On Saturday night (12/28) the Green Bay Gamblers collected a record 1,487 pairs of mittens and gloves during the 5th Annual Warm Hearts for Warm Hands Mitten Toss presented by Fox Communities Credit Union.
The 4,007 in attendance tossed the mittens on the ice when veteran forward Sebastian Weberg tallied the Gamblers first goal.
All mittens collected were given to Green Bay elementary schools.
In addition to the mittens collected, the Gamblers and Fox Communities Credit Union raised $2,816 for the Tank Elementary School’s Weekend Back Pack Program. The money was raised through ticket proceeds and a 50/50 raffle.
In five years hosting the Warm Hearts for Warm Hands Mitten Toss the Gamblers and Fox Communities credit Union have collected over 6,041 mittens for the community.
The Gamblers defeated the Fighting Saints by a 2-1 regulation mark Saturday night at the Resch Center, pulling Green Bay even with Dubuque and Team USA for the Eastern Conference’s second-best team points mark (33) through 27 games. The win improved the Gamblers’ 2013-14 season mark to 14-8-5.
Staving off 35 of 36 total shots by the Fighting Saints in the contest, Green Bay goaltender Jared Rutledge increased his season save rate to 90.7 percent. With time winding down in regulation, the Skokie, Ill. native faced an onslaught of shots, yet maintained his composure, ending any hope for Dubuque to draw even.
“The one thing you know is he competes so hard every night,” Gamblers assistant head coach Pat Mikesch said after the game. “And I think his competitiveness is what won us that game tonight.”
In a high-paced affair, the Fighting Saints controlled the puck in the first half of the opening frame, registering the first 10 shots on goal while holding Green Bay shot-less until 9:25 remaining in the period. But with Rutledge between the pipes, the Gamblers knew it would only take one shot to break open the game for good.
And they got that goal.
With 2:49 remaining in the opening period, Sebastian Weberg produced the game’s first tally – a slap-shot goal 15 feet from the net and past Dubuque goaltender Hayden Stewart. The score gave Green Bay a 1-0 advantage heading into the second period despite having been out-shot 13-7 in the initial frame.
Continuing the Gamblers’ streak of efficient scoring, Ryan Lough notched his twelfth goal of the year midway through the second period, extending the Gamblers’ lead to 2-0 over the Fighting Saints. Evan Tironese recorded his fifteenth assist on the goal.
Eric Robinson tabbed Dubuque’s lone goal of the game at the 15:29 mark in the final period, trimming Green Bay’s lead to 2-1. Rutledge rendered the score moot, however, by successfully saving each of the next seven shots produced by the Fighting Saints en route to giving his team the 2-1 victory.
“Well I mean we didn’t start well last night and we didn’t start well tonight,” Mikesch said, “so I mean it’s something that we’ll need to look at in our preparation. But I like the way we’re playing as a 60 minute game. We had to hang on there a little bit at the end, but the starts are definitely something we want to do better. That’s a good team that game out ready to play.”
Following up a 7-5 road win against Dubuque the previous night with their first home victory since Nov. 27, the Gamblers realize the importance of winning games against top competition as the second half of the season begins to take shape.
“I think either of those games could have gone either way,” Mikesch said. “We know Dubuque is one of those top teams, so it’s a good matchup for us. We could have been 0-2 just as easily this weekend and sat there and said: ‘We’re close’. Right now, we’re in the same position — we’re going to be one of those teams that’s in the mix at the end of the year.”
The Green Bay Gamblers defeated the Dubuque Fighting Saints 7-5 on Friday night at the Mystique Ice Center in Dubuque, Iowa. With the win, the Gamblers improve to 13-8-5 on the season.
Forward Dawson Cook tallied a pair of goals in the contest including scoring on a penalty shot in the second period. Forward Connor Hurley made an immediate impact scoring the game-winning goal in his first game with the Gamblers.
Forwards Ryan Siroky, Matt Weis, Brent Gates Jr. and Kevin Irwin also scored for the Gamblers in the win.
Jared Rutledge recorded the win between the pipes for the Gamblers posting 26 saves on 31 shots on goal. With the win, the Skokie, Illinois native improves to 13-7-3.
The Gamblers return home this Saturday as they welcome the Dubuque Fighting Saints to the Resch Center for team’s 5th Annual Mitten Toss presented by Fox Communities Credit Union. Fans are asked to bring a new pair of mittens or gloves to be thrown out on the ice after the Gamblers score their first goal. The gloves and mittens will be collected and distributed to children in the Green Bay school district. It is also a Festival Foods Family Night and a Sun Drop Skate with the Gamblers. The Gamblers will also donated a portion of each ticket sold to the Weekend Backpack Program. Face-off is schedule for 7:05pm. For information on purchasing tickets visit gamblershockey.com.
The Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League acquired defenseman Tyler Dorantes and a seventh round draft pick in phase two of the 2014 USHL Draft from the Des Moines Buccaneers in exchange for the Gamblers sixth round pick in phase two of the 2014 USHL Draft.
Dorantes brings his rugged style of hockey to Green Bay. In his second season with the Buccaneers, the Waterford, Michigan native has tallied 185 penalty minutes to accompany nine points. Prior to his time in Des Moines, Dorantes tallied 10 points in the High Performance Hockey League with the Compuware U18 team and 11 points for the Belle Tire U16 team during the 2010-11 season. Dorantes is committed to Ferris State University.
The Gamblers return home Saturday, December 28th as they take on the Dubuque Fighting Saints at the Resch Center. Face-off is scheduled for 7:05pm. For information on promotions or purchasing tickets visit gamblershockey.com.
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