Gamblers Pregame Primer: Sioux City, Jan. 10

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Losing by a 4-3 regulation mark in Chicago Sunday afternoon, the Gamblers will return to the Resch Center Friday, Jan. 10 for a matchup with the Sioux City Musketeers. It will be the third meeting between the two clubs this season, with Sioux City taking the first two games by one goal margins (2-1 on Oct. 19; 3-2 on Nov. 22), but will be first meeting in Green Bay since March 22, 2013.

Season Series: Green Bay 0-1-1, Sioux City 2-0-0
2012-2013 Season Series: Green Bay 1-0-0, Sioux City 0-1-0
Record vs. Sioux City under Derek Lalonde: 1-2-1
Record @ home vs. Sioux City since 2011: 1-0-0
Average score over five games since 2011: Green Bay 1.6, Sioux City 1.4

2013-2014 Team Home/Road Comparison
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Team Season Stats
Green Bay: 35 PTS | 11.1% shot conversion rate | 90.3% save rate
Sioux City: 43 PTS | 11.3% shot conversion rate | 92.9% save rate

Individual Season Leaders
Points: Jared Thomas (36), Nick Schmaltz (28)
Goals: Brandon Hawkins (15), Kevin Irwin (13)
Assists: Jared Thomas (26), Nick Schmaltz (20)

Goaltender Comparison
Jared Rutledge (GB): 2.81 GAA, 90.0% save rate
Kyle Hayton (SC): 2.24 GAA, 92.6% save rate

Additional Notes

  • Boasting an 8-6-0 mark on the road this season, the Musketeers currently own the USHL’s second-longest road wins streak (5) — a streak dating back to December 5.
  • Sioux City’s Kyle Hayton has established himself as one of the best goaltenders in the league, allowing just 2.24 goals per game (third best among qualified goalies) with a 92.6 percent save rate that ranks second-best among qualified goaltenders.
  • Allowing four goals to Chicago in Sunday’s loss, the Gamblers fell to 1-7-2 this season when allowing more than three goals in a game. The Musketeers have averaged 3.6 goals per game this season, which is one of the better marks in the league.

Game Briefs

10/29/13 — Sioux City 2, Green Bay 1 — Converting on a power play goal in the first period and another in the second, the Musketeers held true to a 2-0 advantage until midway through the final frame, where Nick Schmaltz brought Green Bay to within one with a power play goal of his own. The Gamblers, however, were unable to capitalize from that point forward and eventually fell 2-1. Jared Rutledge tallied 24 saves in the contest while Green Bay matched Sioux City 26-26 in shots on goal.

11/22/13 — Sioux City 3, Green Bay 2 (OT) — After a scoreless a first period for both squads, Sioux City broke through with two second-period goals to go up 2-0. Gavin Stoick trimmed the lead to 2-1 at the end of the period, however, and Schmaltz tied the game midway through the final period, sending the game into overtime. On their 29th shot of the contest, the Musketeers ended things with a power play goal from Blake Heinrich.

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