The United States Hockey League announced the CCM Forward, Defenseman and Goaltender of the Week for Week 26 of the 2016-17 season. A trio of Gamblers earned weekly awards, as Casey Mittelstadt was named Forward of the Week, Connor Mackey picked up Defenseman of the Week honors and Maksim Zhukov was named Goaltender of the Week.
Mittelstadt returned to the Gamblers lineup for the first time since Nov. 12 and made an immediate impact in the team’s three games over the weekend. In Friday’s 4-1 victory over Cedar Rapids, the Eden Prarie, MN native scored two goals and dished out an assist. He added two more helpers on Saturday to help complete the weekend sweep of the RoughRiders before tallying his fourth assist and sixth point of the weekend in a 5-1 win over Madison on Sunday. He has earned at least one point in nine of his last 10 USHL games and has tallied 19 points (7G, 12A) in that stretch dating back to Oct. 22. Mittelstadt is tied for fourth among all USHL rookies in scoring with 27 points (10G, 17A) in 19 games. He is also in the top-five among rookies in assists (17), power-play goals (5), power-play assists (13) and leads all rookies in power-play points (18). Earlier this season, he was named MVP of the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game following a two-goal performance. He was also named USHL Forward of the Week on Nov. 7 and was ranked fifth among North American skaters in January’s NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings. Most recently, Mittelstadt was named Minnesota’s Mr. Hockey following a successful season with Eden Prairie High School. Mittelstadt is committed to the University of Minnesota and was selected in the fifth round, 73rd overall by the Gamblers in the 2014 USHL Phase I Draft.
Mackey had two assists both Friday and Saturday night in a pair of wins over Cedar Rapids, and added his fifth helper of the weekend in Green Bay’s 5-1 victory over the Madison Capitols on Sunday. The Barrington, IL native leads both the Gamblers and USHL defensemen in scoring with 47 points (6G, 41A) in 55 games. He now has points in three straight games, with five assists in that span. His 41 assists are tops among defensemen and second among all USHL players, and has dished out multiple assists 11 times this season. The Minnesota State University, Mankato commit was been named Defenseman of the Week for the fourth time this season, as he previously won the award on Oct. 31, Nov. 7 and March 6. Mackey was selected in the 13th round, 197th overall by Green Bay in the 2015 USHL Phase II Draft and previously played for Team Illinois (HPHL) and Barrington High (USHS).
Zhukov made 23 saves on 24 shots on Friday night before making 30 saves on 32 shots on Saturday as Green Bay swept their weekend series with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. The Russian netminder has now won his last four starts between the pipes and now sits with an overall record of 17-8-1-1. He leads all USHL rookie goaltenders in GAA (2.31) and is second in both wins (17) and SV% (.914). He has been busy in goal for the Gamblers this year, as he has made 20 or more saves in 19 of his 29 appearances. Zhukov was named to the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game earlier this season, where he was credited with 11 saves. He was also ranked fifth among North American Goaltenders in January’s NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings. Zhukov previously won Goaltender of the Week honors on Jan. 30 and was selected in the third round, 40th overall by Green Bay in the 2016 USHL Phase II Draft. Zhukov previously played for Lokomotiv Jr. Yaroslavl in Russia.
The partnership between the Green Bay Gamblers and the American Heart Association continued this past Saturday. Through ticket sales, 50/50 raffle and tips from the Gamblers Celebrity Waiter Dinner earlier in the week, the team raised $6,100 for the American Heart Association.
Saturday marked the 6th year of the American Heart Association game. Since the game’s inception, presenting sponsor North Shore Bank, and Grazies Italian Grill have been involved. Saturday was one of the team’s largest attended games of the year. Crowd of 5,777 were treated to a 4-2 win
The game is also about recognizing those in our community. Aimee Mikesch, wife of Gamblers head coach Pat Mikesch, was recognized for saving the life of Russ Joachim earlier this calendar year. Aimee, a registered nurse, used CPR to resuscitate Joachim.
Any student who raised $5 or more through the Jump Rope for Heart Campaign received a complimentary ticket. Multiple students collected over $1,000 and were recognized at the game. Teachers and schools also did their part. Denmark Elementary ($22,106), Winneconne Elementary ($22,000), Sunrise Elementary ($21,000), Meadowbrook Elementary ($19,788) and Rockledge ($18,250) combined to raise over $103,000.
“The American Heart Association is a game that is very dear to our organization,” says Gamblers Director of Business Jeff Mitchell. “I want to thank the students, teachers, sponsors and especially the efforts of Korren Jewitt of the American Heart Association for making this game so special.”
Gamblers are home at the Resch Center this upcoming weekend, as they take on the Omaha Lancers. Start time on both Friday and Saturday is 7:05 PM. Tickets start at $10 and are available at the Resch Center box office or online at gamblershockey.com For group rates contact Greg at 405-1150.
The Gamblers defeated the Madison Capitols 5-1 on Sunday afternoon at the Resch Center. With the win, the Gamblers improve to 30-21-2-2, just one point shy of the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Scoring for the Gamblers were forwards John Leonard, Brody Stevens, Jason Dhooghe (2) and Jared Spooner.
David Hrenak recorded the victory between the pipes for the Gamblers with 24 saves on 25 shots on goal. With the win, Hrenak improves to 13-13 on the season.
The Green Bay Gamblers defeated the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders 4-2 on Saturday night at the Resch Center. With the win, the Gamblers improve to 29-21-2-2 on the season.
Scoring for the Gamblers were forwards Dante Palecco, Josh Kosack, Easton Brodzinski and defenseman Tony Stillwell.
Maksim Zhukov recorded the victory between the pipes for the Gamblers with 30 saves on 32 shots. With the win, Zhukov improves to 17-8 on the season.
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