Five Players Score as Gamblers Top Stars in Weekend Finale

A day after Marc Michaelis became just the fourth player in franchise regular-season history to score four goals in one game, the Green Bay Gamblers witnessed five different players tally a goal Saturday evening at the Resch Center en route to a 5-4 victory over the Lincoln Stars. With the win, the Gamblers improved to 18-30-8 (44 PTS) and completed the weekend sweep of their Western Conference opponent.

“I probably liked last night’s win more because we only had that one lull,” said Gamblers head coach and general manager Pat Mikesch. “When you go up on a team like that, you don’t want to let them back into it. We kind of let Kevin (Reich) out to dry, and that wasn’t fair to him. Our complacency maybe set in a little, but a real credit to our guys for coming back and making sure they secured the win.”

Vili Saarijarvi, Grant Frederic and Sam Kauppila each scored in the first period for the Gamblers against Stars goaltender Peyton Jones on Saturday, giving Green Bay an early 3-0 advantage. Lincoln responded with three consecutive scores in the second frame to knot things at 3-3, however, prompting Mikesch and his staff to pull Kevin Reich in favor for Jason Pawloski. Reich finished the game going 22-for-25 (.880%) in net.

After Jason Dhooghe goal with four minutes remaining in the second period, Ryan Tait converted with his fourteenth goal of the season to open the third, giving the Gamblers a 5-3 advantage. Cam Lee answered with a goal for the Stars, but Pawloski held Lincoln without a goal over the game’s final seven minutes, sealing Green Bay’s 5-4 victory. Pawloski finished going 11-for-12 (.917%) in his relief appearance.

With their first weekend sweep since mid-December in the books, the Gamblers will regroup in preparation for next Saturday’s contest against the Bloomington Thunder, with puck scheduled to drop at 7:05 p.m. CT from the Resch Center. Follow us on Twitter @GamblersHockey for continual news and updates throughout next Saturday’s matchup, and show your support using the #GoGamblers hashtag.

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Michaelis’ Outburst Fuels Gamblers’ Win over Stars

First-year forward Marc Michaelis produced four goals and an assist Friday evening at the Resch Center, an offensive outburst that helped push the Green Bay Gamblers to a 5-3 regulation victory over the Lincoln Stars to open the weekend. With the win, Pat Mikesch’s roster improved to 17-30-8 (42 PTS) with five games remaining in the 2014-15 season.

Alongside Michaelis, forward Sam Saliba bagged two assists and scored a goal of his own, while Joey Marooney contributed with a goal and a helper of his own. Jason Pawloski saved 29 of 32 (.906%) shots in net, a performance that further solidified his .906 season save percentage. Green Bay went 2-for-2 in penalty kills and went 3-for-6 on the man advantage.

With the convincing victory in the books, Michaelis and the Gamblers will look to extend their momentum to the weekend finale against Lincoln. Puck is scheduled to drop at 7:05 p.m. CT Saturday evening at the Resch Center, which will be a Festival Foods Family Night at the Resch Center. Follow us on Twitter for updates throughout the contest.

Late Rally Proves Costly to Gamblers in Weekend Opener

Despite holding a 2-0 advantage late in the second period, the Green Bay Gamblers were eventually defeated by the Muskegon Lumberjacks (30-18-4) by a 3-2 overtime shootout mark Friday evening at the Resch Center. With the loss, the Gamblers fell to 16-29-6 (39 PTS) with eight games remaining in their 2014-15 United States Hockey League regular-season schedule.

Nick Poehling opened up Green Bay’s strong first period with his first career USHL goal, a power-play strike past the left-handed glove of Lumberjacks goaltender Eric Schierhorn just two minutes into regulation. Nick’s brother, Jack, was credited with his first career assist on the play, while first-year forward Sam Saliba also tabbed a helper on the man-advantage score.

Saliba’s night wasn’t over. After a first period that saw the Gamblers out-shoot Muskegon 13-11, Green Bay tallied its second goal of the evening less than one minute into the second frame thanks to Saliba’s fourteenth goal of the season, which was assisted by Luke Bafia. Saliba, a Lake Forest, Ill., native, now has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his 10 most recent games.

At the 15:26 mark in the second period, Muskegon made its move. Matej Paulovic converted on the Lumberjacks’ first power-play of the evening, which narrowed Green Bay’s lead to 2-1 after two full frames. Despite a five-minute man advantage in the third, the Gamblers were unable to extend their lead. Then, with 1.4 seconds remaining, Muskegon knotted things up at 2-2.

Neither team managed to score in the game’s five minute 4-on-4 period, which sent the game to a three-man overtime shootout period. Juraj Mily converted Muskegon’s first attempt. Sam Miletic watched his shot sail wide right of the net. Griffen Molino pulled the Lumberjacks up 2-0 on his team’s third shot. Derek Barach’s miss sealed Muskegon’s late comeback effort.

Despite the outcome, Green Bay goaltender Jason Pawloski performed admirably in his twenty-ninth start of the season on Friday. Overall, he warded off 42 of 44 (.955%) shots on goal against him, an effort that raised his season save percentage to .904%. Muskegon, arguably the best man-advantage unit (.234 season PP%) in the league, went 1-for-3 in power plays against Pawloski.

With the loss behind them, the Gamblers will regroup and prepare for Saturday evening’s weekend finale against the Lumberjacks, which is scheduled for Saturday evening at 7:05 p.m. CT from the Resch Center. Saturday evening will be Bud Night at the arena and will feature the ‘Weiner Dog Races’ after the second period. Follow us on Twitter for updates during Saturday’s game.

Gamblers Bested by Blackhawks on St. Patrick’s Day

ALEC DOPP – The Green Bay Gamblers were defeated by the Waterloo Blackhawks (23-23-6) by a 4-1 regulation score Tuesday night at the Resch Center on St. Patrick’s Day. With the loss, the Gamblers ended their brief two-game home winning streak and fell to 16-29-6 (38 PTS) with nine games remaining in the 2014-15 United States Hockey League regular-season schedule.

First-year forward Marc Michaelis tabbed his ninth goal of the season and fourth point in his last three games in the losing effort for the Gamblers. Sam Saliba and Sam Miletic were credited with assists on Green Bay’s only score Tuesday evening. Saliba, acquired Feb. 1, now has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in 14 games since making his way onto the roster via trade from Tri-City.

Slovakian goaltending prospect Adam Huska, 17, received his fourth start of the season in net for head coach and general manager Pat Mikesch, successfully saving 19 of 22 (.864%) shots on goal against him. Huska was pulled in favor of Minnesota State recruit Jason Pawloski late in the second period, however, who managed to ward off seven of eight (.875%) Waterloo shots in his relief appearance.

Jack and Nick Poehling, twin brothers who led Lakeville North High School to an undefeated season and Minnesota state hockey championship earlier this month, made their home debuts for the Gamblers in the loss and were held without a goal or assist. Jack fired off two shots Tuesday evening, while Nick was held shot-less and spent two minutes in the box for a boarding minor.

After out-shooting the Dubuque Fighting Saints by a 30-24 margin Sunday afternoon en route to a convincing 6-1 victory, the Gamblers were out-shot 30-22 Tuesday evening by the Blackhawks and were held without a power play goal in four man-advantage opportunities. Waterloo, whose .219% power play rate ranked fourth-highest in the USHL coming in, went 1-for-2 with an extra attacker.

With the loss in the rear-view mirror, the Gamblers will reconvene for practice at the Resch Center this week in preparation for the opener of this weekend’s home-stand, which is scheduled to begin Friday at 7:05 p.m. CT against the Muskegon Lumberjacks. Follow us on Twitter @GamblersHockey for notes and updates throughout this weekend’s contests.

Miletic’s Hat-Trick Lifts Gamblers to Win in Weekend Finale

After dropping their weekend opener at the Mystique Ice Center by a slim 4-3 margin on Saturday, the Green Bay Gamblers returned to the Resch Center Sunday afternoon and secured a 6-1 win over the Dubuque Fighting Saints to cap the weekend. With the victory, Pat Mikesch and company improved to 16-28-6 (38 PTS) with 10 games remaining in their 2014-15 United States Hockey League schedule.

University of Michigan forward recruit Sam Miletic bagged three consecutive goals in the winning effort for the Gamblers, marking the first natural hat-trick of any player on the roster. Jake Kauppila recorded the go-ahead score for Green Bay on a breakaway late in the second period, while first-year forward Derek Barach chipped in with his eleventh goal of the season to go with an assist in the victory.

Jason Pawloski received his twenty-ninth start in net for Green Bay on Sunday, successfully saving 23 of 24 (.958%) shots on goal against him en route to his eighth winning decision. Pawloski, in conjunction with the Gamblers’ defensive corps, held Dubuque 0-for-4 on power play opportunities in the affair. In four previous meetings, Dubuque had gone 4-for-13 (.308) on power plays against Green Bay.

With Sunday’s victory in the books, the Gamblers will regroup in preparation for Tuesday evening’s matchup with the Waterloo Blackhawks (22-23-6), which is scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m. CT from the Resch Center. For continual notes and updates leading up to Tuesday’s puck drop, follow us on Twitter @GamblersHockey and show your support using the #GoGamblers hashtag for a re-tweet.

Gamblers Edged 4-3 in Weekend Opener at Dubuque

The Green Bay Gamblers were defeated by the Dubuque Fighting Saints (29-17-4) by a slim 4-3 regulation mark Saturday evening at the Mystique Ice Arena. With the loss, the Gamblers dropped to 15-28-6 (36 PTS) with 11 regular-season contests remaining in their 2014-15 schedule.

Sam Saliba and Marc Michaelis led the way for Green Bay offensively, each scoring once while assisting on two other scores. Derek Barach chipped in with his tenth goal with an extra attacker in the waning moments of regulation, while Jack Poehling recorded a helper in his United States Hockey League debut.

Kevin Reich received his sixteenth start of the season in net for the Gamblers on Saturday, but was pulled after allowing two goals in the first 6:11 of regulation. Jason Pawloski played the final 53:07 minutes in net for Green Bay, successfully saving 29 of 31 (.936%) shots on goal against him.

Head coach Pat Mikesch and company will return to the Resch Center on Sunday afternoon, playing host to the same Dubuque squad. Puck is scheduled to drop at 3:05 p.m. CT. Follow us on Twitter @GamblersHockey and show your support using #GoGamblers for a re-tweet.

Gamblers Stumble in Weekend Finale at Cedar Rapids

In the finale of a two-game weekend road swing, the Green Bay Gamblers were defeated by the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (36-16-0) by a convincing 5-0 regulation mark Saturday evening. With the loss, the Gamblers dropped to 15-27-6 (36 PTS) and exited the weekend in the Eastern Conference’s last spot.

Jason Pawloski received his twenty-seventh start in net for Green Bay, saving 38 of 43 (.884%) shots on goal against him. Marc Michaelis led the roster with five attempts, but the Gamblers were out-shot 43-24 in the contest and went 0-for-3 on power plays. Cedar Rapids went 1-for-4 with an extra attacker.

With both weekend losses behind them, the young roster of head coach Pat Mikesch will regroup in preparation for Saturday’s road matchup at Dubuque, which is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CT. Green Bay will wrap up next weekend with a home matchup against the Fighting Saints on Sunday, March 15 at 3:05 p.m. CT.

Follow us on Twitter at @GamblersHockey for continual news and updates throughout the week, and show your support using the #GoGamblers hashtag for a re-tweet at next Sunday’s home game at the Resch Center.