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Gamblers Weekend Preview (10/29)

The Green Bay Gamblers will play the Chicago Steel Saturday, October 29th at 3:05 p.m. at the Resch Center. This will be the second matchup of the year against Chicago, the first being October 1st ending with a 2-1 Gambler win. Being the leading two teams in the conference, it’s sure to be an exciting game to watch as they fight for the #1 spot. The Gamblers went 4-6 against Chicago Steel last year.

The Gamblers start the year with a 4-2-1 record and are currently second in the USHL Eastern Conference with 9 points. Some players to watch for include Kristoffer Eberly and Nicholas VanTassell. New to the Gamblers this season, Eberly brings championship experience in net. The goalie comes from the Clark-Cup winning Musketeers from a year ago. So far, Eberly’s proved to be a steady hand in goal, playing the most minutes of any goaltender to start the year. In his last game out, he was excellent, saving 31 of 32 shots, allowing just one goal as the game against Cedar Rapids went into overtime. The Ohio State commit will look to continue that performance this weekend in another game at the Resch Center. Returning for his second year with the Gamblers, VanTassell is the top scorer returning to the team this year. The Massachusetts commit finished eighth in Gambler goals with 11 as a rookie last season, along with 18 points on 7 assists. VanTassell was also a 2022 BioSteel All-American last season. Scoring points in four straight weeks, the forward is one to keep an eye on during Saturday’s game.

The Chicago Steel have a 6-4 record to start the year. They are currently first in the USHL Eastern Conference with 12 points. Some players to watch for include Jayden Perron and Nicholas Moldenhauer. Perron is back for his second year with Chicago Steel. Last season, the North Dakota commit finished sixth in points for Chicago with 45. Of all the returners for the Steel, he scored the second-most points last year. With top scorers like Jackson Blake and Adam Fantilli leaving the Steel, Perron’s had big skates to fill. This season, he’s done just that. With 15 points on 4 goals and 11 assists, he leads the USHL in points. The forward’s playmaking has been the biggest factor, leading the league in assists. He’s also scored points in every game this season except his last time out against Youngstown. Moldenhauer is returning for his second season with Chicago, last year finishing eighth with 41 points. The third round Maple Leafs draft pick landed sixth on the team in goals with 18, second-most among returners. This year, he leads the Steel with 9 goals this far. Although he hasn’t scored a goal in his last two games, he’s still a threat to score every time he’s on the ice.

Puck drop is at 3:05 PM on Saturday. Come early Saturday for a Trick or Treat Trail starting at 1:00 PM. You can get your tickets for Saturday’s game at www.gamblershockey.com.

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