GAMBLERS FALL IN SEASON OPENER
The Green Bay Gamblers dropped the puck on their 22nd season in the United States Hockey League on Saturday at the Resch Center. Despite outshooting Bloomington 30-24 the Gamblers fell to the Thunder 4-3.
Green Bay grabbed a 1-0 lead when team captain Sam Saliba tallied a power play goal at the 6:51 mark of the first period. Green Bay continued to control the play in the opening period, but a deflected shot from just inside the Gamblers blue line, fooled goaltender Adam Huska to put the Thunder on the board (15:04).
Green Bay regained the lead at the 1:40 mark of the second period. Appleton native Brett Gruber racing down the right wing, fired a backhand shot on net. Bloomington goaltender Hayden Lavigne made the stop on the Gruber attempt, but left a rebound in the crease area, which was knocked home by Jason Dhooghe.
Bloomington tallied the next two goals on markers from Logan Lambdin (7:37/PP) and Jeremy Davies (11:21) to take a 3-2 lead into the third period.
Bloomington built on their lead at the 6:05 mark of the third period on a Vladislav Dzhioshvili goal. Green Bay made it a one-goal game with 10 seconds remaining in regulation (19:50), on a Joey Marooney power play goal.
Huska took the loss in net for the Gamblers turning aside 20 shots. Lavigne made 27 saves in the win. Green Bay finished 2-for-6 on the power play and 2-for-3 on the penalty kill.
The Gamblers were led offensively by Marooney, who notched a goal and an assist and Marc Michaelis who contributed with a pair of assists.
SALIBA NAME TEAM CAPTAIN
The Green Bay Gamblers announced on Wednesday that Sam Saliba has been named team captain for the 2015-2016 season. The assistant captains are Grant Frederic and Luke Bafia. All three players are in their second year with the Gamblers.
Saliba was acquired in January via a trade with the Sioux City Musketeers. In 23 games with the Gamblers, Saliba registered 18 points on eight goals and 10 assists. With Sioux City, Saliba appeared in 57 games from 2013-15, tallying 27 points (11 goals & 16 assists). The Lake Forest, Illinois native is committed to Michigan State of the Big Ten.
Frederic appeared in all 60 games last season, registering 13 points on six goals and seven assists. The St. Louis, Missouri native was one of only two players on the roster to accumulate over 100 minutes in penalties (112). Prior to his time with the Gamblers, Frederic spent a year in the NAHL with the Janesville Jets. Frederic is committed to Miami of Ohio of the NCHC.
Bafia was one of only three Gamblers to appear in all 60 games last season. The Parrish, Florida native was tops on the team in penalty minutes (134), while registering nine points (1 goal & 8 assists). Bafia spent the 2013-14 campaign in the NAHL with the Rio Grande Killer Bees.
PEEKE TAKES PART IN PROSPECTS GAME
Green Bay Gamblers defenseman Andrew Peeke was in Buffalo, New York last Thursday participating in the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game. The game was held at the First Niagara Center home of the Buffalo Sabres. Peeke was a member of Team Roenick, coached by USA Hockey Hall of Fame member and 20-year NHL veteran Jeremy Roenick. Team Roenick came up on the short-end of a 6-4 score. Peeke joins Ryan Smith (2014), Karch Bachman (2014), Brent Gates Jr. (2014) and Dakota Mermis (2012) as current and former Gamblers who have participated in the All-American Prospects Game.
THREE GAMBLERS LISTED ON NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING
Andrew Peeke, Cam Lee and John Leonard are all listed on the NHL Central Scouting Preliminary Rankings that came out on Tuesday. The NHL Central Scouting Services is a department within the National Hockey League that ranks prospects for the NHL Entry Draft at specific times during the hockey season. Players are ranked based on how well they will translate to the professional game in the National Hockey League. It was founded by hockey executive Jack Button in 1975 to establish a centralized database of NHL prospects. Peeke and Leonard are in their first year in the USHL, while Lee spent the 2014-15 season in Lincoln. Overall, the USHL has 54 current players and 10 alumni who are listed on the preliminary rankings.
GAMBLERS HOST DUBUQUE ON SATURDAY
The Green Bay Gamblers welcome the Dubuque Fighting Saints to the Resch Center on Saturday, October 3. Since 2010 the two teams have combined for four Clark Cups – Gamblers in 2010 and 2012 and the Fighting Saints in 2011 and 2013.
It’s Bud Night featuring $2 Bud and Bud Light draughts. A $1.00 from each paid ticket will benefit the Green Bay Area Youth Hockey Association. Game time is 7:05 PM. For tickets go online to gamblershockey.com or call the TicketStar box office at the Resch Center (1-800-895-0071)
GAMBLERS HOCKEY ON THE AIR
The Gamblers are in Dubuque, Iowa on Friday and you can see all the action at Anduzzi’s Sports Club on Holmgren Way. Face-off between the Gamblers and Fighting Saints from the Mystique Ice Center is set for 7:35 PM. All Gambler road games will be televised at Anduzzi’s Sports Club on Holmgren Way.
Give your name a permanent place on the Tundraland Concourse at the Resch Center by purchasing a puck on the Tundraland Puck Wall. Honor family members and friends, or celebrate a special event or memory in a unique and lasting way. Pucks will become a permanent part of the Tundraland Puck Wall located outside Section 218 on the Tundraland Concourse. Proceeds from the puck wall to benefit youth hockey in Northeast Wisconsin.
WELCOME TO THE SHOW
There continues to be a growing list of former Gamblers who have appeared in an NHL game. This pre-season the following Gambler alumni suited up for their respective NHL team:
Dakota Mermis (11-12) – Arizona Coyotes
Austin Czarnik (10-11) – Boston Bruins
Alex Broadhurst (10-12) – Columbus Blue Jackets
Nick Jensen (08-10) – Detroit Red Wings
Gustav Oloffson (12-13) – Minnesota Wild
Jordan Schmaltz (11-12) – St. Louis Blues
Adam Wilcox (11-12) – Tampa Bay Lightning
Brendan Lemieux (12-13) – Winnipeg Jets
Mermis and Schmaltz will begin the season in the American Hockey League with Springfield and Chicago respectively, while Lemieux was sent back to the Ontario Hockey League’s Barrie Colts.
Gambler alumni who are currently under NHL contract include Justin Braun (San Jose), Ryan Carter (Minnesota), Matt Greene (Los Angeles), Nate Guenin (Colorado), Eric Gryba (Edmonton), Anders Lee (New York Islanders), Mike Sislo (New Jersey) and Blake Wheeler (Winnipeg). Behind the bench, Jon Cooper (08-10) will look to get Tampa Bay back to the Stanley Cup finals, as he enters his third season as head coach of the Lightning.
The Dog Pound presented by Bulldogs is available to the general public for Saturday’s game (October 3rd). Tickets are $30 in advance, $31 day of game. Ticket includes a seat on the glass, complimentary beer, soda, water, private bathrooms and a cash bar. Tickets available at gamblershockey.com or at the TicketStar Box Office at the Resch Center.
The Green Bay Gamblers fell to the Bloomington Thunder 4-3 on Saturday night at the Resch Center. With the loss, the Gamblers fall to 0-1-0 on the season.
Scoring for the Gamblers were forwards Sam Saliba, Jason Dhooghe and Joey Marooney.
Adam Huska recorded the loss between the pipes with 12 saves on 16 shots on goal. With the loss, Huska falls to 0-1-0 on the season.
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