Green Bay completed a weekend sweep over the Tri-City Storm, winning 5-4 in a shootout on Friday, and 4-2 on Saturday. The highlight of the weekend was captain Mikey DeAngelo who recorded four points over the two games.
Tri-City got out of the gate quick on Friday with a goal just 56 seconds into the game to take a 1-0 lead. That turned out to be the only goal until Julian Lutz lit the lamp at the 6:54 of the second period. That goal netted him his 10th goal of the season. The Gamblers scored again soon after to grab their first lead of the game through an unlikely goal scorer, Brady O’Malley, at the 9:48 to make it a 2-1 game heading into the third. A chaotic third period saw the Gamblers grab two goals through Will Hughes, and DeAngelo, while the Storm scored three to send the game to overtime at 4-4. Hughes got on the board first to give Green Bay a 3-1 lead at the 6:38. Tri-City had a huge chance to cut the deficit in half at 8:21 when they had a penalty shot, but Adam Gajan came up with a big stop to deny Trevor Connelly. Connelly shook off that missed opportunity and scored a few minutes later at the 11:08 to make it a 3-2 game. Gambler captain DeAngelo restored the two-goal lead for Green Bay just 90 seconds later with a shot-handed goal at the 12:42, before Connelly scored his second of the night at 13:41 on a power-play for a 4-3 game. The Storm was able to score the equalizer at 15:22 to send the game into overtime, and an eventual shootout. In the shootout, seven players from each team stepped up, and failed before Lev Katzin put the puck in the back of the net to win the game for Green Bay, thus earning himself the first star of the night.
Saturday night proved to be a much less dramatic affair as Green Bay controlled the majority of the game. Like the night before, Tri-City struck first at 7:52 to make it 1-0. That lead didn’t last long as in his debut weekend with the team, Ryan Humphrey, scored at 8:30 to tie the game at 1 heading into the second. Ben Poitras added the lone goal in the second at the 13:47 to give Green Bay their first lead of the game, and to score his 5th goal of the season. Jayson Shaugabay stepped up early in the third to double the Gambler advantage at 3-1. Tri-City responded to that goal less than a minute later to cut the deficit in half, before Green Bay got a late empty net goal through Will Hughes to end the scoring at 4-2. For their performances, Shaugabay and Poitras earned first and second stars of the night.
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