The Green Bay Gamblers announced on Tuesday that defenseman Nick Leitner has been named team captain. Leitner was acquired this summer after spending the previous two seasons in Des Moines. The Bemidji, Minnesota native currently ranks fourth among all USHL Defenseman in points (7).
“Nick brings a ton of experience to our program”, says Gamblers Head Coach/General Manager Pat Mikesch. “He is a player who leads by example on the ice and in the locker room. Great role model for our team and a fine example for the younger players on what it takes to be successful in this league.”
Forwards Noah Prokop and Rory Herrman were named assistant captains. Prokop is in his second-year with the Gamblers. In 2017-18, the Nebraska-Omaha commit tallied 19 points in 56 games. This season, Prokop has three goals and an assist in 11 games.
Herrman is in his third season with the Gamblers. The R.P.I. commit leads the team in scoring with eight points. In 106 career USHL games, Herrman has 35 points and 140 penalty minutes.
The Gamblers next home game is at the Brown County Arena on Saturday, November 10. Game is presented by Labatt Blue. To celebrate the rich hockey tradition at the BCA, team will wear special edition Green Bay Bobcat jerseys. Jerseys are available for purchase following the game through a “Live” auction. Fans also have the chance to skate on the BCA ice one final time, as Sun Drop presents Skate with the Gamblers. Tickets are $20 and $14 for adults and $16 and $10 for kids (dollar more day of game). To reserve tickets, go to gamblershockey.com
The Green Bay Gamblers earned a point in the standings on Friday in Des Moines (3-2) and fell to the Central Illinois Flying Aces on Saturday (5-1). Green Bay, who has played eight of their first 11 games on the road, is 4-6-1 on the 2018-19 campaign.
Des Moines forward Kaden Bohlsen scored in overtime and Roman Durney made 28-saves in the Buccaneers 3-2 win over the Green Bay Gamblers on Friday in Des Moines, Iowa. Rory Herrman (16:53) and Dylan Wendt (18:43) tallied 2nd period goals less than two minutes apart to give the Gamblers a 2-1 lead heading into the third period. Des Moines tied the game at the 11:44 mark of the third. Bohlsen finished off an odd man rush in overtime for the game winner (2:21). Evan Fear, who is reigning USHL Goaltender of the Week, turned aside 28-shots.
Central Illinois got goals from five different players and goaltender Ryan Snowden made 19-saves in the Flying Aces 5-1 win over Green Bay on Saturday in Bloomington, Illinois. Trailing 2-0 early in the third period, the Gamblers cut the lead in half, as Paul Maust found the back of the net (9:03). Central Illinois regained the two-goal lead less than 2-minutes later (10:56) and added insurance goals at the 14:17 and 15:52 marks of the final period. Evan Fear suffered the loss in net turning aside 37 shots.
Today the USHL announced Gamblers goaltender Evan Fear has been named USHL Goaltender of the Week.
Fear was outstanding between the pipes during his only start of the weekend, as he stopped all 43 shots he faced in Green Bay’s 1-0 victory over Dubuque. With his 43-save performance, the Quinnipiac commit earned his first career USHL shutout and moved his season record over the .500 mark to 3-2-0-0. Fear has been solid through five starts this year, posting a 2.59 GAA and .924 SV%. His .924 SV% places him sixth among all USHL goaltenders who have played more than one game, while his 2.59 GAA is ninth in the same category. He has also faced 35 or more shots in three of his five appearances. 2018-19 marks Fear second season playing in the USHL, as he suited up for 14 games with the Dubuque Fighting Saints during the 2016-17 campaign. A Winnetka, IL native, Fear spent time with the Springfield Jr. Blues (NAHL) and Chicago Mission (HPHL). He was taken in the fourth round, 57th overall by the Gamblers in the 2018 USHL Phase II Draft.
The Gamblers defeated the Dubuque Fighting Saints 1-0 on Sunday afternoon at the Resch Center. With the win, the Gamblers improve to 4-5-0-0 on the season.
The lone goal scorer for the contest was forward Jesse Tucker.
Evan Fear recorded the shutout today with 43 saves. With the win, Fear improves to 3-2 on the season.
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