseman Andrew Peeke.
Kevin Reich suffered the loss between the pipes for the Gamblers with 10 saves on 13 shots on goal. Reich replaced Drydan McKay in the first period. With the loss, Reich falls to 6-4-1 on the season.
The Green Bay Gamblers defeated the Tri-City Storm 4-3 in overtime on Tuesday night at the Resch Center. With the win, the Gamblers improve to 17-9-2.
Scoring for the Gamblers were forwards Sam Saliba, Connor Murphy, Ryan Smith and Brett Gruber. Gruber’s goal was the game-winning goal in overtime.
Kevin Reich recorded the victory between the pipes for the Gamblers with 26 saves on 29 shots on goals. With the win, Reich improves to 6-3-1 on the season.
The Green Bay Gamblers defeated the Tri-City Storm on Monday night at the Resch Center. With the win, the Gamblers improve to 16-9-1 on the season.
Scoring for the Gamblers were forwards Connor Murphy, Sam Saliba and Chris Grando.
Kevin Reich recorded the victory between the pipes for the Gamblers with 23 saves on 25 shots on goal. With the win, Reich improves to 5-3-1 this season.
GAMBLERS STAY HOT
The Green Bay Gamblers continued to stay hot, taking three out of four points over the weekend. After defeating the Chicago Steel 2-1 on Friday, the Gamblers earned a point in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Madison Capitols. Green Bay, who has earned at least a point in each of their last four games, heads into the holiday break with the third best winning percentage (.615) in the 17-team USHL.
Kevin Reich made 23 saves to backstop the Gamblers to a 3-1 win over the Chicago Steel on Friday at the Resch Center. Forward Jared Dhooghe redirected a Grand Frederic shot to open the scoring at the 14:54 mark of the first period. The Gambles upped their lead to 2-0 when Jared Spooner’s wrist shot from the slot area beat Chicago goaltender John Lethemon top corner (7:54/2nd period). Chicago made it a one-goal affair midway through the third period (11:52). The Steel had multiple chances in the final minutes, but Reich stood tall to record his fourth win of the campaign. Defenseman Cam Lee rounded out the scoring with an empty-net goal in the final seconds (19:57).
The Gamblers win streak was halted at three games, as they fell to the Madison Capitols 4-3 in overtime on Saturday at the Resch Center. Despite the loss, the Gamblers still earned a point in the standings, as the game was decided in overtime. The power play for both teams was the story – Green Bay 2-fo-6, Madison 3-for-6. It marked the first time since October 17 that the Gamblers allowed a power play goal at home. Goal scorers for the Gamblers were Sam Saliba (5:43/1st period), Jack Poehling (6:28/2nd period) and Lee (10:40/3rd period. Reich suffered the loss in net making 26 saves.
CAM LEE NAMED USHL DEFENSEMAN OF THE WEEK
On Monday, Gamblers defenseman Cam Lee was named the CCM USHL Defenseman of the Week. Lee scored goals in back-to-back games and ended the weekend with a +2 rating. Lee’s current two-game goal scoring streak is one game shy of his previous career high he set last season. The second year NHL Draft-eligible defenseman leads Green Bay in scoring from the blue line, and is fifth in scoring by USHL defensemen. The Nova Scotia native is committed to play college hockey at Providence College, and was twice named to NHL Central Scouting Watch list this season. Lee previously played for the Lincoln Stars (USHL), Northwood School (USHS) and Cardigan Mountain School.
PEEKE AND LEONARD NAMED TOP PROSPECTS
Gamblers defenseman Andrew Peeke and forward John Leonard were selected to compete in the 2016 USHL/NHL Top Prospects game, January 12 in Omaha Nebraska. Peeke has appeared in 22 games, recording two goals and 12 assists. Peeke was a member of the U.S. Junior Select team that captured a bronze medal at the 2016 World Junior “A” Challenge in Ontario, Canada. Leonard has seen action in 21 games recording three goals and an assist. The selection process for players competing in the game was completed in cooperation with NHL general managers and scouts, NHL Central Scouting and USHL general managers. All 40 players chosen are eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft, including 27 players that are in their first year of eligibility for the NHL Draft.
PEEKE TAKES HOME BRONZE
Andrew Peeke and his United States teammates took home the bronze medal at the 2016 World Junior “A” Challenge in Whitby, Ontario Canada. In the bronze medal game Team USA defeated Canada East 7-1. Peeke appeared in five games, registering a goal and an assist. The United States finished the tournament with a record of 3-2-0.
The Gamblers will be without the services of goaltender Adam Huska until January 8. Huska is suiting up for his native Slovakia at the U20 World Championships in Helsinki, Finland. Defenseman Luke Bafia has missed the last four games with a lower body injury. Bafia is skating, but his return is still unknown. Forward Josh Dunne, who has missed the entire season due to injury, is expected back in the next couple of weeks.
The 2015-2016 Green Bay Gamblers roster features 15 players who are committed to NCAA Division 1 institutions. The list is as follows: Matt Berkovitz (Wisconsin), Ryan Blankemeier (Dartmouth), Grant Frederic (Miami of Ohio), Chris Grando (Boston College), Brett Gruber (Arizona State), John Leonard (UMASS), Connor Murphy (Cornell), Gordi Myer (Ohio State), Marc Michaelis (Minnesota State), Andrew Peeke (Notre Dame), Jack Poehling (St. Cloud State), Nick Poehling (St. Cloud State), Sam Saliba (Michigan State) and Jared Spooner (Minnesota State).
The Green Bay Gamblers collected 1,425 pairs of mittens this past Saturday (12/19) as part of the team’s annual Mitten Toss. The mittens were tossed on the ice when Gamblers team captain Sam Saliba scored a power play goal a little over 5-minutes into the game. All mittens collected are donated to children in need throughout Northeast Wisconsin.
Since 2009 nearly 10,000 pairs of mittens have been collected. The presenting sponsor each year has been Fox Communities Credit Union.
“The cornerstone of the Gamblers organization is giving back to the community that supports our team,” says head coach Pat Mikesch. “I thank Fox Communities Credit Union for their continued support and the fans who graciously donate the mittens and gloves.”
Also supporting the annual event is Saranac Glove, Aurora BayCare, WIXX and members of the Green Bay Preble High School HOSA and FCCA clubs, who assist with the clean-up and counting of the mittens.
The Gamblers will continue to accept mittens throughout the season. If you would like to donate a pair, please drop them off at the team store on game nights or the Resch Center box office on non-game days.
Upcoming home games include Monday, December 28, Tuesday, December 29, Thursday, December 31 and Saturday, January 2. To purchase tickets, list of promotions and start times log onto www.gamblershockey.com
KIDS TICKETS JUST $8
Kid’s tickets for the Gambler games on Monday, December 28 and Tuesday, December 29 are just $8.00. Game time for both games is 7:05 PM. December 29 is also Super Heroes/Princesses Night presented by Commando Paint Ball. Bat Man, Spider Man, Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Ariel, Tinker Bell and the Minions will be on hand. Present your ticket and play Laser Tag from 5:00 – 7:00 PM in Shopko Hall. For tickets go to www.gamblershockey.com or stop by the ticketstar box office at the Resch Center.
NEW YEAR’S EVE
A Green Bay tradition continues on Thursday, as the Gamblers take to the ice for their annual New Year’s Eve game. Medium Miller Lite draughts are just $3.00. Start time between the Gamblers and Madison Capitols is set for 6:05 PM. For tickets go to www.gamblershockey.com or stop by the ticketstar box office at the Resch Center.
Give your name a permanent place on the Tundraland Concourse at the Resch Center by purchasing a puck on the Tundraland Puck Wall. Honor family members and friends, or celebrate a special event or memory in a unique and lasting way. Pucks will become a permanent part of the Tundraland Puck Wall located outside Section 218 on the Tundraland Concourse. Proceeds from the puck wall to benefit youth hockey in Northeast Wisconsin.
SCHMALTZ TO TAKE NEXT STEP
The rich in offensive talent may just be getting richer next season. To go along with Patrick Kane, the Chicago Blackhawks added Teuvo Teravainen to the mix last season and Artemi Panarin this season. Panarin and Teravainen have quickly fit into top-6 and power play roles, complementing the Blackhawks’ offense.
A season from now, there may just be such talk about another young skilled forward former Gambler Nick Schmaltz. Schmaltz is only a sophomore at the University of North Dakota, and there’s no guarantee he’ll come out of school after this season. But the Blackhawks will undoubtedly be motivated to sign him – they’ve become more aggressive with their college prospects after losing Kevin Hayes – and Schmaltz is showing more and more that he’s ready for the next step.
Schmaltz, the Blackhawks’ 2014 first-round draft pick, is currently fourth in the nation with 26 points and is tied for first with 23 assists. He is also a plus-29 on the season.
The Blackhawks were interested in signing Schmaltz after his freshman season, but Schmaltz decided it was best for him to return to school. It’s a decision that’s been paying off.
“I think I needed another year,” the 6-foot-1, 181-pound Schmaltz said recently. “I don’t think I was ready physically to play at the next level. I thought however much time I needed they were willing to give to me. I think this year has helped me a lot. I’ve gotten a lot stronger.”
The one knock on Schmaltz, even at the Blackhawks’ prospect camp last summer was he becomes invisible at times. He would make a highlight play showing off his quick hands and vision – Kane even remarked about his ability in July – but then he’d fail to contribute for many shifts.
Schmaltz was mindful of that as he approached this season.
“Obviously you want to be good every night,” said Schmaltz, who will play for the U.S. in the World Junior Championship later this month. “I think that’s something I worked on this year putting stretches of games together and not taking any nights off. You can’t take any nights off in the pros or you’re not going to play. You got to bring it every game, every night. I think I’ve gotten better at that and hopefully I can continue.”
The Blackhawks have kept a close eye on Schmaltz’s development since drafting him, and they like where he’s heading.
“Two things stand out,” a Blackhawks scout said. “He has the ability to make plays at a fast speed and has really improved his play away from the puck, defensive side.”
Other NHL teams are also already aware of Schmaltz and what he could provide to the Blackhawks.
“He’s a good one,” one Eastern Conference assistant general manager said. “He continues the Blackhawks’ mantra of skilled players.”
Schmaltz has played center for North Dakota and could give the Blackhawks’ additional depth at the position with Jonathan Toews centering the first line, Artem Anisimov on the second line and Marcus Kruger on the fourth line. Putting Schmaltz with Teuvo Teravainen as a right wing might be something the Blackhawks could look at in the future as well.
Schmaltz said he’s enjoyed watching what Kane and Panarin have been doing together on a line this season.
“Those guys are fun,” said Schmaltz, whose brother Jordan is in the St. Louis Blues’ system. “I really enjoy watching Panarin and Kane. Those guys, their creativity in the offensive zone is something I try to do, just hold the puck and make plays. It’s exciting to just think maybe I’ll play with those type of players.”
Schmaltz isn’t thinking too far in the future, though. He said he’d weigh whether to sign an entry-level deal with the Blackhawks after his season.
“Kind of focus on the year and then when the time comes decide if I’m ready or not,” Schmaltz said. “I just have to wait and see.”
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