Gamblers Pregame Primer: Sioux City Musketeers, Jan. 18

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The Gamblers will take on the Sioux City Musketeers at the Resch Center Saturday night. This will be the second meeting between the two teams in Green Bay in the past two weekends and fourth overall meeting this season, with Sioux City winning two of the three previous matchups.

Let’s get a preview of the game before the puck drops at 7:05 pm CT.

Season Series: Green Bay 1-1-1, Sioux City 2-1-0
2012-2013 Season Series: Green Bay 1-0-0, Sioux City 0-1-0
Record vs. Sioux City under Derek Lalonde: 2-2-1
Record @ home vs. Sioux City since 2011: 2-0-0
Avg. game score over 6 games since 2011: Green Bay 2.33, Sioux City 1.5

2013-2014 Team Overall Comparison
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2013-2014 Team Home/Road Comparison
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Team Season Stats
Green Bay: 16-10-5 record | 37 PTS (third in Eastern Conference)
Sioux City: 21-10-2 record | 44 PTS (third in Western Conference)

Individual Season Leaders
Points: Nick Schmaltz (29), Jared Thomas (39)
Goals: Kevin Irwin (14), Brandon Hawkins (16)
Assists: Nick Schmaltz (21), Jared Thomas (29)

Goaltender Comparison
Jared Rutledge (GB): 16-8-3 record | 2.83 GAA | 90.9% save rate | 28.6 SV/G
Kyle Hayton (SC): 16-7-2 record | 2.39 GAA | 92.3% save rate | 28.44 SV/G

Storylines to Watch For

  • Brick Wall Between the Pipes- Sioux City’s Kyle Hayton has been one of the best goaltenders in the USHL this season, and a big reason for that has been his consistency on the road and at home — maintaining a 92.5% save rate away from home and 92.2% rate at home.
  • Limiting Goals — Jared Rutledge has been stellar for the Gamblers at home this season, saving 93.6% of all shots while allowing 1.89 goals on average in 11 home contests.

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.

1/10/14 — Green Bay 5, Sioux City 2 — Scoring three goals in the first period for the third time this season, the Gamblers got off to the start they looked for against Kyle Hayton — one of the best goaltenders in the league. Rutledge staved off 27 Musketeer shots in the contest while Drew Best was responsible for two of Green Bay’s scores. “When he’s winning puck battles and competing,” Lalonde said after the game, “he ends up finding himself on the score sheet and that was the case tonight.”

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