In their fifth meeting with Cedar Rapids this season, the Gamblers were bested by the Roughriders (24-14-2) by a 2-1 overtime shootout mark Saturday night at the Resch Center — marking the fourth time the victor of the head-to-head matchup won by a one-score margin. With the loss, Green Bay dropped to 19-15-6 through 40 games but increased its season points mark to 44.
Jared Rutledge made his 33rd start of the season in the affair, saving 26 of 27 Roughrider shots to keep the Gamblers in contention early. Matt Weis registered goal No. 13 of the season midway through the opening frame, evening the score 1-1 by the end of the first period.
Neither Green Bay nor Cedar Rapids converted from that point forward, however, leading to an overtime shootout in which the Roughriders tallied two of their three shots – compared to the Gamblers’ one – en route to the 2-1 overtime win.
Head coach Derek Lalonde and company will take on Dubuque at home tomorrow at 3:05 p.m. CT.