The Green Bay Gamblers were defeated by the Waterloo Black Hawks in regulation by a 4-3 score Sunday afternoon at the Resch Center. With the loss and Muskegon’s overtime loss to Team USA, the Gamblers fell one point behind the Lumberjacks for the conference’s final playoff seed.
Cam Hackett made his second consecutive start in goal for the Gamblers, allowing four of Waterloo’s 31 shots in the back of the net. Matt Weis and Ryan Siroky scored for Green Bay in the first period, but the Gamblers capitalized just once from that point forward – a goal from Connor Hurley with 0.1 seconds left in regulation.
With two games remaining in the regular season, Derek Lalonde and company will travel to Indiana next Friday, April 4 to take on the Ice before heading to Muskegon Saturday, April 5 for the season finale.
The Green Bay Gamblers kept pace with the Muskegon Lumberjacks for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference last night, defeating the 17-and-unders of Team USA by a 4-1 regulation score. With the win, Green Bay pushed its regular season record to 28-23-6 and increased its win streak to three.
Ryan Lough’s eighteenth goal of the season gave the Gamblers an early lead, but Team USA answered back with its lone goal of the evening shortly after. Nick Schmaltz’ go-ahead power play goal in the second period put Green Bay up for good. Also scoring for the Gamblers forwards Dawson Cook and Sebastian Weberg.
Derek Lalonde and company will play host to Waterloo Sunday at the Resch Center with the puck scheduled to drop at 3:05pm CT.
The Green Bay Gamblers defeated the Lincoln Stars by a 4-2 regulation score Friday night at the Resch Center. With the victory, the Gamblers kept pace with Muskegon for the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot with 60 PTS.
Jared Rutledge started in goal for Green Bay, successfully saving 16 of the Stars’ 19 shots on goal. Derek Lalonde and company got the fast start they were looking for offensively when Evan Tironese scored less than two minutes into the game. Nick Schmaltz followed suit with two goals of his own, while Dawson Cook contributed with his fifteenth goal of the season.
Green Bay will welcome the 17-and-unders from Team USA to the Resch Center tomorrow night in the second game of the homestand, with the puck scheduled to drop at 7:05pm CT.
The Green Bay Gamblers (26-23-6) will host the Lincoln Stars (22-27-7), Team USA (26-24-4) and the Waterloo Blackhawks (39-11-5) this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Resch Center. Faceoff is scheduled for 7:05 PM on Friday and Saturday while Sunday’s matinee game will be at 3:05 PM. For more information on tickets and promotions visit gamblershockey.com. For group ticket rates contact the Gamblers Group Hotline at (920) 405-1265. Tickets start at just $9 ($1 more day of game). Be sure to catch the action as the Gamblers look to make the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season.
Friday vs. Lincoln: This will be the final tilt between the two teams. Green Bay won the lone meeting earlier this season 3-2 at the Ice Box. The Stars have been eliminated from playoff contention in the Western Conference but are 4-1 in their last five games.
Promotion: Friday is the annual Weiner Dog Races presented by Fox Communities Credit Union and a Coors Light Night. Fans 21 years and older can enjoy medium Coors Lights for just $3.00.
Saturday vs. Team USA: The Gamblers are 1-2 this season against Team USA. Team USA trails Muskegon and Green Bay by four points for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, However, Team USA has two games in hand which creates a playoff atmosphere on Saturday night.
Promotion: Saturday is American Heart Association Night presented by North Shore Bank and a Festival Foods Family Night. Sodas and hotdogs are just $1.00 and kids 14 and under get $5.00 off the $17, $15, and $13 sections.
Sunday vs. Waterloo: Sunday’s game will be a rematch of the 2012 Clark Cup finals as the Gamblers host the Blackhawks for the second time this season. The season series is tied at 1-1 with each team winning on home-ice by a score of 4-3. Waterloo sits atop the Western Conference with 83 points.
Player to Watch: Connor Hurley has averaged nearly a point a game since being acquired from the Muskegon Lumberjacks. In 30 games played with the Gamblers Hurley has tallied 29 points. Hurley, a second round pick to the Buffalo Sabres, will be a key component in the Gamblers’ playoff push because he plays in nearly all situations including working the point on Green Bay’s top powerplay unit.
Goaltending: Cam Hackett saw action in both games in a weekend split with the Tri City Storm. Hackett in his last five starts has only given up more than two goals in one game. On the season Hackett is 4-7-2 with a 90.6 save percentage and 2.06 goals against average. Jared Rutledge who got some rest last weekend has played in 42 of 55 games this season.
Alumni Report: Grant Arnold, a sophomore at the University of Denver, has played in 40 games with the Pioneers registering seven points and 20 penalty minutes. The Pioneers won the first ever NCHC tournament this past weekend in Minneapolis, MN to give them a birth in the NCAA tournament. Former Gamblers assistant coach David Carle is a member of the DU coaching staff.
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