The United States Hockey League announced on Thursday that Green Bay Gamblers Defensemen Jordan Schmaltz and Andy Welinski and Forward Alex Broadhurst have been named 1st Team All-USHL for the 2011-12 season. Goaltender Ryan McKay and Forward Nolan LaPorte have been named 2nd Team All-USHL for the 2011-12 season.
Schmaltz came to the Gamblers via a November trade with the Sioux City Musketeers. The Verona, Wisconsin native was ranked the 8th best North American prospect for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by NHL Central Scouting. Schmaltz was second in the USHL in scoring from the blueline, appearing in 55 games this season tallying 10 goals and 31 assists and a plus 11 plus/minus rating. Schmaltz is committed to the University of North Dakota (WCHA).
Welinski was touted as one of the top defenseman in the USHL this past season. The Duluth, MN native appeared in 54 games during the 2011-12 season for the Gamblers registering 15 goals and 22 assists. Welinski was the top defenseman in goals scored and second in plus/minus rating with a plus 36 rating. During his rookie campaign, Welinksi was a member of a Gamblers defensive core that led the 16-team USHL in goals against. In June of 2011, Welinski heard his named called by the Anaheim Ducks (3rd round) at the NHL Entry Draft. Welinski is committed to Minnesota-Duluth.
For a second consecutive season, Broadhurst has the distinction of being the team’s leading scorer. In 53 games during the regular season, the New Lenox, IL native scored 26 goals and 47 assists. Broadhurst put together a tremendous rookie campaign, registering 13 goals and 20 assists in 55 games. Broadhurst continued his solid play in the Clark Cup Playoffs, leading the USHL in scoring with 18 points (9 goals & 9 assists). Broadhurst was also the first player in the 33 year history of the USHL to score a shorthanded hat trick in the playoffs in a win against the Youngstown Phantoms in the second round of the playoffs. Broadhurst was selected in the 7th round of the NHL Entry Draft by his hometown Chicago Blackhawks.
McKay returned for a third season with the Gamblers. McKay had an outstanding 2011-12 campaign. The Miami of Ohio recruit amassed 27 wins in route to leading all USHL goaltenders in goals against average (2.18). The Palentine, IL native also holds career franchise records for goals against average (2.11), save percentage (.921), and career wins (66).
LaPorte brought his rugged style back to Green Bay for a second tour with the Gamblers. During the 2011-12 season, LaPorte notched a team high 36 goals and added 34 assists in 57 games. The Western Michigan recruit registered 4 goals and 8 assists in 12 Clark Cup Playoff games.
On the heels of winning the Clark Cup Championship, the Green Bay Gamblers have promoted assistant coach Pat Mikesch to associate head coach. Prior to his one season with the Gamblers, Mikesch was an assistant coach at his alma mater,MichiganTechUniversity, for seven seasons. He was also an assistant coach for the United States Under 17 team that captured the gold medal at the 2011 Five Nations Cup inAnn Arbor, Michigan and has served in a head coaching capacity at various USA Select camps and festivals.
“The timing is fitting to promote Pat to associate head coach after winning the Clark Cup,” said Gamblers head coach Derek Lalonde. “I know Pat will be a head coach in the future, but for now, his coaching and scouting experience will be very important to our future.”
Mikesch played an integral role in the team’s futures and USHL entry drafts the past few weeks and will continue to head up player personnel for the Gamblers. He will also continue to lead special teams and assist with other coaching duties as needed.
The Gamblers recently named David Carle as the teams’ newest assistant coach. His responsibilities will include game analysis, video breakdown, recruiting and working with the team’s defensemen.
The Clark Cup is back in Green Bay! The Gamblers are Clark Cup Champions once again with a 5-2 victory over the Waterloo Black Hawks in game 5 Wednesday night at the Resch Center in Green Bay with over 7,007 fans in attendance. The Gamblers won their 4th Clark Cup Championship and reached the finals the last three consecutive years clinching 2 Clark Cups. The final series won by the Gamblers 3-2 of the best of the five game series of the Clark Cup Championship.
Postseason leading scorer Alex Broadhurst scored the last goal for the Gamblers of the game 5 contest on a 6 on 4 shorthanded empty net goal. Broadhurst leads the playoffs with 9 goals, 9 assists, and 18 points and scored his 2nd goal of the Clark Cup Final series.
Sam Herr scored on a breakaway goal to end the tie putting the Gamblers up 2-1 in the second period at the 11:51 mark. The Notre Dame recruit scored his 7th goal of the playoffs and his 3rd goal in this final series.
Max Hartner put the Gamblers on the board with the first goal of the game giving his team a 1-0 lead late in the first period. The U.S. Air Force Academy recruit scored his first goal in the postseason since scoring last on January 20th in the regular season.
Nolan LaPorte scored in the third period from an assist by Alex Broadhurst at the 9:42 mark. The Western Michigan recruit led the team in the regular season with 36 goals and scored his 4th goal of the postseason.
Also scoring for the Gamblers, Ville Jarvelainen scored the last goal in the second period to put the Gamblers up 2 goals. The St. Cloud State recruit scored his 2nd goal in the postseason.
Goalie Ryan McKay clinched the win with 22 saves on 24 shots in between the pipes. The Miami of Ohio recruit has 81 career total wins, the most ever in the history of any Gamblers goaltender and has his best postseason record of 9-3 in his three year career with Green Bay Gamblers.
The Gamblers end their impressive 2011-12 season with setting many accomplishments and records. The Gamblers had 47 wins in the regular season for a franchise record, 25 road wins during the regular season setting a USHL record, earned 98 points in the regular season breaking another league record, won the Anderson Cup three out of the last four years, and clinched the Clark Cup with first year head coach Derek Lalonde.
The Green Bay Gamblers beefed up their blueline by drafting a pair of college defenseman in Ben Gallacher and Barrett Kaib and a highly touted Christian Wolanin with the teams first three picks of the USHL Entry Draft Tuesday Night. It was no surprise that the Gamblers coaching staff would try to reload a defensive core with the loss of Andy Welinski, Jordan Schmaltz, Max Hartner and Markus Lauridsen next season.
In total, the Gamblers selected 14 players in the Tuesday night USHL Entry Draft… for more on each player selected by the Gamblers visit the link below…
The Gamblers face-off against the Waterloo Blackhawks tonight in Game 5 of the Clark Cup Championship. Face-off is set for 7:05pm at the Resch Center. Great seats are still available. For ticket information visit gamblershockey.com.
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