Gamblers Pregame Primer: Muskegon, Nov. 27

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ALEC DOPP — The Gamblers (8-5-4) will return home for the second time in November this Wednesday, welcoming the Muskegon Lumberjacks (10-7-4) to the Resch Center for a Thanksgiving-eve matchup between Eastern Conference opponents. The game will be the third occasion in which the clubs have played this season, having split the two previous games in overtime shootout affairs.

Before the puck drops at 7:05pm, here are a few game notes to consider.

Season
 Series: 1-1 split
Record vs. Muskegon under Derek Lalonde (since 2011): 
13-3-3
Record @ home vs. Muskegon since 2011: 9-0-1
Average score over 19 games since 2011: Green Bay 4.1, Muskegon 2.7

Team Season Stats
Green Bay: 20 PTS | 10% shot-conversion rate | 89.7% save rate
Muskegon: 24 PTS | 11.2% shot-conversion rate | 90.5% save rate

Individual Season Leaders
Points:
Matt Iacopelli (20), Nick Schmaltz (17)
Goals: Matt Iacopellli (17), Kevin Irwin (10)
Assists: Cooper Marody (11), Robbie DeMontis (11), Nick Schmaltz (10)

Additional Notes

  • The Gamblers have yet to lose in regulation at the Resch Center this season, posting a 6-0-1 record at the venue. Only Dubuque has been able to match the feat, going 8-0-0 in its home arena.
  • Green Bay’s six-game home win streak (dating back to Oct. 5) is currently the third-longest among USHL teams.
  • Dropping their last three games, the Gamblers are tied for the league’s longest non-wins streak with Fargo.

Game Briefs

  • Sept. 21 – Muskegon 5, Green Bay 4  (recap) — Despite a valiant comeback effort from Green Bay after finding itself down 2-0 six minutes in, the Lumberjacks sent 3,177 fans home disappointed in the Gamblers’ 2013-2014 home opener. Goals from Kevin Irwin and Nick Schmaltz in the final two periods sent the game into an overtime shootout. Schmaltz and Ryan Lough failed to connect with goals in the shootout, however, leading to Frederik Tiffels’ game-clinching goal.
  • Oct. 12 – Green Bay 4, Muskegon 3 (recap) — Two goals from Kevin Irwin and another from Ryan Siroky put the Gamblers in position to win late, but a rifle from Tommy Panico with three minutes remaining sent the game into extra-minutes, where neither team recorded the game-winning goal. Nine failed shootout shots later, Nick Schmaltz sealed the game for Green Bay with a slap-shot goal past Jordan Uhelski.
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