The Gamblers were able to record their second win of the weekend in a thrilling overtime finish. This time beating the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders 4-3 in their first overtime of the season with goals from Tanner Bruender, Ben Poitras, and Jayson Shaugabay.
In a first period that saw each team have their fair share of chances, Green Bay were able to strike first through an own goal by Cedar Rapids at the 16:42. The RoughRiders goaltender, Rudy Guimond, saved a shot from Tanner Bruender that rebounded into the shin of a Cedar Rapids defender, who knocked it in the net. As Bruender was the last Gambler to touch the puck, he was credited with the goal. The RoughRiders were able to find the back of the net through Landan Resendes. The Massachusetts native picked up the puck in the neutral zone, and fired a quick wrist shot from the right circle to tie the game at 1. Cedar Rapids outshot Green Bay 11 to 6.
The Gamblers were able to strike first in the second period through Bruender on the powerplay to make it 2-1. The Minnesota native found space in the slot to receive a pass from Lev Katzin at the 8:00. Green Bay was able to capitalize on the powerplay yet again when at the 11:36, they scored through Ben Poitras. The Ontario native scored off a rebound with an assist credited to Blake Bechen to double the Green Bay lead. Cedar Rapids were able to cut that deficit in half with a goal at the 15:12 by Colin Grable. Grable took advantage of a 2-on-1 breakaway to find space to receive a pass from former Gambler Amine Hajibi to make it a 3-2 game. Cedar Rapids outshot Green Bay 9 to 6.
Cedar Rapids were able to equalize through Garett Drotts at the 7:22 with an assist by Riley Bassen. Bassen took the puck behind the net and found Drotts in the slot to make it a 3-3 game. The rest of the period went back and forth with neither team being able to find a winner. Cedar Rapids outshot Green Bay 11 to 6.
The Gamblers were able to find the winning goal in overtime through Jayson Shaugabay at the 3:43. The Tampa Bay Lightning draft pick took the puck just past the blue line before firing a shot on goal that was saved by Guimond. In a fit of confusion from the Cedar Rapids defense, he was able to put his own rebound in the back of the net to win the game for Green Bay.
Overall, Cedar Rapids outshot Green Bay 35 to 25. Green Bay was more clinical on powerplays going 2-for-2, while Cedar Rapids went 0-for-4.
Three Stars: 1st Tanner Bruender 2 goals, 2nd Jayson Shaugabay 1 goal 1 assist, 3rd Garett Drotts