ALEC DOPP — The Green Bay Gamblers earned their fourth consecutive berth in the USHL playoffs Saturday night, defeating the Muskegon Lumberjacks by a 4-3 regulation score. The win catapulted Green Bay into the Eastern Conference’s fourth and final postseason spot with 66 PTS and a 30-24-6 regular season record.
Matt Weis and Ryan Siroky got the Gamblers’ offense rolling with goals in the first period. Sebastian Weberg followed suit in the third to give Green Bay a commanding 3-0 advantage, but a furious late-game comeback that included three consecutive Muskegon goals knotted the game up at three a piece to begin the third and final frame.
Weis tallied the game-winning goal with 9:49 remaining in the third period, while Rutledge held strong in net despite a 6-on-5 man advantage for Muskegon with just seconds remaining, finishing with 30 saves on 33 total attempts in his forty-fifth start of the 2013-14 season.
With the regular season in the rear-view mirror, the Gamblers will fix their attention on a first-round best-of-five playoff matchup with the Indiana Ice – the Eastern Conference’s top seed. Game dates and times have yet to be announced