The Indiana Ice defeated the Green Bay Gamblers 1-0 at the Resch Center on Friday night to take the best of five series 3-1. The 2013-2014 season marked the sixth consecutive season the Gamblers have made the playoffs.
Denis Smirnov was the lone goal scorer for the Indiana Ice.
Green Bay Gamblers netminder Jared Rutledge turned aside 20 of 21 shots in the loss. In the two game series at home, Rutledge only gave up two goals.
The Green Bay Gamblers dropped Game 3 of their opening playoff series by a slim 1-0 margin Thursday night at the Resch Center. With the loss, the Gamblers now face a 1-2 deficit in the best-of-five series heading into Game 4 Friday evening.
Jared Rutledge diverted 31 Ice shots on goal in the contest, but the Gamblers struggled offensively – registering 12 unsuccessful shots on goal en route to their ninth shutout loss of the 2013-2014 season.
Head coach Derek Lalonde will look for a rebound performance from his squad Friday evening at the Resch, with the puck scheduled to drop at 7:05 p.m. CT.
The Green Bay Gamblers earned a critical playoff road victory to even the first round best-of-five series at 1-1 with a 6-5 win over the Indiana Ice. Home ice shifts in Green Bay’s favor as they will host games three and four on Thursday and Friday with a chance to win the series at home.
Gavin Stoick scored the first goal of the playoffs for Green Bay midway through the first period. Connor Hurley scored two power play goals, one which came on a misplay by the Ice as they put the puck into their own net on a Green Bay delayed penalty.
Hurley also had an assist on Nick Schmaltz’s goal in the second period, and Jordan Gross also received an assist on that play. Matt Weis scored a power play goal late in the third period and Ryan Lough scored an empty net goal which turned out to be the eventual game winner as Indiana made a comeback effort late in the third period.
Sam Kurker and Matt Roy each scored twice for the Ice in the third period to pull the Ice within one. Patrick Newell also scored for the Ice and has three goals in the series through two games.
Jared Rutledge recorded his first USHL playoff victory stopping 39 of 44 shots including all 16 that came his way in the first period. Hayden Stewart took the loss in net for Indiana giving up four goals on 15 shots before being pulled after the second period.
The Gamblers will host games three and four on Thursday, April 17 and Friday, April 18 at the Resch Center. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 PM. For information on tickets visit gamblershockey.com. For group ticket rates contact the Gamblers Group Hotline at (920) 405-1265. Tickets start at just $9 day before game and are $10 day of game.
The Indiana Ice defeated the Green Bay Gamblers 2-0 in game one of the first round of the Eastern Conference Clark Cup Playoffs to take the 1-0 series lead. Patrick Newell scored two second period goals to help give the Ice a lead they would never give up. Green Bay will look to even up the series tomorrow in game two of the best of five series at the Pan Am Pavilion at 6:05 PM.
Jared Rutledge took the loss in net for the Gamblers stopping 24 of 26 shots. Ice goalie Hayden Stewart earned the shutout victory turning away all 22 shots Green Bay put on goal.
Green Bay was 0-for-2 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.
You can catch game two between the Gamblers and Ice live at the D2 Sports Pub. The D2 Sports Pub is located just a slapshot away from the Resch Center on Armed Forces Drive. The game is also available on fasthockey.com or you can follow along on the Gamblers Facebook or Twitter page for updates throughout the game.
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