On Saturday the Green Bay Gamblers season ended as they fell to the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the opening round of the Clark Cup playoffs. Although we fell short of our goal, winning the organization’s fifth Clark Cup and third in the last seven years, it was still a great season.
On the ice, the Gamblers finished with the second best regular season record (37-16-4) in the 17-team United States Hockey League. The Resch Center provided quite an advantage, as the Gamblers finished with a league best 23-5-2 record on their home ice. Individually, goaltender Adam Huska set a USHL record for goals against average (1.82). Huska was also tops among all USHL goaltenders in save percentage (.931). Twenty of the 23 players on the Gamblers roster received college scholarships. The list includes:
Luke Bafia (Western Michigan) Matt Berkovitz (Wisconsin)
Ryan Blankemeier (Dartmouth) Jason Dhooghe (Ohio State)
Grant Frederic (Miami of Ohio) Chris Grando (Boston College)
Brett Gruber (Arizona State) Adam Huska (UCONN)
Cam Lee (Western Michigan) John Leonard (UMASS)
Joey Marooney (Minnesota) Marc Michaelis (Minnesota State)
Connor Murphy (Cornell) Gordi Myer (Ohio State)
Andrew Peeke (Notre Dame) Jack Poehling (St. Cloud State)
Nick Poehling (St. Cloud State) Sam Saliba (Michigan State)
Ryan Smith (Maine) Jared Spooner (Minnesota State)
Off the ice, the Gamblers finished second in the USHL in attendance drawing over 110,000 for the season (per game average 3,683). Compared to last year, attendance was up 267 per game.
It marked the eighth straight season that the Gamblers drew over 100,000 in single season attendance. The largest crowd was Teddy Bear Toss (2/27/16), a sellout – 8,397.
I am also proud to announce the Gamblers generated over $80,000 for local and national charities and programs this season. The list includes; Sting Cancer, local chapter of Disabled American Veterans, American Heart Association, Autism Society of Wisconsin, youth and high school sports, FFA and various programs through the local elementary, middle and high schools. The team also collected mittens and stuffed animals for those less fortunate in our community.
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The Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League (USHL) have announced team honors for the 2015-2016 season. These players were selected for the following awards:
Most Valuable Player – Adam Huska
Best Offensive Player – Sam Saliba
Best Defensive Player – Luke Bafia
Community Service Award- Matt Berkovitz
Huska logged 2,138 minutes this season posting a 26-9-2 record in 37 games between the pipes for the Gamblers. The New York Rangers prospect was the top ranked goaltender in the USHL in Save Percentage (.931) and broke a Tier 1 record in GAA (1.82) during the regular season. Huska also ranked 2nd in the USHL with four shutouts.
Selected as the captain of this year’s squad, Sam Saliba led the Gamblers in scoring tallying 52 points (29 goals, 23 assists) in 59 games. In addition, the Michigan State recruit led all USHL skaters in powerplay goals during the regular season (16). Saliba played 82 games in two seasons with the Gamblers totaling 70 points (37 goals, 33 assists).
Bafia registered 14 points (1 goal, 13 assists), 118 penalty minutes and a plus 12 plus/minus rating in 53 games this season. Selected as an assistan captain for the 2015-2016 team, the Western Michigan recruit suited up for 113 games in two seasons for the Gamblers netting 23 points (2 goals, 21 assists) and 252 penalty minutes.
Off the ice, Berkovitz volunteered countless hours to various community-based programs, such as youth hockey and reading in the local elementary schools. On the ice, the Wisconsin commit registered 14 points (2 goals, 12 assists) in 75 games over the past two seasons with the Gamblers.
The Dubuque Fighting Saints defeated the Gamblers 2-1 on Saturday night at the Mystique Ice Center in Dubuque, Iowa. The Fighting Saints win the best-of-five series 3-1.
The lone goal scorer for the Gamblers was defenseman Andrew Peeke.
Adam Huska recorded the loss between the pipes for the Gamblers with 25 saves on 27 shots on goal.
The Dubuque Fighting Saints defeated the Gamblers 6-1 on Friday night at the Mystique Ice Center in Dubuque, Iowa. With the loss, the Gamblers trail the best-of-five series 2-1.
The lone goal scorer for the Gamblers was forward Jason Dhooghe.
Adam Huska recorded the loss between the pipes for the Gamblers with 23 saves on 28 shots on goal.
The Gamblers will face the Fighting Saints tomorrow night in game four of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals in Dubuque. Face-off is set for 7:05pm.
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